Actress Meryl Streep said in an interview this week with Michigan LGBT weekly PrideSource that she's been “in love with gay people” all her life.

Streep, who is promoting her upcoming film Florence Foster Jenkins, was asked whether she feels a connection to the LGBT community.

“I just can't remember when LGBT people were not in my life,” Streep answered, explaining that her piano teachers when she was 11 and 12 were two gay men.

Streep was asked about playing a lesbian in the 1979 film Manhattan.

“Why did you take on a role that might've been deemed 'too much' during that time period?” she was asked.

“I didn't think of it that way,” Streep responded. “I mean, I was coming to movies sort of sideways from the theater. I got an early movie and I thought, 'Well, this is a one-off; they'll never ask me again.' I was fine with that. I was happy in the theater. And in the theater I had lots of gay friends and my longtime collaborator Roy Helland is gay. I've grown up with gay people and been in love with gay people.”

“Romantic love?”

“Oh no, not that kind!” she answered.