Helen Mirren has claimed she had to “often” deal with men flashing her as a young actor. The British star, 72, made the shocking statement in an interview with NBC’s Sunday Today in which she addressed the numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood.
Helen Mirren spoke about her own history with sexual harassment and said that while she was too old to be harassed when she arrived in Hollywood, men exposed themselves in front of her on a weekly basis. Mirren said :
“I had never experienced that (sexual harassment)…in Hollywood. Because (when) I came to Hollywood, I was in my 30s. I was too old. It doesn’t happen to you unless you’re very young.”
Speaking about the film industry’s recent spate of sexual harassment and assault allegations, the Oscar-winning actress said that although she had not had any such experiences in Hollywood, she had put up with unwanted advances frequently while still living in England.She said :
“When I was in 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 was like, ‘Ugh.It’s not like you’re gonna go, ‘Oh my god, that’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. It’s Xx the opposite. It’s horror,”
Mirren received a nomination for last month’s Golden Globes for her role in the forthcoming film The Leisure Seeker, alongside Donald Sutherland. The film, out in UK cinemas from May 4, is an adaptation of Michael Zadoorian 2009 comic romance novel of the same name.
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A wave of allegations against powerful men in Hollywood has been sweeping the industry since October when multiple women came forward and accused producer Harvey Weinstein of harassment, assault and in some cases, rape. Since then, hundreds of men have been publicly accused of similar behavior, with the most recent names being actor James Franco and comedian Aziz Ansari.