Why did Helen Mirren have to flex so hard at the ‘Catherine the Great’ premiere?

Helen Mirren attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of The New HBO Limited Series "Catherine The Great" at The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum on October 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California © J Graylock/jpistudios.com

Damn it, why DOES Helen Mirren have to flex so hard? Dame Helen attended the LA premiere event for her HBO miniseries Catherine the Great last night. Much like the London premiere, Dame Helen told her stylist that she wanted to look, and I’m quoting, “regal as f–k.” Or maybe she said “like a motherf–king empress” or “like the bitch who rules the world.” Helen wore this absolutely gorgeous Badgley Mischka Couture in this gorgeous Russian-art-specific hue. She then flexed even harder with the jewelry, hair and makeup. Empress of All.

Meanwhile, I bet you $10 that Dame Helen is going to be up for tons of awards next year for both Catherine the Great (on the TV side) and The Good Liar, the film which is coming out soon, where Ian McKellan is a con artist trying to worm his way into the life and finances of a rich widow (played by Mirren). Mirren just spoke to EW about the movie. Some highlights:

Why she wanted to do the movie: “It’s a very interesting script, a wonderful, twisty thriller that I thought would be fun to do. It’s nice to do a film about old people that’s not about Alzheimer’s or cancer, if you know what I mean.”

The appeal of con-artist movies: “Because we can all be taken in, as so many of us are so often. Nowadays obviously, with internet scams and fake news, almost everybody who has internet access is the victim of one scam or another. With the development of technology, it’s becoming more and more terrifying how we can have the wool pulled over our eyes.

Whether an actor is a better liar than non-actors: “So many times you see guys on television sobbing and saying, “Please bring my wife back to me, I just want to know she’s all right,” when they know they murdered her a week ago. And yet they are utterly convincing, and they are not actors. They’re not Sir Ian McKellen. [Laughs] Actors, on the contrary, I think would find it very difficult to do that. In the process of acting, actors are always trying to find the truth.

She hates the term “anti-aging.” “I think it’s terrible, the idea that we all have to look the same way. I find it very depressing, the thought of millions of girls wanting to have exactly the same lips as somebody else. So I think it’s important to promote diversity in looks and shapes and sizes and all the rest of it, and stop excluding people. I think that’s happening, incidentally, and I really applaud it.

[From EW]

She also says nice stuff about Ian McKellen, and they’ve known each other for a million years. I’m really looking forward to this movie – I think Helen’s playing a con artist too, don’t you?

Helen Mirren attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of The New HBO Limited Series "Catherine The Great" at The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum on October 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California© J Graylock/jpistudios.com

Helen Mirren attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of The New HBO Limited Series "Catherine The Great" at The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum on October 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California © J Graylock/jpistudios.com

Helen Mirren attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of The New HBO Limited Series "Catherine The Great" at The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum on October 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California © J Graylock/jpistudios.com

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  1. Sierra says:

    I love this woman…

  2. Originaltessa says:

    Exquisite. She looks beautiful.

  3. Sunshine says:

    She looks fantastic 😍

  4. HK9 says:

    I love it tho…she looks amazing!!

  5. LeLe says:

    I love her so.

  6. pineapple says:

    I love that she has aged so well. I love that she has aged. I admire this so much, much more than all the “50 year old girls.” XO

    • Carol says:

      Yeah, how the heck does she look so good? I’m way younger than she is but I have more jowls than her. My neck looks like an accordion compared to her. I’m blaming my genes.

      • Wilady says:

        Because our species is beautiful in it’s diversity! There is nobody else just like you, and you shouldn’t change what you pull off perfectly.

      • Anya says:

        Wow @Wilady, what a beautiful thing to say. You made me smile uncontrollably and then tear up. Thank you 1000 times!

