While watching It’s Complicated for the 10th or 11th time, I noticed something after that scene where Alec Baldwin can’t make it to a romantic dinner with his ex-wife because he’s busy trying to impregnate Lake Bell while she’s ovulating: Meryl Streep is damn good at turning off the lights.

As seen in the video above, Meryl Streep is so damn good at turning off the lights that at least two movies this century have included scenes showcasing her talent. Just watch as she moves gracefully from room to room in It’s Complicated and The Hours flipping switches and turning knobs. Ms. Streep never loses an ounce of her own electricity, even as she watches it drain from various coils illuminating the homes of her characters.

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In my favorite moment, she takes a few seconds to regard a hallway before sending it back into darkness.

Not since Apollo has someone shown such masterful control over light.


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