On Tuesday, Helen Mirren was a guest on “The Today Show” to promote the limited theatrical release of “The Duke” in New York and Los Angeles on April 22.
Dame Helen Mirren joins Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager to talk about her new movie “The Duke,” where she plays the wife of a working class man accused of stealing Britain’s most famous painting. The Oscar winner reflects on her legendary career, sharing how she deals with acting anxieties. “I always have had profound insecurities, I think it’s one of the reasons I became an actor,” she says.
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.
Netflix has announced new additions to the extensive list of guest stars appearing on the new season of Human Resources. The series is set to premiere on March 18. The new guests include Helen Mirren as renowned Shame Wizard Rita St. Swithens, Hugh Jackman as Dante the seductive Addiction Angel, Lupita Nyong’o as Asha the Shame Wizard, Chris O’Dowd as Flanny the Lovebug, and Harvey Guillen as Jose the Spider Receptionist. Additionally, new humans appearing in the season are Ali Wong as Becca, Janelle Monáe as Claudia, Mike Birbiglia as Barry, and Tim Robinson as Doug. The new guest stars join the previously announced Pamela Adlon, Rosie Perez, Henry Winkler, Thandiwe Newton, Jemaine Clement, Maria Bamford, and Bobby Cannavale. Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, Aidy Bryant, Randall Park, Keke Palmer, Brandon Kyle Goodman and David Thewlis star as series regulars.
From the inventive minds that brought us the award winning adult animation favorite Big Mouth comes the even edgier and adult-ier Human Resources. The spin-off pulls back the curtain on the daily lives of the creatures – Hormone Monsters, Depression Kitties, Shame Wizards and many more – that help humans journey through every aspect of life from puberty to parenthood to the twilight years. It quickly becomes clear that though the protagonists are creatures, they have a lot of humanity themselves. Featuring an all-star voice cast- including Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph and David Thewlis reprising their Big Mouth roles as well as Aidy Bryant, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Keke Palmer, and Randall Park among others – “Human Resources” is not your normal day at the office. The series is co-created and executive produced by Kelly Galuska, Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin.
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)
After a long wait of over two years, “The Duke” finally releases UK theaters today. The true story, about a 60-year old taxi driver who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in 1960’s London, was filmed in 2019, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2020 and was then postponed time and again due to the COVID pandemic. Unfortunately, the film’s director Roger Michell, who directed Notting Hill and My Cousin Rachel, among others, passed away last year and couldn’t see the release of “The Duke”, which now marks to be his last film. For the film’s release, additional interview clips and pictures have been added to the archive.
Video Archive – Talkshows – Lorraine (2022)
Video Archive – Miscellaneous – SAG-AFTRA Life Achievement Award Interview (2022)
Video Archive – News Segments – Entertainment Tonight Canada (2022)
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Duke – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Duke – Promotional Stills
Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Duke – Posters & Key-Art