Helen Mirren and this infamous interview with Michael Parkinson

Helen Mirren fans celebrated the veteran actor on his 73rd birthday (Monday, July 25).

Known for her work both on stage and screen, Mirren has been a major presence in the entertainment industry in a variety of genres – from Shakespearean comedies to action films (Red and the Fast and Furious movies) to her Oscar-winning and Bafta-winning portrayal of the Queen.

Since the start of her career, the actress has also become highly respected for her outspoken nature and has never been afraid to call anyone out.

One of the clearest examples of this trait came in 1975 when she was interviewed by Michael Parkinson on his BBC chat show.

One point in their conversation saw Parkinson ask the star if she thought her physical attributes had “hindered” her in her career.

“Because serious actresses can’t have big breasts, is that what you mean?” Mirren replied Clarifying her question, Parkinson then wondered if she thought her figure could “harm” her performance.

“I can’t think that could necessarily be true,” Mirren said. “I mean, what a lousy performance if people are obsessed with your breast size or whatever.

“I hope the performance, the play, and the living relationship between everyone on stage and everyone in the audience will overcome these annoying questions.”

Helen Mirren, circa 1975 (Getty Images)

The exchange remained a favorite moment for Mirren fans, as proof of her ability to answer questions candidly.

In the years since, the actor has opened up about the infamous interview and recounted Flaunt magazine in 2019 that she had revisited the moment in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

“After that Parkinson’s interview, I was the one who got the s***,” Mirren explained. ” He did not do it. I had the shit. I had the shit of being argumentative.

She continued: “I don’t want to criticize Michael, but he blew it once, because, you know, he didn’t know anything different.

“He never saw it. I told him again years later and he never saw what was wrong. He could never quite grasp it.

Parkinson also addressed the interview decades after it aired, and as of 2016 the broadcaster does not apologize for his words.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “I do not want [apologise]. She neither. I don’t consider what happened there as anything other than good television.