Helen Mirren ‘obsessed’ with America’s Next Top Model, dyed hair pink because of it

Helen Mirren is back to her sassy short blonde hair, but she turned heads with cotton candy pink hair at the BAFTAs last month. For some reason, most likely her awesome attitude and personality, she rocked a color which would have looked ridiculous on most women half her age. Some may think that Helen did it for a role, but that wasn’t the case. It turns out that she had inspiration in the form of trashy American reality television. In an interview on BBC One’s Breakfast show, Helen admitted that the haircolor was temporary, and that she was inspired by a contestant on America’s Next Top Model who used a five day wash-out pink dye. That’s cute!

The Oscar-winning star has admitted to having an ‘obsession’ with the US show, which is presented by fierce model Tyra Banks.

“I’d been watching America’s Top Model which I’m obsessed by,” she told BBC Breakfast while promoting her new play The Audience.

“This girl had her pink hair and I noticed because it came out really quickly so there she is with really pink hair and then five days later it’s all gone so I thought that would be cool, I might have a go at that”.

Mirren, who is taking up the role once more of the Queen, insists that she doesn’t want to be only known for playing the monarch after having starred in Stephen Frears’ critically acclaimed 2006 movie.

“I didn’t want to become the actress who plays the Queen if you know what I mean, I don’t think that’s very nice for me and it’s not very nice for the Queen,” she said.

But of her play, which will run in the West End until June, Mirren said that she would have felt like “an idiot” if she had rejected the role after meeting the rest of the cast.

[From Entertainment Wise]

I think Helen is referring to Sophie Sumner, who won ANTM: British Invasion last year. She had pink hair, and Helen clarified in another interview that Sophie was her style inspiration. She said “Well, the British girl who won, she had pink hair, and I thought: ‘That looks really pretty.’ So I’m copying her, basically.”

Helen is currently starring on stage in London in a West End production of “The Audience,” which is on until June. She plays Queen Elizabeth II again, having taken home the Oscar for her portrayal of the monarch in the 2006 film The Queen. The play focuses on meetings that the Queen may have had with various Prime Ministers throughout British history. In her BBC interview (you can watch it here if you’re in the UK) she explained that she was reluctant to play the Queen again, but that she was convinced by the quality of the work.

There are some additional quotes from Dame Helen which are getting press. She’s interviewed in this month’s Vogue UK, and she admits that she tried to have children but that it didn’t happen for her. Helen has previously said that she has “no maternal instinct whatsoever” and that “motherhood holds no interest for me.” In Vogue she admits that she tried, saying “It was not my destiny [to be a mother]. I kept thinking it would be, waiting for it to happen, but it never did, and I didn’t care what people thought.” Helen has been with her current and only husband, Taylor Hackford, since she was around 41. She’s 67 now and she can still rock pink hair like a young model.

You can see Helen’s Vogue pictorial here. She looks absolutely regal.

photo credit: WENN.com and FameFlynet

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  1. Katie Too says:

    Any recommendations on what product to use to do this? I’m blond so I know it will be a duller pink…

    Seriously, she is so awesome!

    • shaniqua nunyadambidness says:


      special effects hair dye. it’s brilliant.

      • Katie Too says:

        Many thanks!

        I do have highlights so the dream of it being gone in a week won’t work though it’d be hilarious/horrifying to go to court with pink hair.

    • Janet says:

      There is also some hair goop called Dye Hard. You can google it. It comes in about 15 colors, including some metallics. It doesn’t involve any bleach so it’s not as hard on your hair and it washes right out. The kids love it.

    • Julie says:

      It always shows up better and brighter on blonde hair.

      • Janet says:

        Depends on the kind you use. Dye Hard will show up in brilliant color on any color hair. Dennis Rodman colored his hair bright green with that stuff.

  2. Mika says:

    That woman can pull off anything. *bows down*

  3. Ally says:

    Agreed. She is AMAZING. I watched her recently in Prime Suspect, and I enjoyed that blast from the past. She just gets better and better.

  4. LadyMTL says:

    GAWD I love this woman. I can only cross my fingers and hope to be half as awesome as she is when I’m her age.

    • Frobeast says:

      Right??!! Her and Maggie Smith. If I could be half as awesome as either of those ladies at any age, I’d be set.

      Maybe I need to be English.

  5. KellyinSeattle says:

    All hail to Queen Helen!

  6. spinner says:

    Helen is fabulous like no other. She can do no wrong. (my girl crush)

  7. Christina says:

    The phrase ‘ageing like a fine wine’ is thrown around far too carelessly. In reality, few of us look better with age. Helen is the glorious exception: she’s not far off 70 (!) and still looks absolutely stunning. She is truly one of a kind.

  8. Gemini08 says:

    I have always wanted to dye my hair pink but my hair is auburn red so I I would have to go platinum first which I’m not the keen on doing. Oh well, maybe I’ll do dark fuchsia instead!

  9. blonde on the dock says:

    Her hair looks ridiculous!

    • Janet says:

      Oh for heaven’s sake, lighten up, will you? She’s having fun with her hair and why shouldn’t she? She’s not taking her hair seriously and neither should you.

      • blonde on the dock says:

        I could care less what she does with her hair. If SHE likes it that’s all that matters. That’s cool! I don’t like it!

    • Joe says:

      P!nk in 35 years.

    • karmasabiatch! says:

      blonde on the dock….

      You SUCK.

      Dame Helen RULES.

      That is all.

      • Jilli says:

        Blonde is entitled to her opinion. So what if she doesn’t like it? Just because it is Helen Mirren doesn’t mean everyone has to agree.

  10. Jane says:

    She also knows how to have a bit of fun and not take herself so seriously. It is just hair afterall and she is not afraid of something bold and different,
    even if it is only temporary. She looks like she is having a blast in those photos too.

