Helen Mirren says she cried when pal Brendan Fraser won the Oscar: ‘He’s a magical man’
Helen Mirren is an Oscar winner herself, but admitted she was brought to tears when watching the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday.
In an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show Friday, the actress, 77, who was there promoting her latest film, Shazam!: Fury of the Gods, said she was in a restaurant when her friend Brendan Fraser, 54, won the Best Actor award for his work in The Whale.
‘I cried when Brendan Fraser got the award,’ she revealed as she sat primly in a bright yellow frock with long sleeves and an A-line skirt.
She accessorized the look with black belt and a black headband tied around her long blonde hair.
‘That’s so cool,’ commented Kelly, 40, ‘he did such an incredible job.’
Emotional moment: Helen Mirren, 77, is an Oscar winner herself, but admitted she was brought to tears when watching the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday. ‘I cried when Brendan Fraser got the award,’ she revealed on The Kelly Clarkson Show Friday
‘I cried when Brendan Fraser got the award,’ she revealed as she sat primly in a bright yellow frock with long sleeves and an A-line skirt (her pal pictured last weekend with his trophy)
Brendan and Helen had worked together in the 2008 fantasy film Inkheart.
The film focuses on a teenage girl who discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books.
When a villainous character escapes, she, her father and aunt must work together to keep the bad guy from destroying them all.
‘He’s such a lovely person,’ the Emmy winner said of her former co-star.
‘I’m sure you know what a beautiful man he is. He’s a magical man, I think.
She continued: ‘And he was clearly very, very moved, it was a huge moment for him, so it was the right person for me, the way he responded to it, I just found it very.’ moving.
The performer went on to add that she thought his win ;was the highlight’ for her ‘of the whole show.’
‘I love that when you’re rooting for someone,’ said Kelly, ‘because you believe in them, or their project, or whatever it might be, and they win. That’s a good feeling for everyone involved.
‘It’s great,’ agreed the Stronger artist.
Magic: Helen told Kelly, 40, she was in a restaurant when she saw Brendan’s acceptance speech. ‘He’s such a lovely person,’ the Emmy winner said of her former co-star, ‘He’s a magical man, I think.’ Kelly agreed adding, ‘That’s so cool, he did such an incredible job’
Shazam!: Helen was on The Kelly Clarkson Show to promote her latest film Shazam! Fury of the Gods, seen here with co-star Lucy Liu
Inkheart: Brendan and Helen had worked together in the 2008 fantasy film Inkheart. Helen starred as the aunt of a teenage girl who discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books
Helen had her own special moment when she returned to London after receiving her Best Actress award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2007.
‘While waiting at baggage claim, someone spotted me and started applauding,’ the versatile actress told Variety.
‘Word started traveling, and soon the whole baggage hall was applauding.’
Helen just happened to be storing her statue in her carryon bag.
‘It was so incredible. Of course, I couldn’t resist — I reached into my bag and got my Oscar and held it up. I cried, I have to say; it was so touching and lovely.’
Oscar: Helen won her own Best Actress Oscar award in 2007
The Queen: The versatile actress won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen
Special experience: Helen had her own special experience at the airport in London when returning home from her Oscar win. ‘While waiting at baggage claim, someone spotted me and started applauding. Word started traveling, and soon the whole baggage hall was applauding’
The BAFTA winner is set for a busy 2023.
She has three films opening this year, including reprising her role as Queenie in the latest chapter of the Fast and Furious franchise, Fast X.
She will also appear in the highly anticipated Barbie, with Margo Robbie and Ryan Gosling, as well as White Bird: A Wonder Story, a period piece about the importance of being kind to others.
Helen has been signed to star as a reclusive author in the crime drama Switzerland, and will be directed by her husband, Taylor Hackford, in Sniff, co-starring Al Pacino, Morgan Freeman and Danny DeVito.