By Mandi Bierly
Updated August 05, 2009 at 07:00 PM EDT

This morning, the always delightful Meryl Streep stopped by CBS’ Early Show to chat with PopWatch fave Harry Smith about Julie & Julia. Near the end of the interview, they talked about Meryl’s new status as a summer blockbuster star. “I know, go figure. It’s so… alarming,” she said, with that laugh that is utterly joyous yet entirely elegant. “What’s happening to the world?” After she explained that it’s a bizarre, but happy surprise, Harry gave her a scenario: “Listen, they’re gonna ask you to do a movie about something very serious, and they’ll just say, ‘But it just has to have one car crash or one helicopter thing.’ That’s how it starts. Don’t be afraid.”

“I don’t think they’re gonna get me in the catsuit anytime soon,” she said. “Although… I’d pay to avoid that movie.”

Obviously, a 15-time Oscar nominee doesn’t need my career advice, but I would love to see Meryl Streep in a smart action film. I’m thinking a James Bond flick where she goes head-to-head with M (Judi Dench) or perhaps the next Bourne movie with Matt Damon. A part of me would even sanction her having a small but important role in the third Charlie’s Angels movie Drew Barrymore has been toying with. What? I’d love to see what an actress of Streep’s caliber could bring to a true popcorn flick — like Johnny Depp in The Pirates of the Caribbean — and Drew said she was considering adding a fourth Angel. (Though, honestly, I would prefer Meryl play a delicious villain — who kills one of the Angels. Controversial!)