The pair frequently meets in social gatherings and their annual game of Christmas charades, where they are constantly pitted against one another. Streep, who has been married to sculptor Don Gummer for 31 years, has admitted that their deep friendship and her admiration for his film work has made it easy for her to slip into the role as Tucci's on-screen wife.
"Stanley and I are always on opposite sides in a very famous charades game during Christmas. We've been at each other's throats like married people for a long time, many years and we knew each other in that way," the Daily Express quoted her as saying.
"I've been in love with him from a far anyway with the totality of the man from Big Night to his directing work, in every way. It wasn't a tough job imagining being in love with him," she said.