“The Good Liar” and “Catherine The Great” Star Helen Mirren for Flaunt Magazine

Posted on November 20, 2019

“The Good Liar” and “Catherine The Great” star Helen Mirren covers Flaunt Magazine photographed by Maarten de Boer.

 

 

On women’s roles being still not equal to men’s—although she is hopeful things are starting to move in the right direction: “I’ve always said, even when I was a young woman, I said I don’t worry about the variety of roles available for women on screen. I worry about roles for women in real life. As we see women enter into major roles in real life, drama will follow. There are still not enough roles yet, but they’re coming. The unfairness and the prejudice of the lack of roles for women has always driven me crazy, it’s enraging. But things are slowly changing.”

On why she thinks it has taken decades for her to appear on screen together with her peer, Sir Ian McKellen: “No, our paths just didn’t cross but I think that’s a lot to do with the paucity of women’s roles. It’s extraordinary to me when you say this to male actors—they really don’t get it or maybe don’t want to confess to it, don’t want to recognize it. For every thirty male actors in a Shakespeare play, there are two women and it’s still incredibly unbalanced.”

On Catherine living life on her own terms at a time when men found such behavior threatening: “If you behaved the way a man did as a woman, then insults and assumptions were thrown at you that would simply never be thrown at a man,” she says of Catherine. “It kills me because reading her letters and looking at her achievements, she was an extraordinary woman and very sweet. She was funny and incredibly smart but didn’t parade her smartness. She could be ruthless when she needed to be but that was never her driving instinct. Her driving instinct was forgiveness, kindness, humor, and generosity.”

 

 

 

 

 

Style Credits:
Cover: Mocler 1 Pierpaolo Piccioli Gown | Gaspar Gloves Gloves | Lynn Ban Earrings and Rings
First Image: Aura Tout Vu Jacket | Max Steiner Necklace | Cartier Rings | Lynn Ban Skull Ring
Second Image: Mocler 1 Pierpaolo Piccioli Gown | Gaspar Gloves Gloves | Lynn Ban Earrings and Rings

Styled by Brett Alan Nelson at The Only Agency
Hair: Richard Collins at Tomlinson Management Group
Makeup: Jo Strettell at Tracey Mattingly

[Photo Credit: Maarten de Boer/Flaunt Magazine – Video Credit: Flaunt Magazine via YouTube.com]

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