The Queen has a soft corner for male reporters

Helen Mirren, the 63-year-old British actress who won the Academy Award for playing The Queen, on why she likes to be interviewed by male reporters, in The Sunday Times, London:

“I prefer male journalists because there’s a streak of female journalism—the bitches—who are mean-spirited and nasty because you are another woman and want to make you feel crap.

“It’s very upsetting.

“I’m more careful when I’m being interviewed by a woman because, from experience as well as reading articles about other women, I know there is a little stiletto knife hidden behind the back.”

Photograph: Helen Mirren captured while holidaying with her husband in Puglia in southern Italy last year, just days ahead of her 63rd birthday (courtesy Hollywood Yesterday)