      • blacktoypoodle says:

        That is an example of a facelift, neck lift, cheek fillers. Very subtle, natural. The best plastic surgery you never see or notice. You still look exactly like yourself, minus the jowl, saggy neck etc. (takes one to know one) Exhibit “A” was Paul Newman.
        Plus the fact she doesn’t do excess anything. (Hadid sisters, Kylie, etc.) and still has the template of her original face. She’s flawlessly under the radar about it and all you see is her personality not “what did she do?”

      • Bree says:

        @Wilady I’m inspired. Thank you!

  7. Diana says:

    Just perfect!!! Head to toe perfection!!!

  8. MyNAME says:

    When I grow up, I wanna be Helen Mirren.

  9. Joy says:

    This is the best red carpet appearance I’ve seen in AGES. Glorious

  10. LindaM says:

    Gawd I love her. Absolutely exquisite.

  11. FHMom says:

    She looks gorgeous from the neck up, but I kind of hate the over piece. Too QE2 ish. I get it. It’s a movie premiere, and the turquoise color is flattering.

  12. Lightpurple says:

    Glorious! The color! The fit of that dress! Those jewels!

    The Good Liar is giving me Dirty Rotten Scoundrel vibes and that’s a good thing.

  13. mellie says:

    Those colors are beautiful together and beautiful on her. I love it and her!

  14. Savannah says:

    “I think it’s terrible, the idea that we all have to look the same way. I find it very depressing, the thought of millions of girls wanting to have exactly the same lips as somebody else.”

    It is sooo depressing!

  15. Harla says:

    Dame Helen can flex has hard as she wants, all day long :)

  16. lucy2 says:

    She looks frickin’ amazing.

    I just saw a commercial for her movie, looks good! I hadn’t heard about it before.

  17. Vizia says:

    Holy sh*t, that is a necklace!

  18. Edo says:

    Because… marketing.

    Actors OFTEN appear on the red carpet in a similar fashion as they appeared in the movie they are promoting.
    OFTEN but not always. Sometimes actors look completely different … there are marketing guys behind this.
    Now when you see Helen Mirren in that dress on the red carpet you are likely going to believe she can play Catherine the Great of Russia.

  19. Lisa says:

    That is how you shut a red carpet down.

  20. Anne says:

    My God, she is just magnificent!

  21. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I LOVE what she said about actors and lying. She’s right. People who say that don’t understand what acting is. Also love the dress. It’s befitting a woman who is playing Catherine the Great. Her stylist did a great job.

    • TQB says:

      me too! I was an actor for a very long time (and a pretty good one) and people are always shocked (my husband particularly) that i am a TERRIBLE liar. I literally collapsed into giggles trying to hide a surprise from my 7 year old son once. I can’t play poker for sh!t. When I have to negotiate something professionally I basically pretend I’m playing a character from Glengarry glen ross.

  22. Boodiba says:

    I’ve seen the trailer a couple times & I DEFINITELY plan on watching this movie.

  23. Stacy Dresden says:

    She looks so good. Look at that jewelry!

  24. ChillyWilly says:

    Breathtaking! Love the colo, love the extravagance, love her hair and makeup! She is for sure aging goals. The Good Liar looks really entertaining!

  25. shells_bells says:

    PERFECT!! I love the purple clutch against the green!

  26. CuriousCole says:

    Long Live Queen Helen!!

  27. Valerie says:

    That’s a gorgeous dress but I just don’t ~get~ her. I don’t know why.

  28. Ex checker says:

    She was born for flexing

  29. TheOriginalMia says:

    She flexed hard. Totally stunning! Head to toe perfection.

  30. SJR says:

    She looks great. Big Plus is she has excellent posture, and looks completely comfortable posing for pics.

    The younger celebs often are slumped and awkward posing.
    Their clothes wear them, not good.

  31. JanetDR says:

    Yes Queen!

  32. Alexis says:

    She looks amazing!

  33. undergalaxy says:

    I LOVE Dame H but the series is pure rubbish. The acting and script are just not there. It’s a shame because it looks gorgeous.