Ovation: Dame Helen Mirren Is Fun.
Some celebrities have a reputation for being distant, aloof or arrogant. Others are simply eccentric or downright weird. Either way, they spend the duration of their careers developing and protecting an image upon which their livelihood depends. British actors and actresses sometimes have a reputation for being rather stuffy or proper and for taking themselves a bit too seriously.
Certainly not Dame Helen Mirren. Not only is she far from stuffy but she twerks, too!
Mirren, Oscar winner, star of stage and screen and one of the most acclaimed actresses of our time, was honored this week at Harvard University with the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year award. The Hasty Pudding group is the oldest undergraduate drama troupe in the United States and, every year it salutes performers who have made a lasting and impressive contribution to the entertainment industry.
During the ceremony to honor her, 68-year-old Mirren was challenged with the task of twerking. And so she did … later admitting that it was not her first twerk.
I find it endearing to know that someone of her extraordinary talent, who some might assume would find dancing of this sort beneath her, isn’t afraid to have a good time.
“I’ve tried in my bedroom in private in front of the mirror, very unsuccessfully. Absolutely humiliating to have to do it in public in front of a whole load of people.” – Dame Helen Mirren on twerking.
I just love her. And, now that I’ve seen her twerk, I’m certain that when I see her on screen I’ll smile a little bit bigger and enjoy her performance a little bit more.
Are you a fan of Dame Helen Mirren?
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