Dame Helen Mirren has some sage advice for younger women.
In a new interview with The Daily Mail‘s You magazine, the actress recommends marrying late (she got married at 52), advises against having a wedding for the dress and is a staunch proponent of standing up for yourself.
“I think marrying late is a very good idea – it worked out for me. In general, I’d say it’s not a great idea to marry young. And it’s a really terrible idea to get married for the frock,” Mirren, 70, says.
“I was lucky because I’d worn so many incredible dresses as costumes. But girls nowadays have a princess complex – they’re longing to have the gorgeous dress, be the center of attention and live the dream for 24 hours,” she continues. “At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to use the words ‘f— off’ much more frequently.”
Mirren also warns against men who use body language to claim women.
“It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung round their girlfriend’s shoulders,” she told the magazine. “It’s like ownership. Of course, when you’re young, you want the guy to take your hand and look after you.”
“But when I see girls being leaned on, I want to say, ‘Tell him to get his damned arm off your shoulder.’ ”
The Woman in Gold actress also told the magazine that she thinks women are still oppressed, in some regard.
“Women are still toddlers in this modern world, trying to find their position in the age of sexual liberation, birth control, education and financial independence,” she said, and added, “We’re still finding our path. And yes, we’re making a lot of mistakes along the way.”