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Helen Mirren thinks women need to stand up for themselves

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Helen Mirren thinks women need to stand up for themselves

Helen Mirren claims "f**k off" are the first words she would teach a little girl.

The 70-year-old actress, who has no children with husband Taylor Hackford, has praised Jennifer Lawrence for recently penning an essay about inequality in Hollywood and thinks women should be taught how to stand up for themselves at an early age.

In a joint interview with the 'Hunger Games' star and six other leading actresses, including Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Carey Mulligan, for The Hollywood Reporter's annual Roundtable discussion, the 'Woman in Gold' star told Jennifer: "I love the way you wrote about it because you wrote about it very simply and personally. I so recognised that thing you said about, 'I didn't want to be an a*****e,' you know? I want to be polite. We've got to stop being polite. If I ever had children, which I don't, the first thing I'd teach a girl of mine is the words 'f**k off.' "

The 'Joy' star, 25, won praise from many of her other peers for her piece called 'Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?' last month, in which she admitted she was disappointed in herself after learning she and Amy Adams were paid less than the male 'American Hustle' cast members.

She wrote: "When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d***s, I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early."