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)