“What I love about Meryl is I always feel like she sees me,” Viola, 51, told ET while hitting the carpet at the Time 100 Gala on Tuesday night (April 25) in New York City. “I never feel like the words she has for me are haphazard. I feel like they’re very specific and they’re well thought out and that makes me feel good. It makes me feel like she really is a friend, that she really takes me in.”
“Besides the fact that it’s Meryl Streep, she really doesn’t have to give me anything, really,” Viola added. “When she just sends me a text message she doesn’t know I get so happy. I try to play it off, I really do, I’m like, ‘Oh ok well have a good day’ but I’m really like, ‘Oh my god, she texted me back!’”
Pictured: Meryl hitting the red carpet with composer, lyricist and honoree Stephen Sondheim, Alan Cumming and Audra McDonald at PEN America’s 2017 Literary Gala held at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday (April 25) in New York City.