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Helen Mirren warns women in Hollywood about over 'optimism'

Helen Mirren warns women in Hollywood about over 'optimism'

Helen Mirren has warned women of Hollywood that a "tsunami is coming".

The 70-year-old actress has been very vocal about women in the movie industry, including praising Jennifer Lawrence for her essay about the pay gap among male and female stars.

Helen has been in the industry since 1967 and admitted she has seen "astronomical change" when it comes to the way women are treated in Hollywood over the years.

However, she knows there is still a lot that needs to be changed.

“I’ve witnessed such incredible change in my life that sometimes it makes me overly optimistic, and I think I’m wrong to be overly optimistic,” Helen said during a lunch on Tuesday (08Mar16), Page Six reported.

Helen has been lucky enough to continue with a successful career regardless of her advancing years. She and husband Taylor Hackford never had children, but Helen acknowledges things would have been more difficult if she had become a mother.

"The world is out there (as a young woman) and it’s your oyster," she said. "It gets very difficult when you have children. The film business is very tough on men and women... they work incredibly long hours. You don’t have time to take the children to school, you’re on set at 7 in the morning.”

Helen can currently be seen in the war drama Eye in the Sky, in which she plays Colonel Katherine Powell - a role originally written for a man. She added that with the backing of young stars such as Jennifer, things will continue to alter and hopefully improve for women in Hollywood.

"The more women who are visible in the film industry, the more young women will say, ‘Hey, I want to do that.’ The tsunami is coming," she added.

- Cover Media