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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Helen Mirren HollywoodNewsWire.net  "The Queen"  photo
The Queen
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Oct 3, 2006
The Queen - Helen Mirren

Q1: Were you surprised how much you looked like her in makeup?
HM: Yes, I was. I have to say even more so when I saw it on the screen. That is when it really came together. Just looking in the mirror, I couldn't see the physicality in terms of the movement. There's one shot (where I'm in the) doorway that completely blows me away. I come out and look at the flowers. I'm quite familiar with that piece of film because I watched it a lot to see what the queen did. You can hardly tell the difference. That's the most amazing moment. Sadly, I used very little makeup. I didn't spend hours in the makeup chair with all kinds of magical things being added to my face. I did very little makeup. It had more to do with the set of the face really. The set of the head, the set of the mouth.

Q2: Have you heard any reaction from the royal family?
HM: No. And I don't think we ever will. Its dangerous for them to either say we think it's wonderful or we hate it because ...

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