Thank you for letting me burble on about my career,” Helen Mirren laughs self-deprecatingly, after looking back on her glittering body of work in the latest instalment of our video series, How I Got Here. Of course, the pleasure is all ours. As one of the most lauded, critically acclaimed and celebrated British actresses of the last century, her fans and peers alike remain fascinated and in awe of her five-decade long career spanning film, theatre and television. This was evident just recently at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild awards in February, at which Mirren was given the Life Achievement Award – voted for by her fellow actors – presented to her by Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet. Mirren was inspired to become an actress after watching a local production of Hamlet as a teenager. “I’m sure the production was terrible, but Shakespeare, the story of Hamlet… it was a thriller to me,” she tells us. “I went back home and we had this huge book of Shakespeare. I went through it looking for characters I responded to. That was what led me into wanting to become an actress.” The complete interview and video can be watched over at Harper’s Bazaar.
As Variety writes, nothing can stop Chita Rivera! That was the message of the evening at Monday’s Roundabout Theatre Company Gala, which carried the moniker, “Paint the Town.” The celebration, held at New York City’s famous Ziegfeld Ballroom, celebrated three-time Tony recipient Chita Rivera. Following opening remarks by Danny Burstein, artistic director and CEO of Roundabout Theater Todd Haimes took the stage and joked about the “rough two years” everyone has been through – especially when it comes to theater. With that, he passed the mic to a video message from Lin Manuel Miranda, who went on to introduce Helen Mirren. Fresh off her SAG honor, Mirren was eager to present The Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre. The complete article on the evening can be read over at Variety. Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery.
Photo Gallery – Public Appearaces – 2022 – Roundabout Theatre Gala Honoring Chita Rivera
Yesterday, Helen Mirren was honored at the 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony with the Lifetime Achievement Award, an accolade she says she owes to a personal mantra she lives by. “Lifetime Achievement, that sounds so grand. I supposed I’m still alive so by that measure, I’m eligible,” Mirren joked on stage to her fellow actors in the audience. “But honestly, any achievement that I’ve succeeded in is the result of my mantra, ‘Be on time and don’t be an ass.’” She said, “I’m simultaneously enormously proud, and yet I’m driven with the understanding that I absolutely do not deserve this. And there is this conflict that I believe you all understand: insecurity versus ego. That cocktail that I believe most actors sip in the evening as they contemplate the wonderful gift they received the moment they decided to become an actor.” Video clips from red carpet interviews, her acceptance speech and the press room have been added to the video archive. Please bear with me as I’m adding pictures to the photo gallery as time permits.
Video Archive – Public Appearances – 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Press Room (2022)
Video Archive – Award Shows – 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2022)
Video Archive – News Segments – Entertainment Tonight (2022)
Video Archive – News Segments – Extra (2022)
Video Archive – News Segments – Access (2022)
Video Archive – News Segments – E! Live from the Red Carpet (2022)
Even more magazine scans and cover stories from this week have been added to the photo gallery, including lenghty interviews in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and People Magazine and a cover story from the British Yours. All articles and interviews cover today’s theatrical release of “The Duke” in the United Kingdom and/or Helen Mirren’s Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, which she will receive this Sunday. For a complete list, check the previews below.
Photo Gallery – Magazine Articles & Scans – In Style (USA, March 2022)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Articles & Scans – People Magazine (USA, February 28, 2022)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Articles & Scans – Yours (United Kingdom, February 23, 2022)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Articles & Scans – Variety (USA, February 23, 2022)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Articles & Scans – The Hollywood Reporter (USA, February 23, 2022)
Today IFC announced the return of Documentary Now! for its 53rd season, quite the feat for such an artful and obscure series that’s actually in its 4th season. As Collider reports, the series, hosted by Dame Helen Mirren, pays homage to the art of documentaries through farcical short films. The new season will consist of six new episodes, which are currently in production. The new episodes include Two Hairdressers in Bagglyport, an homage to fashion documentaries such as 3 Salons at the Seaside and The September Issue. The short will be a fly-on-the-wall look at a salon owner and her staff as they prepare their annual stylebook, How They Threw Rocks, a take on the sports documentary When We Were Kings, which will follow Craig Maes, a Welsh sportsman known as the “Field Rock” who competes in a 1974 bout titled “The Melon vs. The Felon,” and My Monkey Grifter, which draws inspiration from My Octopus Teacher, and follows a filmmaker who develops and intensely personal relationship with a monkey with devious motives. Documentary Now! has been nominated for six Emmys over the course of its run. The series debuted with rave reviews from critics both critics and audiences. The series soon became a fan favorite thanks to the series’ loving treatment of such beloved documentaries as Grey Gardens. Season 53 is currently in production and further casting announcements will be made soon. No premiere date has yet been set.