Helen Mirren: Girls Should Have The Confidence To Tell Men To “F$%^ Off!”


Helen Mirren is one badass chick. The 67 year old actress continues to defy Hollywood stereotypes and land interesting lead roles in major movies. This summer she can be seen returning to the big screen with Bruce Willis in Red 2, proving that aging on screen for women is a beautiful and unique thing.

No stranger to being the subject of a news headline, she has done it again, but this time for speaking out about sexism in the film industry.

She spoke to The Daily Mail about what advice she would give to her daughters if she had any. A discussion about how women were treated in the industry compared to men, prompted the comments which were very eye opening and ballsy!

“If I’d had children and had a girl, the first words I would have taught her would have been “f*** off” because we weren’t brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we? And it’s quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence  to say, “No, f*** off, leave me  alone, thank you very much.”

She goes on to talk about how the 60s, 70s & 8os were hard for women in Film and TV because most times, she was the only female on set, other than a wardrobe stylist. “Otherwise it was completely male, and a particular kind of testosteroney male that was quite hard to deal with. You had to have a sense of humour, put your head down, you were never going to be one of the boys, if you know what I mean.”

Mirren cites films such as 1988’s ‘Working Girl’ starring Melenie Griffiths as a huge factor in making society aware that women were valuable in the workplace. “People suddenly thought, ‘Hey, wait a minute, women are out there working, having their own stories, not simply dependent on what a guy is doing.'”

Now in 2013, Helen reveals how exciting it is to see more and more women behind the scenes in film do jobs that didn’t exist for them back in the 60s and 70s. .
“Oh yes, a great thing that I have noticed changing is behind the camera, especially in the electrical department, which I find very exciting.”

While she laments that onscreen it is a different story, it is still reassuring to know it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
“I’ve seen contemporary actors of mine have fantastic careers up to the age of about 45, 50, and then suddenly, as they reach the zenith of their ability…  there’s nowhere for them to do it. Whereas comparatively mediocre male actors can go on working.’

It’s great to know that despite the decades of sexism, being shunned and stereotyped, there are women in Hollywood who have powered on to become inspirational pioneers for future generations. Meryl Streep, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Frances O’Connor, Blythe Danner just to name a few leading ladies.
We hope these women encourage more young actresses to recognize that plastic surgery, botox, conformity and “fitting in” aren’t the route to success. Be yourself!
Helen Mirren


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