British actress Helen Mirren is making the media rounds with another soon-to-be hit movie, The Debt. Ms. Mirren is as well known for her bow-chicka-wow-wow body as she is for her impressive portfolio of performances.
Last April, 2,000 people answered a survey to identify the “Body of the Year.” They decided that Dame Helen, 66, is hotter than Jennifer Lopez, model Elle MacPherson and royal sister-in-law Pippa Middleton, owner of the most famous buttcheeks in the world. (Above, ABC’s ladies of The View embarrassed Helen about her va-va-voom on 9/8/11.)
I like Helen Mirren so much that I’ve forgiven her for Arthur. (I loved the original, so that’s a big deal.) Calendar Girls made me take notice of her, which was long after her acting career began. By the time she transformed into The Queen, I was hooked.
Helen Mirren has a reputation for being what used to be called a ball-buster, which probably earned her the role with a :50-caliber machine gun in Red. NPR produced a list of iconic male movie characters that she would have made great, such as Colonel Nathan Jessep in A Few Good Men and Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. The London Times announced that she has a “simmering sexual presence.”
The more I learn about her, I think I would really enjoy hanging out with Helen Mirren in real life. In 2010, she posed topless in New York magazine, endorsed legal prostitution and admitted to being one of Lady Gaga’s little monsters. She’s confessed to doing large quantities of cocaine, being sexually adventurous and getting tattooed. In 2007, she made headlines after a 60 Minutes interview that featured her admitting that nudity was no “big deal.”
I actually remember that episode of 60 Minutes because it revealed that Dame Helen Mirren is a NotMom. More than that, I remember being struck by her excellent response to The Question.
When asked, “Do you ever regret never having children?”, she replied, “No. Absolutely not. Absolutely not. I am so happy that I didn’t have children. Well, you know, because I’ve had freedom.”