Helen Mirren Discusses The Joy of Ageing: “It’s A Challenge of Courage”


Helen Mirren stars in The Leisure Seeker, the story of a senior couple (Mirren, Donald Sutherland) who travel in their rickety RV from the East Coast and down to the Florida Keys (the site of the Ernest Hemingway home). During the interviews Mirren was asked about her thoughts on the joy and fear of aging. Her response (audio included) is after the jump . . . 

The Leisure Seeker
Donald Sutherland as John Spencer and Helen Mirren as Ella Spencer
Photo by Luca Bigazzi, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

“The joy is the wisdom, if that’s the right word – it’s not really the right word – that comes with getting older. Let’s say the understandings that come with it and the letting go of things that seem to be so terribly important when you’re 16, 17, 18 … 21, 22. Then as you get older, you let go of a lot of things. I would say that’s the joy, definitely.

The fear obviously is the fear of becoming incapacitated. The fear of what happens to Donald (Sutherland’s) character.

On the other hand, also it’s a challenge. It’s a challenge of courage. The knowledge is that from the moment you’re born, to get old is in your destiny. It’s in your destiny. There are certain cultures that understand this much better than we do. I would say the Japanese culture probably.”Helen Mirren

Audio version (provided by Front Row Features):

The Leisure Seeker opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles.

Greg Srisavasdi

Editor/Owner of Find Your Seen and Deepest Dream, I'm also a BFCA member and editor of Hollywood Outbreak. I also do a weekly movie review podcast called CinemAddicts. BFCA member, Clippers and UCLA Bruins lifer!!

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