    All hail the Queen!!

  11. RHONYC says:

    she’s fabulous on crack! love it!

    hell in my book after 60, you can do whatever the fudge floats your boat.

    go Helen! ;-)

  12. FassDaActor says:

    I love Ms. Helen Mirren. Rock your pink hair sexy lady. If Vivienne Westwood and Patrica Fields can be have fun, so can she. I’m going to have fun with my look until I’m in the ground.

  13. Hannah says:

    Not a fan. Of hers or her hair.

  14. Faye says:

    She can get away with things that nobody else can. Love her.

    That is sad that she couldn’t have children and tried . . .being in the same boat, I can certainly relate. I do remember her saying she viewed herself as a second mother to her stepchildren, though, so at least she had that experience.

    • Christina says:

      ”That is sad that she couldn’t have children and tried”

      But she doesn’t say that. See my post below.

  15. Cali says:

    She is freaking AWESOME and she can do whatever she pleases! I love the way she dresses that blends class and sexiness. She is the only older woman that I have EVER seen that makes me excited to one day BE an older woman :-)

  16. berry says:

    I don’t think she was saying she tried to have a child, I’ve seen a longer quote where she said she was waiting for the maternal instinct and broodiness too kick in, and it just didin’t for her.

    Also she spoke of the birthing video she saw as a child and it put her right off, which I can completely see where she is coming from, it’s whats put me off having kids.

  17. LGG says:

    Sophie Sumner is adorable, watch this space. I think she’s gonna blow up huge.

  18. Reece says:

    I have never liked pink even as a child, hated it, but I like it on her. Better than the model. Helen looks like she’s having more fun with it. As opposed to part of the job.

  19. mac says:

    As soon as I read the headline I knew she was talking about Sophie! I still watch ANTM religiously.

    • Carolyn says:

      Same here! ANTM British Invasion has just been shown on Foxtel in Aus. How sweet – Helen having a Sophie moment. Sophie is indeed adorable. Glad she won.

  20. KellyinSeattle says:

    p.s.. Did I mention, she has beautiful teeth!

  21. RHONYC says:

    that Vogue shoot is fantastic!
    she exudes such confidence & sexuality its riveting! 8O

  22. Christina says:

    I don’t get from the interview that Helen ‘tried’ to have children at all. That isn’t what she says. What she says is:

    ” I kept thinking it would be, waiting for it to happen, but it never did,”

    That doesn’t sound to me like she wanted to have children, but couldn’t. More like that she, like most women, sort of assumed it would just ‘happen’ at some point, but it never did. Now, children don’t just ‘happen’ in an age of reliable contraception, so my take on it is that Helen just kept putting off getting pregnant, telling herself it would ‘happen some day” without ever really meaning it. There’s no evidence at all that she wanted to become pregnant but was unable to do so.

  23. ladybert62 says:

    Love the dress – hate the pink hair color.

  24. Claudia says:

    That pink looks awful on her.

  25. Green_Eyes says:

    She’s having fun & not taking herself too seriously.. Love her.

    And this from someone whose losing their dark long curly hair daily from chemo tablets.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      @ Green Eyes:

      Your comment grabbed my attention because it was my experience too—the long curly hair, the chemo.

      I just wanted to say that you have my best wishes for your treatment. It takes a hell of a lot of strength to get through chemo, but it will pass. Good luck to you, dear.

  26. ViktoryGin says:

    A woman who chose not to bear children? She and Michael Sheen should get together to form a coalition because they’re obviously defective :D

  27. ViktoryGin says:

    I don’t think that the pink looks good on her, per say. But I LOVE that she had the gumption to step out on a red carpet looking like she did at her age and legitimately not give a damn.

    Sometimes it’s not about “looking good” so much as “doing it”.

  28. Spooky says:

    Helen is an absolute peach, and one of my favorite childfree role-models! I love her response to old men who’ve told her to “get on with it.”

  29. Nicolette says:

    She is fabulous! This lady knows how to dress, she ALWAYS looks fierce. The first pic from Vogue doesn’t even look like her, but the rest look great.

  30. Mauibound says:

    That woman is a Goddess!!!

  31. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Love her and her attitude. She seems so young at heart and I think that’s what keeps her looking so good. She keeps active and keeps trying new things. I mean who says at 70 you can’t dye your hair some fun color for a few days and just enjoy it? I hope I keep that attitude … it’s so easy as you get older to lose that spark …

  32. Ella says:

    Love Helen. She and Russell Brand are my favorite unlikely celeb friendship (that almost verges on a potential relationship, judging by the way they flirt with each other!).

  33. la chica says:

    That’s it. I’m going pink like Helen!

  34. JRenee says:

    She can do no wrong, style wise, love her!

  35. PixieStix says:

    Helen’s got confidence – with that, she can wear anything. Flawless queen.

  36. Lulu says:

    Why do people think she looks awful with pink hair?? This particular shade suits her complexion to a tee, and her cute haircut is to die for! I sure wish I could pull off a short hair style. I’d rock it if I could.

  37. Jayna says:

    She’s in the upcoming HBO movie with Al Pacino about the movie producer Spector guy who killed the B actress. I can’t wait to see two brilliant actors acting opposite each other. They will elevate the material.

    She and Jane Fonda inspire me as women still so vital in life and so attractive and hard to believe their ages.

  38. emma says:

    the dame is wonderful

  39. EscapedConvent says:

    I adore Dame Helen. She can do whatever she likes. If only more people took themselves less seriously! She’s fantastic & looks gorgeous with her pink pixie hair!

  40. muppet_barbershop says:

    Her skin tone is just unpink enough that this looks awesome. Go Helen! As always.