Dame Helen Mirren Gets a Year Younger on Ellen

Going on a talkshow is the new fountain of youth

Age looks damn good on Dame Helen Mirren. Maybe too good. The face of L’Oréal Paris who recently strutted down the Champs-Élysées twirling a cane like a sartorial pimp during Paris fashion week, sat across from fellow beauty spokesmodel Ellen DeGeneres (a member of the CoverGirl family) today to promote The Leisure Seeker, her new film out March 9. While Mirren confirmed that she would not be appearing in The Crown (though she’s a big fan of the Netflix series) on DeGeneres’ show, she couldn’t corroborate her own age—tacking on an extra year, believing that she was 73, not 72 (her actual age). “This is amazing, I’ve just made a whole year!” she laughed in genuine surprise.

Hollywood is famous for erasing a person’s age via clever camera tricks or a quick nip and tuck (they don’t call Los Angeles The City of Angels for nothing—everyone, regardless of age, looks like a goddamn cherub plumped to the max with every injectable available), but Mirren has embraced her fine lines, even insisting they not be retouched in her L’Oréal Paris campaigns. Her ad spot for Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer aired during the Golden Globes where she recited an updated version of the brand’s iconic motto, “We’ve still got it and we’re still worth it,” which was fitting seeing as so many women age 50 and over stole the spotlight (including Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Streisand, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Nicole Kidman, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Allison Janney, Salma Hayek, Carol Burnett, Meryl Streep, and Frances McDormand).  She’s also quite forthcoming about the truth surrounding the skincare she shills for the cosmetic conglomerate, noting (much to the dismay of L’Oréal execs) on stage in the South of France last year: “I’m an eternal optimist. I know that when I put my moisturizer on it probably does fuck all, but it just makes me feel better. I’ve always said to L’Oréal as well that I will only do what makes me feel better.”

While Prince William affectionately refers to Mirren as “his granny” after playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, she is, much like Mrs. Doubtfire, “a hip old granny who can hip-hop, bebop, dance til ya drop, and yo yo make a wicked cup of cocoa.” We can’t be certain about the cocoa part, but we know the actor can make a mean plate of beans on toast, as she made an on-air plea to Heinz for free English baked beans on behalf of herself Portia de Rossi. She’s also excited to be alive during an era that includes GPS and Stranger Things, but draws the line when it comes to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Mirren did, in response to DeGeneres questioning her retirement, note: “I see myself stopping not working almost every morning. I never want to go to a party. I want to stay at home and watch TV. I never want to go out to dinner. I want to stay at home and watch TV. I never want to do Ellen. I want to stay at home and watch TV. I never want to go on set. I want to go home and watch TV.” Us too, girl. Us too.

Mirren may have taught the world that beauty only gets better with age, but she’s also made it clear that the burning desire to stay glued to your couch doesn’t dissipate—even if you are one hell of a Dame.

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