Helen Mirren, Olivia Colman and more on playing Elizabeth II

Mirren has received a number of awards, including a Leading Actor Oscar, as well as a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, for her role as Queen in Stephen Frears’ film, which chronicled the events after Princess Diana’s death in 1997. The Queen herself praised the performance and invited Mirren to dinner at Buckingham Palace, which she had to turn down due to filming commitments on another project. Upon accepting the Golden Globe, Mirren dedicated the award to the royal matriarch: “I truly believe this award is hers because I believe you fell in love with her, not me,” she said.

In a statement following the Queen’s death, Mirren wrote: “I join the rest of my country in mourning the death of a great Queen. I am proud to call myself of the Elizabethan era. If there was a definition of nobility, Elizabeth Windsor embodied it.”

Speaking to Charlie Rose in 2006 about the experience of playing the queen, Mirren said:

“You cannot approach this subject without undergoing intense scrutiny. It’s a hot potato in England. There is scrutiny by the press, by the family, by everyone… Although the monarchy in general is a much loved and respected institution, in parallel we have a great tradition of ridiculing, criticizing and ridiculing the royal family. If you do anything about the royal family, especially if you come from the art world, you expect a mocking, satirical take on it. And in a weird way, the controversy about this film was the fact that it actually isn’t.

“I suspect she’s gifted with a lack of imagination, which enables her to be absolutely consistent. You know, imagination is a dangerous thing. It can lead you down all sorts of dangerous routes. And I don’t think the Queen has that kind of imagination. And that’s why she’s able to be absolutely consistent.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-09-08/queen-elizabeth-foy-colman-mirren-wilton-kaye-gadon Helen Mirren, Olivia Colman and more on playing Elizabeth II

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