In the wake of "Me Too" and "Time's Up," actresses are being asked en masse whether they have experienced Hollywood's rampant harassment first-hand. The latest was Helen Mirren, who, in a recent interview with Sunday Today host Willie Geist, laid it all bare.
Mirren says she was one of the rare women who didn't deal with unwanted advances in Hollywood, only because by the time she arrived from the London theater circuit she was already considered "old."
"I have never experienced [sexual harassment]... in Hollywood. Because [when] I came to Hollywood, I was in my 30s. I was too old. It doesn't happen to you unless you're very young," she said.
However Mirren did recall when she was in her 20s, she was constantly dealing with an array of dicks she didn't ask for — on the street, on public transportation, every week. Think the airdrop dick pic phenomenon, but in real life, with real dicks. Mirren, said that, shockingly, the men failed to understand that this did not turn her on and subsequently make her want to have sex with them.
"When I was between 16 and 23, 24 — men would expose themselves to me often, I would say about once a week…on the subway, on the tube, on the bus, walking down a road and it was like, ugh... It's not like you're gonna go, 'Oh my god, that's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.' It's the opposite. It's horror."