I’ve always been a fan of Helen Mirren. She’s a fabulous actress and a beautiful, bright woman, but last night during the Emmy’s my admiration for her expanded.
Because she thanked writers for creating good parts for women on TV
Because she said “ass over tits” on TV
Because she sublty spanked entertainment execs for not having enough good roles for women.
Because she looked so damned lovely.
The British TV series Prime Suspect, which started in the early 1990’s and continues today, is one of the most clever, tense, best written shows I’ve seen on TV, and created a fabulous character in DCI Jane Tennison, played by Mirren. DCI Tennison is a woman, working in a man’s world, who’s tough enough to put up with the crap her male bosses, peers and subordinates thjrpw her way, get the bad guy and still remain a feminine and emotionally vulnerable. In fact, it’s that vulnerability that makes DCI Tennison so good at her job.
I read a number of years ago that Hollywood, recognizing an amazing character when they saw it, (or perhaps just noticing the ratings of the series), wanted to create a movie version of Prime Suspect but didn’t want to cast Helen Mirren. Rather, they wanted to cast a younger, more conventionally beautiful woman in the role.
How sad. How misguided.
Brother. I’m nearly 20 years younger than Ms. Mirren and could only wish to look half as good as she does.
I know this is hardly an original thought… but why don’t we value older women more when we hero worship so many older men, particularly male actors?
I don’t get it.