Apr 04
2019

There’s a wonderful lenghty interview with Helen Mirren in the UK Vogue’s Non-Issue, with Jane Fonda on the cover. Here’s an excerpt, the full article can be read over at Vogue: Helen Mirren walks into the Hôtel Regina in Paris with a steely resolve. Throwing off her tan cashmere coat amid the red-velvet grandeur of the Bar Anglais, she reveals a delicate crimson top then runs a hand through her burnished silver hair. A small tattoo – two interlocking Vs at the base of her thumb, a reminder to “love thy neighbour” and the result of a drunken night out with a Native American theatre group some years ago – is just visible below the hem of her left sleeve. She is perfectly windswept. Mirren is not L’Oréal Paris’s oldest ambassador (that honour goes to Jane Fonda), but she is definitely its most frank. “I was stuck in the damn tunnel,” she explains of her slight tardiness, her crackling azure eyes on full beam. “I told the driver, ‘Fuck it, I’ll walk!’” By her own admission, the Academy Award winner tends to “swear like a potty-mouthed sailor”, and hearing Mirren swear is surely one of the great wonders of the modern world. Although the actress’s colourful language has been noted before, I somehow expected it to be a little like hearing one’s own mother swear. It’s not like that at all – it’s guttural. And it suits her.

Her contemporary Meryl Streep came under fire for insisting that not everyone within the close-knit Hollywood community knew about Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults. But Mirren agrees with her. “Not everyone knew. Do you think Obama would have sent his daughter to intern with Harvey if it had been generally known? Absolutely not. But who did know? I guess that’s the point, that it happened behind closed doors, so those it happens to think they’re the only ones. And they stay silent.

Dec 08
2018

Today, a big new section has been launched – the press library. After 5 years and constantly forgetting that this crucial part is missing to the fansite, it’s finally here. Filled with 300 articles so far, you find magazine profiles, newspaper articles and interviews with Helen Mirren from as early as 1968, promoting her feature film debut in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Age of Consent” to the most current interview promoting “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”. Articles can be browsed by year, publication and even cover, as you will find extensive cover galleries for earch decade. While the press library sports a fair number of items, I’m sure there are many more articles out there, waiting to be added. So if you’re a fan, sitting on a stack of magazine articles you would like to share, please drop me a line. Enjoy browsing and reading.

Oct 26
2018

More magazine scans have been added to the photo gallery, as Helen graces the October issue of Fairlady Magazine (South Africa). They’ve missed their chance for a scoop on the upcoming “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” but talk about beauty, entirely: “I’ve never felt beautiful and I’m objective enough to know that I don’t fit into that category. I’m not bad-looking, but I’m not beautiful”, she says, explaining that as an actress one becomes pragmatic about such things. “You don’t get cast for things, and then you see someone who does and she’s much prettier, but often not such a good actress, and you think: “Ah, okay, I get the picture.” No: for me, still now, it’s to do with wit and intelligence rather than the way I look. I don’t feel clever or funny enough.” Again, from the woman who upbraided Michael Parkinson for behaving like a “sexist old fart” after he interviewed her in 1975, this is unexpected. Many of the young women who Helen recently admitted to feeling in awe of – for the case with which they just say “f**k off” to men – would look up to her as precisely the kind of woman who can hold her own.

Oct 21
2018

The November issue of Harper’s Bazaar (US) has a great interview with Helen Mirren as well as a new – very fitting – photoshoot picture for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”. She talks about this, the recent filming of “Catherine the Great” in Russia, and the recently wrappred “The Good Liar”. Here’s an excerpt from her interview, scans can be found in the photo gallery.

Obviously I play her at the height of her power,” Mirren goes on, “but she was very straightforward, a very clever and ambitious person. And of course Russia at that time was amazingly complex, violent, and difficult country to govern. But she felt she could handle it”. She is also intrigued by Catherine’s sexuality. “In our slightly puritanical, Prostestant world, it’s shocking the way she behaved. It was extraordinary for that era. She had four children by four different men”.

Sep 21
2018

Glamour is running an Icons series this week with profile on powerful women, including Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Geena Davis so far. Helen is their latest addition with a lenghty article and interview. You can read the complete interview on their site, here’s an excerpt: Helen Mirren, 73, is unquestionably an icon. After more than 50 years in the business, she’s achieved the triple crown of acting (Emmy, Oscar, Tony), making her one Grammy away from an EGOT. Oh, and she’s an actual dame. Just don’t bother asking her about these accomplishments. “Patting yourself on the back is not very productive,” she tells Glamour. “I’m proud of certain projects – they’re all my babies in one way or another – but I don’t dwell on my past achievements. I dwell on future achievements.” Some of those future achievements include playing Mother Ginger in this November’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and the titular role in Catherine the Great for HBO, for which she’s currently filming in Lithuania and Russia until the end of the year. That said, there’s one moment from her past that she’s happy to celebrate – something that happened long before Mirren was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire or even the subject of a beloved subway meme.

I made some bold and quite brave moves at various times in my life, maybe slightly professionally suicidal moves,” Mirren says. “But I don’t regret any of it. I always try to make the tapestry of my work as broad as possible. To me, the most successful way to conduct my professional life is to constantly search out new and different things to do.