'I'm floating!': Ruth Negga says it was 'surreal' to have Meryl Streep mention her name when discussing diversity during THAT Golden Globe speech
Meryl Streep brought up Ruth Negga's name when talking diversity in Hollywood during her now famous Golden Globe Awards acceptance speech on Sunday that irked President elect Donald Trump.
The 35-year-old Ethiopian actress, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn in the drama Loving, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday to discuss being single out during the ceremony.
'I’m still kind of floating from that,' Negga told Kimmel. 'I couldn’t believe it, it was incredibly surreal and just a complete dream come true.'
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Floating! Ruth Negga responded to having her name dropped by one of Hollywood's greatest leading ladies of all time while being interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday
In her speech, Streep, 67, emphasized the importance of diversity, mentioning by name several of her colleagues that come from lands outside the US, near and far.
'The beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and raised in Ireland, and she’s here nominated for playing a small-town girl from Virginia,' Streep said from the podium.
'Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts.'
Ruth Negga says it was 'surreal' to have Meryl Streep mention her name when discussing diversity during THAT Golden Globe speech
Absorbing it: The Loving star, 35, was shouted out by Meryl Streep during her acceptance speech for the Cecile B. DeMille Award at the 74th Golden Globes on Sunday
Streep's message drew the ire of President-elect Donald Trump, the person whose actions fueled The Iron Lady star's plea for protection of the press.
He called Streep 'one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,' a comment which gave Kimmel a laugh and left Negga mostly silent in disbelief.
'I'm told she's, like, not over-rated at all,' Jimmy said, unable to stop chuckling, after Negga professed her longtime appreciation for Streep.
'Unbelievable,' Negga said after a brief pause before dismissing the topic, not willing to give it any more attention.
Taking a stand: In her speech, Streep, 67, emphasized the importance of diversity, mentioning by name several of her colleagues that come from lands outside the US, like Negga
Negga was nominated for a Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a motion picture in a drama for her role as a woman in an interracial marriage, battling anti-miscegenation laws in Virginia in the 1960s.
The Preacher star lost out to Isabelle Hupert, who won for her performance in the movie Elle.
Her nomination was announced Tuesday for the rising star award at BAFTA's EE British Academy Film Awards, which will air February 12.
More to come: The Preacher star's nomination was announced Tuesday for the rising star award at BAFTA's EE British Academy Film Awards, which will air February 12
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