Wednesday 25 April 2018

Helen Mirren has faith in Melania Trump: 'That dark Slovenian soul is about to come out'

Helen Mirren attends a photocall at the Grimaldi Forum on day 5 of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 20, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Helen Mirren attends a photocall at the Grimaldi Forum on day 5 of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 20, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Dame Helen Mirren attending the European premiere of Collateral Beauty, held at the Vue Leicester Square, London
US First Lady Melania Trump waves after a boat trip down the River Seine in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017
First lady Melania Trump listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on the opioid crisis, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Helen Mirren in a scene from "Collateral Beauty." (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. via AP)
Assistant to the President and Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump. Photo: Getty Images
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, departs United Nations headquarters after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, U.S., July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
AGE IS NO BARRIER: Helen Mirren (71) won an Oscar at the age of 61, an Olivier Award aged 67 and a Tony at age 69 — and she shows no signs of stopping anytime soon Picture: Reuters
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn before departing the White House July 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is traveling to Ohio to participate in a 'salute to American heroes' and a 'Make America Great Again Rally.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn before departing the White House July 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is traveling to Ohio to participate in a 'salute to American heroes' and a 'Make America Great Again Rally.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

US First Lady Melania Trump waves after a boat trip down the River Seine in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017
US First Lady Melania Trump waves after a boat trip down the River Seine in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017

"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."

Assistant to the President and Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump. Photo: Getty Images
Assistant to the President and Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump. Photo: Getty Images

"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.'"

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