EXCLUSIVE: Meryl Streep Was Totally Starstruck Meeting Al Pacino for the First Time

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Even Meryl Streep can get starstruck!

The actress said she understands when fans get nervous around her on Thursday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show, recalling a pre-fame encounter she once had with a very famous actor.

“The first famous person I knew was Al Pacino,” Streep told Norton in ET's exclusive clip. “I didn’t work with him, but he came over to the house for dinner.”

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Pacino was close friends with Streep’s then-boyfriend, actor John Cazale, and to this day, the 66-year-old actress laments her decision to cook spaghetti for her future Angels in America co-star, who is the son of Sicilian-American parents.

“I cooked homemade spaghetti sauce,” Streep remembered with a self-deprecating laugh. “Somebody had told me once to put a carrot in the sauce. It was awful.”

The actress recalled stirring the sauce as her lip twitched anxiously during the dinner.

“I was so nervous because he was so famous,” she said with a laugh. “But, you know, people are people.”

The Graham Norton Show
airs Thursday, April 21 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.

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