Do not use the word “feisty” around Helen Mirren.
The actress called out “The One Show” presenter Alex Scott during Thursday’s instalment after the host mentioned Mirren had played a lot of “strong, feisty” characters in the past.
Mirren insisted, “Well, you know, I have played housekeepers as well, and I’m playing a cleaner in my next film. I hope there’s a bit of variety there.”
She then added, “I have to say I don’t like the word ‘feisty’. I don’t know why.
“I think it’s because it’s always related to women. They never say ‘a feisty man,’ a kid, maybe. But I find it slightly insulting, I don’t know why. I want to find another word.”
Mirren then quipped, “See, I was being the boss there, wasn’t I?”
This isn’t the first time Mirren has criticized the use of the word “feisty” in an interview.
She told the Times back in 2015: “Only women are feisty. It just makes me gag. We need new words for female power and funniness and smartness.”