Robert De Niro Says He Would Join 'Big Little Lies' as Meryl Streep's Husband (Exclusive)

Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro
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The Hollywood legend and producer Jane Rosenthal addressed Time's Up and his willingness to give TV a shot.

Could film legend Robert De Niro be heading to TV?

If he had his way, just maybe.

De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal spoke to ET Wednesday at an event in New York City to promote the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. The 74-year-old actor praised the festival's increasing inclusion of television series in their events and suggested that it has become every bit as important to Hollywood as film.

With legendary actress Meryl Streep joining Big Little Lies for Season 2, ET asked De Niro if he'd be up to giving television a shot as Streep's husband on the show.

"Yeah, sure I would," De Niro responded. "Television is not the way it was when I was a young actor. It's totally different. They’re doing very good work in television."

While it may be surprising to hear De Niro open to doing some TV work, it shouldn't shock anyone that he'd be open to working with Streep.

In January, De Niro gave a moving speech about Streep to celebrate her winning Best Actress from the National Board of Review Annual Awards, calling her the "most generous and giving actor." 

"Meryl doesn't seem to have any imperfections," he went on. "And I say that with the most love for you, Meryl. I love you so much."

Streep thanked De Niro with a sweet kiss on the lips.

At the awards, De Niro also thanked Streep for her work off-camera, alluding to her political stances on issues such as the Time's Up, the anti-sexual harassment and misconduct movement.

It was a movement that was very much on the mind of Rosenthal at the Tribeca event on Wednesday. The film festival recently added a Time's Up event, marking the first time it will address issues of sexual misconduct in the industry -- and beyond.

"Women voices are important. It started with so many of these actresses that came and spoke up about the issues that were going on in our industry," Rosenthal told ET. "While you will see some of the leaders of that movement -- Ashley Judd and Julianne Moore -- you're also going to have conversations about the farm workers, what’s going on in legal aid what  goes on with human resources, so it's really a day that will hit more than just the entertainment business which, for us to really make change, it would have to be beyond the entertainment business."

The 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 18-29 in New York City.

For more on the Time's Up movement, watch the video below.