If you needed any more proof Helen Mirren is a queen, just watch this video of her taking down a sexist interviewer with high class.
Video resurfaced this weekend of the actress being interviewed by journalist Michael Parkinson in 1975. It quickly went viral for Parkinson’s inappropriate questions and Mirren’s flawless responses.
Mirren was acting in the Royal Shakespeare Company at the time of the interview and appeared on “Parkinson” to discuss her upcoming role of Lady MacBeth. But the interview went south before it even started when Parkinson introduced the actress as “a sex queen” and someone whom the critics “spend as much time discussing her physical attributes as her acting abilities.”
After questioning Mirren about her branding as someone who alludes “sluttish eroticism,” Parkinson didn’t let up, saying, “You are, in quotes, a ‘serious actress.’”
Mirren responded, “In quotes? What do you mean in quotes? How dare you.”
It didn’t get any better. Parkinson alluded to Mirren’s “equipment,” to which Mirren responded, “My fingers?” — forcing an awkward Parkinson to look at her breasts and say, “I meant your figure.”
And he continued with the question, asking if Mirren’s figure hindered her in her pursuit of becoming a serious actress.
“Because serious actresses can’t have big bosoms; is that what you mean?” Mirren, who was 30 at the time, said flatly.
“Well, I think they might detract from the performance,” Parkinson responded.
In the video, Mirren is obviously frustrated. She sighs and runs her fingers through her hair before responding, “What a crummy performance if people are obsessed with the size of your bosoms more than anything else. I would hope that the performance and the play and the living relationship between all the people on the stage and all the people in the audience overcome such boring questions.”
While the video was posted to YouTube in 2008, it made the rounds on social media recently. People praised Mirren’s poise and grace in responding to Parkinson’s questions.
In 2006, Mirren appeared on “Parkinson” again, and you can bet she didn’t let him forget the humiliating experience — especially when he mentioned her breasts again.
“You can’t resist, can you Michael?” she said. “The first time we ever met, he had to talk about my breasts.”
“Well, they were hanging out,” he said, to which Mirren’s jaw dropped.
“Excuse me; I want to see a bit of that film,” she said.
(Watch the video below; Parkinson mentions her breasts around the five-minute mark.)
Watch the full interview from 1975 below.
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