Tonys Backstage: Helen Mirren Wants a Grammy, Rules Out Repeating Queen Elizabeth Role

Helen Mirren Tonys Backstage
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After adding a Tony Award to her over-stuffed trophy case for playing Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience,” Helen Mirren greeted the media on Sunday armed with her statue and a vodka gimlet.

“Trains, heels, drinks — it’s a lethal combination,” Mirren joked as she climbed the steps to a makeshift podium.

The English actress previously won an Oscar for portraying the same monarch in 2006’s “The Queen” and has scored Emmys for her work in the likes of “Prime Suspect” and “Elizabeth I.” Only a Grammy stands in the way of Mirren achieving EGOT status.

“I really want a Grammy,” said Mirren. “I have to do an audiobook.”

Mirren admitted she hesitated before donning Elizabeth II’s crown for a second time, but said the challenge of playing the royal leader from her mid-twenties through her eighties was too irresistible to pass up. “The Audience” depicts the weekly meetings the queen had with her prime ministers.

“As an actress you don’t want to repeat yourself,” said Mirren, but said she conceded because “it’s such a clever play.”

She did rule out a third stab at capturing Elizabeth II on stage or film.

“I don’t think I’ll do it again…I’m sure her majesty is sick to the teeth with me,” said Mirren.

Mirren was previously nominated for a Tony for her work in “A Month in the Country” and “The Dance of Death,” and said that she loves the sense of community she feels every time she appears on Broadway.

“The streets are packed with people and there’s the naked cowboy, but it’s just so fun,” said Mirren.

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