George Clooney, who is perhaps as equally beloved by Hollywood as “overrated” Meryl Streep, waded into the Trump v. Hollywood muck Monday night, defending his female acting counterpart.
At a reception hosted by The Clooney Foundation for Justice, the Nespresso-loving actor gave People a sarcastic retort when asked his thoughts on the president-elect calling Streep “over-rated” in a tweet following her critical speech at the Golden Globes Sunday.
“I’ve always said that about Meryl,” he joked. “She’s maybe the most overrated actress of all time.”
“She and I worked together on Fantastic Mr. Fox as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she’s overrated,” he went on.
The event was held in support of Netflix documentary White Helmets, about volunteer first responders risking their lives to rescue Syrians affected by airstrikes.
Addressing the attendees, Clooney praised the work of the volunteer group, and of those putting a spotlight on critical events happening out of public view. These issues, he eloquently added, are where he thinks celebrities should step in.
“The only reason that people who are well known should be involved in these kinds of things is when no one knows about them,” he said.
“I can’t change policy, but I can make things louder. I can help them make it louder — they’re the filmmakers, the brave ones and the White Helmets are the heroes, so if I can help them out at all and people can know about it, in any way possible, then that’s a good use of celebrity, I think.”