Saturday 3 December 2016

'I'm a little bit in love' - Helen Mirren fangirls over Saoirse Ronan again

Published 04/02/2016 | 11:48

Actress Helen Mirren arrives at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Actress Helen Mirren arrives at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Legendary British star Helen Mirren has been singing the praises of Saoirse Ronan again.

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Earlier this week she backed the 21-year-old Irish star to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Brooklyn and today she told Anton Savage on TodayFM that she's a "little bit in love" with the young star.

"She's wonderful!" said Helen. "Because she's nominated for Oscars and SAG awards and Golden Globes I had the advantage of spending time with her over the last two or three months and oh my God she's so cool."

"I'm a little bit in love there," she added.

Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’. Photo: AP
Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’. Photo: AP

Asked if she had any advice for the young star, the 70 year old actress said she does not need it.

"You know some people you think you need a bit of advice but I don't think she needs any advice at all really.  I think she has a good grounding," she said.

"I've been so amazed watching her come out and make speeches in front of lots and lots of people.  She's just so at ease with herself.  I think she's probably very, very smart. You know, she's made great choices.  I think she's in a position where she'll be asked to do wonderful work and she'll do it brilliantly.  I honestly think of many people I meet she's one who does not need any advice."

The actress also spoke about her own latest role in Trumbo, which follows the life of Hollywood screenwriter Daltron Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) whose support of the Communist Party of the USA drew the contempt of anti-Soviet entertainment industry figures.

Annie Leibowitz’s shot for Vanity Fair featuring: (back row) Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Charlotte Rampling, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong’o, Guga Mbatha Raw, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton. (Front row): Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander and Saoirse Ronan
Annie Leibowitz’s shot for Vanity Fair featuring: (back row) Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Charlotte Rampling, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong’o, Guga Mbatha Raw, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton. (Front row): Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander and Saoirse Ronan

Mirren plays one such figure, columnist Hedda Hopper.

"I'd gone through a time a few years ago when I became sort of interested in this era in Hollywood and read up somewhat about that but I hadn't quite grasped that Trumbo had been sent to prison and that sort of quite shocked me," she said.

Show must go on: Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper and Bryan Cranston as talented scriptwriter, Dalton Trumbo, who paid for his political beliefs during the McCarthy witch-hunt.
Show must go on: Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper and Bryan Cranston as talented scriptwriter, Dalton Trumbo, who paid for his political beliefs during the McCarthy witch-hunt.

"I grew up in the film world in Britain and we were beneficiaries of this era of McCarthyism because filmmakers like Joseph Losey had to come to England to work and he was a great filmmaker and became a British filmmaker."

She added, "I wasn't aware of the whole story leading up to Spartacus and I think that's the fascinating part of the story."

Of her character, she said, "[She's] an interesting personality to investigate and the whys and wherefores of someone like Heather. 

"She's almost a cartoon character herself, she wore ridiculous hats that became her brand.  She had a different hat for literally every day of the year.  Her look was important to her.  It was what she sold as her personality. 

"And she understood, she was very good at branding herself and she had the kind of voice in her column that was very readable."

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