Would we drink coffee with Helen Mirren?
Kristy: Holy crap yes! I’m going to admit that for a heartbeat there I almost said “no” out of pure intimidation. I have serious doubts about whether I am worthy to share a cup of joe with Dame Helen. But at the end of the day I just don’t think I could pass up the opportunity. I just think that she is exquisite. She’s one of those people where I feel like the very fact that she exists makes me feel better about the world. I know that sounds a little over the top, but it’s true.
My love for Helen Mirren might be a little odd in that I’ve actually seen very few of her films. I was just scrolling through on IMDB and seriously, just a handful. And I’m guessing the one’s I’ve seen are not necessarily her best work (through no fault of hers, just being slightly less awesome scriptwise). So if not for her acting, why do I love her so much? For starters, I think she’s beautiful but in a very human way. I love that she doesn’t make any attempt to cover up her age (and why would you when you look like that in your mid 60s?). It’s strange because just now I read a quote from her about being cool with not being gorgeous, and I thought that was so crazy because I think she is gorgeous. And she always seems to dress so cool. I love that she’s kind of a bad ass with her tattoo and all. She always seems so articulate and amazingly grounded and self-possessed in interviews. For all I know it’s just a public front, but it’s really breathtaking how open and direct she always seems to be about who she is and how she feels. I read this one interview where the interviewer made a comment about how she could have helped open doors for women in directing if she’d pushed her way into directing and, in a very polite British way, she just ripped the interviewer a new one. She made it very clear that she wouldn’t have helped women directors at all because she’s not a director, she’s an actress. And if she tried to be a director she wouldn’t love it and she wouldn’t excel and she might cause more harm than good.
So yes, I would drink coffee with Helen Mirren and just hope that some of her coolness would rub off. Even just a tiny smudge.
Cammy: Oh, wow. I really don’t know. This woman is a walking definition of classy and awesome. She’s been fantastic in every role I’ve ever seen her play, and she looks fantastic (and mad props for rockin’ the white hair), but I honestly don’t know what kind of conversation I could strike up with her. I’m sure she’d be gracious and polite, but, that’s one more reason NOT to subject her to my parochial, bumpkin nature. Kristy, you’re going to have more common ground (in the love of performance if nothing else). Just pass along that she has awesome hair and assure her that I’m not worth talking to. And afterward I will have you tell me everything and I will be envious of your smudge of coolness.