Anyone who’s seen Sophie’s Choice knows the scene. If that scene (punctuated by Meryl Streep’s silent scream) is forever branded on the back of your skull, imagine if you were the girl ripped from Streep’s arm. Jennifer Lawn Lejeune was just 4 years old and had never acted before she was as Sophie’s daughter.
“Every day she’d come home from the shoot, and she’s spend like an hour or two playing with me and my acting brother [Adrian Kalitka]”. Lawn says. “It was just playing together — sometimes in the hotel, sometimes just around town in the playground — and getting to know each other so I trusted her. I felt safe with her. I apparently told my real mother that Meryl Streep is a nicer mother than she is. That didn’t go over really well with my real mom.” (x)
Dustin Hoffman planned the moment when he throws his wine glass against the wall during the restaurant scene with Meryl Streep. The only person he warned in advance was the cameraman, to make sure that it got in the shot. Streep’s shocked reaction is real, but she stayed in character long enough for the director to yell cut. In the documentary on the DVD, she recalls yelling at Hoffman as soon as the shot was over for scaring her so badly.