Meryl Streep is a world famous and first class actress and so one might expect her to be caught up in the glitz and glamour of showbiz and Hollywood. But this talented leading lady has proved once again she is down to earth by telling reporters that although her job can be challenging, she is under no illusions that is as difficult as providing humanitarian assistance overseas .
In her latest film "August: Osage County" , Streep plays Violet Weston, a powerful, drug-addicted, cancer-suffering grandmother - the role earned her a standing ovation  at the pre-release screening in New York this week, Agence France Presse reported.
At the pre-release, the Oscar winner was reportedly asked by the press how difficult she found channeling Violet. The megastar admitted that although she had to film some tough scenes - including one where she needed to throw up in the back of a car - her acting job "wasn't relief work in the Sudan".
Streep's remarks come weeks after Tom Cruise, another Hollywood favourite, was quoted by U.S. media as comparing his job to fighting in Afghanistan.
Cruise, 51, said it felt like being away at war especially during his last movie, "Oblivion."  He also said working on the latest "Mission: Impossible" flick was like enduring Olympic training, according to NY Daily News.