Dame Helen Mirren is one of the most distinguished actresses of our time. While we absolutely hold her work and awards in high regard, we don’t admire her just for her roles; the 69-year-old is the hilarious grandmother we’ve always wanted.
Today marks the release of Mirren’s latest film, The Hundred-Foot Journey, so we are seizing the opportunity to properly salute her. Just like Meryl Streep, she’s a female thespian who’s always down to get a little silly. From her impromptu make-out session with Paul Rudd to her love of America’s Next Top Model, we’ve found Mirren just gets cooler with age.
Dame Helen: The epitome of talent, class, and a tad bit of sass. Check out the reasons why we love the actress, below.
1. She’s not afraid to twerk.
Whether she’s being honored at Harvard University or she’s kicking it with daytime talk show hosts, she’s totally down to shake her moneymaker.