She's 68 and proud of it!
Oscar winner Helen Mirren gave an impassioned speech at the Women in Film pre-Oscar party sponsored by MAC Cosmetics on Friday where she talked about her love of aging and how excited she is to see the film industry changing for females.
"I don’t often wish that I’m younger because I think that it’s pretty cool to be older," Mirren told the crowd. "What I love the most about being older is that lovely I don’t give a f--kness kind of thing."
The British actress continued to let the swear words fly, telling the room of women at Fig & Olive Melrose Place, "All you young things don’t be afraid of getting older because it’s f--king great, but tonight looking at this audience, I do wish I was about 40 years younger."
Mirren explained it wasn't because she wanted a better body or to be able to remember her husband's name ("Taylor, thank you"), she cheekily joked, but because she's looking forward to the future of women in film.
"Incidentally I learned tonight that Women in Film is about 40 years older today, which is an incredible achievement," said The Queen star. "I wish that I was 40 years younger just so I can see what happens next."
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The actress went on to describe what the industry was like when she first started nearly 50 years ago.
"When I first came into the film industry, you walked onto a film set and it was all men," shared Mirren. "Really it was like walking into the locker room of an NFL team, it was a very, very male atmosphere, maybe one or two women on the set."
But if anyone can talk about how times have changed, it's the award-winning performer. "It’s so exciting to see that change, I salute those women who have made that change happen, the women who stood there 20 years ago and said 'I can do that,'" explains the star.
And it's not just actresses who have paved the way, but women behind the camera as well.
"They have made the world such that the younger girls amongst us are looking at us saying, 'well if she can do that, I can do it.' So important to be a role model, the most important thing for a woman," said Mirren.
"I am so excited in the realms that so many are you a part of— the executive roles, cable television, many, many women now on the production side of things."
The actress finished her heartfelt speech with this wonderful sentiment: "That’s why I want to live another 40 years because I want to see what further changes are coming. It’s coming women and girls, enjoy it!"
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