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Women in Hollywood: Best Body Mirren on Being Proactive, Imperfect; Fonda talks Prime Time Love, Sex

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 29, 2011 at 5:08AM

Helen Mirren recently won a L.A. Fitness "Best Body" poll. Was she aware, asks Vulture? "I couldn’t very well avoid it, could I?" she says. She beat out the likes of Jennifer Lopez, and thinks it's a beautiful thing: "I think it was recognition of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect." Mirren's youthful attitude can't hurt. She steers clear of cliched older woman characters, preferring "any role that's proactive." That means action roles, as with The Debt and RED. "You get to do stuff. I hate sitting in a corner — I’d much prefer an action role in a popcorn movie rather than pining in a corner not doing anything." And here's 20 male roles Mirren could have rocked. There's a remake or two in that list worth pursuing.
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Helen Mirren recently won a L.A. Fitness "Best Body" poll. Was she aware, asks Vulture? "I couldn’t very well avoid it, could I?" she says. She beat out the likes of Jennifer Lopez, and thinks it's a beautiful thing: "I think it was recognition of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect." Mirren's youthful attitude can't hurt. She steers clear of cliched older woman characters, preferring "any role that's proactive." That means action roles, as with The Debt and RED. "You get to do stuff. I hate sitting in a corner — I’d much prefer an action role in a popcorn movie rather than pining in a corner not doing anything." And here's 20 male roles Mirren could have rocked. There's a remake or two in that list worth pursuing.

The Telegraph profiles Jane Fonda talking about her upcoming book, Prime Time, in which the actress lays out how "Love, Health, Sex, Fitness and Spirit" are the way to happiness. Fonda clarifies that in her relationships with men she's no longer looking to be validated, that she's fallen in love "five or six" times, and that she did tons of research for her book because she wanted to know, "am I the only person who is 73 and feeling better than she did when she was 23? Am I unique? And if I’m not how come no one is talking about it?" Telegraph's Nigel Farndale determines that Fonda, always wanting to be the best at something, has now:

"set herself the task of being the best at being seventy something – looking better than everyone else, feeling fitter, being happier and more in love. And she seems to think these are all things that have to be worked at. Work, work, work. Not play, play, play. Meet the challenge of old age. Feel the burn. It must be exhausting being her."

You can watch her chatting up Jay Leno (wearing "an endangered species") below:

[Mirren photo courtesy of New York Magazine]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.