June 19, 2021 Leave a Reply

Helen Mirren “visited” Jimmy Fallon show to promote F9… in a bathtub! She’s the greatest.

June 3, 2021 Leave a Reply

ABC’s unscripted wildlife comedy series When Nature Calls has found its voice. Helen Mirren will narrate the series, which will now be titled When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren.

The series, which premieres on Thursday June 24, looks at the funny things that animals get up to in the wild such as the surprising sounds that come out of the mouths of majestic beasts, teeny-tiny frogs and beatboxing badgers.

The Queen star is a major signing for an unscripted series.

When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren is based on a BBC Studios format – Walk on the Wild Side – which aired on BBC One in the UK for two seasons. It is produced by BBC Studios’ L.A. production arm, the division behind ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and Nat Geo’s Life Below Zero and Breaking Bobby Bones.

K.P. Anderson, exec producer of The Soup and Norm Macdonald Has a Show, will exec produce and serve as showrunner with Ryan O’Dowd exec producing for BBC Studios. Brad Stevens and Boyd Vico serve as head writers and executive producers.

“I am excited by the opportunity to reveal the ‘true inner lives’ of the noble creatures with whom we share the planet,” said Mirren.

“When you’ve won an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony, the only way to further add to your legacy is to narrate When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted & Alternative, Walt Disney Television.

“Helen Mirren is without a doubt one of the greatest talents of our time, and we consider it a privilege to bring her iconic voice to this series,” said Valerie Bruce, general manager, LA Productions, BBC Studios. “She is the perfect storyteller to take us on this journey as we reimagine the animal kingdom with a comic twist and bring to life the more humorous side of creatures great and small.”

Helen Mirren and BBC Studios are represented by CAA.


May 27, 2021 Leave a Reply

Solos, Amazon’s newly launched sci-fi series, is unlike anything else on the small screen. Creator David Weil’s vision of the future unfolds via episodes that focus on and feature a single performer. Familiar faces like Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Mackie, and Constance Wu monologize through stylized sequences that combine to form an overarching narrative. While we’re used to seeing actors command the stage by themselves on Broadway, most television shows and films rely on a cast of characters. This stripped-down version of storytelling offers a new level of intimacy for audiences, but it’s just as exciting for the performers. “Anything that shakes up the format is interesting, isn’t it?” shared Mirren via Zoom. “At first, I thought, Oh, it’s a monologue; it’s just too much work. I don’t know if I’ll be good enough. But then I read the script, and I thought, This is such a beautiful piece of writing. There’s such sensibility and understanding of a certain sort of woman, one who is very recognizable.”

It’s hard to imagine an acting scenario where Mirren wouldn’t be up to snuff. As one of cinema’s most versatile stars, she’s played everyone from Catherine the Great to a trained assassin with skill. Still, her Solos character, Peg, feels like a departure. Self-doubting and shy, she’s spent her life apologizing for existing, but when an opportunity to see the galaxy comes around, Peg decides to take a chance. Surprisingly, Mirren saw a bit of herself in the role. “When I read it, I thought, This is my apologetic, British side, and it drives my husband crazy because he’s American and doesn’t understand it at all,” she says. “I identified with Peg. That part of me is why I became an actor. Many actors are extremely shy people who can’t deal with the real world, but the way they [manage] is through performance. It gives them a portal through which they can engage.”

Turrell’s use of light and hypnotic hues that can fill entire galleries led Turini to assign specific color palettes to each episode and keep her mood boards laser-focused. Peg’s crimson connected with her moment of bold self-discovery. “She was very quiet and meek, and I wanted something that felt out of character for her,” says Turini. “A line in the script that stood out to me was, ‘If my dentist could see me now.’ That played over and over in my mind because it was a little bit sad to me. And so I was thinking, What would make someone think that [it would be] something bold and bright, almost playful? She is a little playful once you get to know her—I kept thinking about the woman she could have been if someone just pulled her out of her shell.”

The leather Dior look was inspired in part by a story from Mirren’s early days as an actress. In honor of her first trip to Hawaii (and first time on a plane), the star bought herself a vintage leather suit, which she wore in Hawaii’s sweltering heat. “It was just a hilarious story,” says Turini. “I was like, Okay, leather one-piece, that’s where we are going with this!” Working with the Dior team to bring it all to life was fun too. “It was such a beautiful and intimate experience,” says Turini. “We got to go back and forth with different sketches, explore dresses, and think about what would this character wear in space? Is it something from her closet? Was it something that the company made and sent to her? We even wrote a line in the script to help support the route that we decided to take. So that felt very much like a team effort. It was a wonderfully collaborative process every episode; I always wanted to push it and make the clothing a character in itself.”

With the series streaming on Amazon today, the whole world now gets to see the results of that collaboration. The development of Solos was unique for its cast and crew, and it arrives at a time when stories about our shared future feel especially resonant. For Mirren, the story it tells speaks to where we are now. “We’ve gone through this extraordinary, strange human experience. I’m grateful because it has been so different and thrown up so many questions about imagination, kindness, and creativity,” she says. “When Peg signs up, it was very clearly stated there is no way back [and] the thing about life is we are all on a one-way journey. We are all going forward into that unknown.”


May 24, 2021 Leave a Reply

The gallery has been updated with over 1200 HD screencaptures of Helen Mirren from “The Good Liar”, enjoy!

May 22, 2021 Leave a Reply

Digital scans of Reader’s Digest issue, featuring Dame Helen Mirren on their cover, have been added to the gallery. Take a look and enjoy the interview!

May 22, 2021 Leave a Reply

Helen Mirren has always been graceful under pressure, and she knows how to hold her own when an interview gets a bit heated.

Case in point? The actor had the perfect response when a journalist once asked her a question about her breasts early on in her career.

On Wednesday, the 75-year-old chatted with TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie and reflected on that moment when Hoda told her she was shocked at how the journalist had spoken to her.

“Helen, I was enraged. I was so angry at your interviewer. I almost wanted to pop him in the nose,” the TODAY co-anchor said.

The interview took place in 1975 between Mirren and broadcaster Michael Parkinson. During their chat, Parkinson posed the following question to the actor: “Do you find that your figure, your physical attributes which people have always gone on about, hinder you in your pursuit of the ambition of being a successful actress?”

Mirren pointed to her chest while Parkinson finished up his question and came back with a classy and sassy response.

“Because serious actresses can’t have big bosoms, is that what you mean?” she said and gave him a glaring look.

The journalist attempted to clarify his question at this point and said, “Well, I think that they might sort of detract from the performance if you know what i mean.”

But Mirren wasn’t ready to back down.

“Really? I can’t think that can necessarily be true. I would hope that the performance in the play and the living relationship between all the people onstage and all the people in the audience overcomes such boring questions,” she said.

Savannah was impressed with how the actor stayed composed under pressure and said, “Boom!” when the clip ended.

“Did you punch him after? What happened?” Hoda asked.

“No, what happened after was that I got the blame for being sort of bolshy and argumentative. I was the one who was criticized, not him, because you know as we say, ‘Different times,'” she said.

May 12, 2021 Leave a Reply

Amazon Prime original series “SOLOS” premieres May 21, 2021 in the US and select territories and June 25, 2021 worldwide on Prime Video. Enjoy the trailer below: