What Actress Helen Mirren Wishes She Told More People Is The Opposite Of What You'd Expect

"Sometimes politeness, in certain circumstances, is not what’s required."

Actress Helen Mirren is widely hailed as one of the most astute actors today. Her penchant for formidable female characters, coupled with her British poise and accent, has cultivated a sense of "properness" about her.

But in a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Mirren revealed that she regrets not having a looser tongue and a more cavalier spirit when dealing with people.

The 70-year-old star said that she wishes she would tell more people to "f*ck off," because it's empowering.

"Unfortunately, at least for my generation, growing up [we didn't say that]," she told the newspaper. "I love the fact that girls are so much more confident and outspoken than my generation were. We were sort of brought up to be polite. And sometimes politeness, in certain circumstances, is not what's required; you've got to have the courage to stand up for yourself occasionally when it's needed."

Mirren, who has flexed her acting chops in male-dominated Hollywood over many decades, learned from her experience that being able to say that to someone is important. In 2013, the actress — who does not have children — said that if she did have a daughter, the first words she would teach her would be "f*ck off."

She added, "And it's quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence to say, 'No, f*ck off, leave me alone, thank you very much.' You see, I couldn't help saying, 'Thank you very much' — I just couldn't help myself."

You go, Helen Mirren. 

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