Helen Mirren has a message for the Times Up movement: “Time’s up? I would say it’s about time.”
The 72-year-old star said she couldn’t directly relate to the countless women abused in Hollywood because by the time she came to Hollywood she was already in her 30s — but she did admit being victim to sexual harassment when she was younger.
“I had never experienced that in Hollywood because I came to Hollywood I was in my 30s, I was too old,” she recalled to Willie Geist in a “Sunday Today” airing this weekend. “It doesn’t happen to you unless you are really young.”
Actress Helen Mirren discussed the #MeToo movement and how men sexually harassed her weekly when she was in her 20s.
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“When I was between 16 and 23, 24, men would expose themselves to me, often. I would say about once a week. On the subway, on the tube, on the bus, walking down a road. And it’s like, ugh,” Mirren said. “Weird, because it’s not like you’re going to go, ‘Oh my god, that’s the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen.’ It’s the opposite. It’s horror!”
Mirren elaborated on the Time’s Up and Me Too movements, admitting it’s long overdue.
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“The last four or five months there’s been an enormous shift going on. It’s been coming. I’d say ‘Time’s Up? I would say well it’s about time,’ time’s up, it’s taken a long time to get here.”
The longtime actress recently received a Golden Globes nomination for her role in “The Leisure Seeker,” which is due out Friday.
Mirren’s full interview with Geist will air on NBC on Sunday.