Helen Mirren has faith in Melania Trump: 'That dark Slovenian soul is about to come out'
Helen Mirren hasn't given up hope on Melania Trump - yet.
In a new, typically captivating interview, with Allure magazine, Mirren (72), the Oscar-winning actress and feminist icon opens up about her thoughts on the influential women in US President Donald Trump's circle - his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka.
While her thoughts on Trump are clear, saying he lacks "morality...and a lack of conscientiousness", which is "quite terrifying", she adds she is more conflicted about the first lady.
"You look at old Mel there, and she is one of the most powerful women in the world because she could take him down. She almost did that with 'the hand'. I’m Eastern European, you know; [we’ve] got these dark souls.
"That dark Slovenian soul is about to come out. She’s only got to do a nice interview with Allure," she laughed.
As for Ivanka, she says: "[Ivanka] talks a good game, but there’s no substance. Her book is so ignorant about how the majority of women live, talking about 'Make time for yourself to have a massage.' Puh-lease."
The Queen star was pictured among millions of others marching in Washington back in January, 81 years after her father, from Russia, protested against fascism.
"[Trump] just said and did whatever it took to get what he desired. hat is quite terrifying, because it means there’s a lack of morality there and a lack of conscientiousness."
"That was the horror of the Republicans: They thought that he was actually a bit of a secret New York-y-type liberal who was quite cool with gays getting married, wasn't he? It’s a bit like watching a car crash."
The mother-of-one said she struggled to to identify with the "very didactic feminism" in the '60s because of her love of makeup and high heels, but believes it's through strong women in leadership positions will inspire a new generation.
"Although I completely disagreed with her politics, Mrs. Thatcher was a great role model for women...a little four-year-old watching TV says, 'Who's this, Mommy or Daddy?'
'That’s the prime minister.' Immediately, the girl thinks, 'Oh, I see; that’s possible.'"