Mirren is highly respected in the movie business and she rarely opens up about other stars. In this case, she wasn’t shying away from giving Bynes some pretty self-explanatory words of wisdom.
When asked if she had any advice for the younger stars, Mirren had a simple response that even got a few laughs from the interviewer.
“I don’t know if you’re allowed to say this on television,” she said. “But don’t be up your own bum.”
Her advice may not have the most welcoming message, but it’s one that many celebrities deal with all the time.
“People get up their own [bottom], and you really don’t need to,” she added. “It’s the thing of the young. Just—just don’t do that.”
Amanda Bynes isn’t the type to take advice that well, so Helen Mirren could be expecting an “ugly tweet” sometime soon. Her comments weren’t over-the-top or too specific, but the message could quickly be misunderstood.
Mirren has explained her thoughts on the struggles of a rising star before and she believes the hardest period in life is “one’s twenties.”
“We’re all idiots when we’re young,” she told Esquire in their August 2011 issue. “We don’t think we are, but we are. So we should be. The hardest period in life is one’s twenties.”
Most stars who grow up in the spotlight are full of confidence, but Mirren believes the earlier years are actually when stars have built up insecurities.
“It’s a shame because you’re your most gorgeous and you’re physically in peak condition,” she explained in 2011 before adding, “But it’s actually when you’re most insecure and full of self-doubt. When you don’t know what’s going to happen, it’s frightening.”
Do you think Amanda Bynes should listen to Helen Mirren’s advice?