Actress Helen Mirren Has Some Awesome Advice for Her Hypothetical Daughter
4:15 pm, July 22nd | by Grace Rasmus
Helen Mirren is a great many things — an Academy Award winner, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, one of our most powerful crushes — but one thing she is not is a misogynistic B.S. putter-upper-with. (That’s a word people say, right?)
She wasn’t always like that, though; in an interview with the Daily Mail, Mirren opened up about taking a passive approach to dealing with the entertainment industry’s rampant sexism earlier in her career. “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,” she said about dealing with excessively “testosteroney” men in the ’80s. (To whoever creates those Word of the Day calendars: please take note of Mirren’s new addition to the vernacular, “testosteroney”.)
However, the 67-year-old actress went on to say that if she had a daughter, she would’ve raised her to be much tougher than she was:
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.” You see, I couldn’t help saying “Thank you very much,” I just couldn’t help myself.
Well, it’s a shame she didn’t choose to grace the world with some badass mini-Mirrens, but as long as she stays sassy and brilliant, the original works just fine for us.