'I want girls to swear at men': Helen Mirren on why the first words she'd have taught her daughter would have been 'f*** off'
Dame Helen Mirren on enduring years of sexism during her early career. | ‘If I’d had children and had a girl, the first words I would have taught her would have been “Fuck off”,’ she says. ‘Because we weren’t brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we? And it’s quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence to say, “No, fuck off, leave me alone, thank you very much.” ’ She pauses and laughs. ‘You see, I couldn’t help saying, “Thank you very much,” I just couldn’t help myself.’