June 22nd, 2010
05:03 PM ET
While Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus are often criticized because of their flamboyant spins on minimalist fashion, Helen Mirren counts them as women who are embracing their sexuality.
The soon-to-be 65-year-old actress told New York magazine that she’s “thrilled young girls are claiming their sexuality for themselves.”
The women she loves, Mirren said in the interview, are bold, like "Madonna and Scarlett Johansson—sexy and gorgeous, but not only that. And Miley Cyrus - fantastic!"
The same exclamation can be applied to Lady Gaga. "I love the way she’s elevated pop to performance art, or dragged performance art down to pop, or maybe made a wonderful amalgam of the two," Mirren said.
And the actress is well-acquainted with being bold - her next role will be in her husband Taylor Hackard’s film “Love Ranch,” in which she plays a madam at a 70s-era whorehouse who winds up in an affair with a man 30 years her junior.
If this seems to be a bit of a departure for Mirren because her acclaimed portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006's “The Queen" is still fresh in your memory, take a look at her history. For one, she did a teen striptease for an older painter in 1969's “Age of Consent."
But that was years ago, and as Mirren told NYMag, we’ve forgotten how "notorious" she was. Remember, as she's said previously, she was the would-be rebel; the good girl who wanted to be bad.
That's still true, Mirren points out in the interview. “I’m still the good girl who wants to be a bad girl,” she said before adding, “but I’ll never make it as a bad girl … I’m not a prude or a moralist and I never have been, but I’m too fearful, too much of a wimp, really.”
But for her role in “Love Ranch,” she had to learn to silence those fears. Susan Austin, the madam of Nevada's real Mustang Ranch (which "Love Ranch" is based on), told the actress that she “had to be tough, because maybe you do have 25 psychotic whores. A lot of them come from very dysfunctional backgrounds, and women together like that can be very dangerous.”
Mirren at first balked at spending the night at Mustang Ranch, but after conceding, she realized “how quickly you get into dildos everywhere and pink-feather handcuffs.”
“Love Ranch,” co-starring Joe Pesci as Mirren's sketchy husband and Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Mirren's lover, opens on June 30.
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