Dame Helen Mirren loves TikTok

Dame Helen Mirren loves TikTok.

The 75-year-old actress has admired the "inventiveness and creativity" of what people have been able to achieve online during the coronavirus pandemic and she admitted she's enjoyed using the short video app "a little bit" over the last year.

Asked if she's been using TikTok for entertainment, she told E! News: "A little bit, yes.

"I have to say, one of the great pleasures of the pandemic has been the inventiveness and the wit and the creativity of what people have been doing on the internet.

"I mean TikTok is absolutely part of that, but many other things as well. I mean just wonderful, inventiveness and wit and humour and poetry."

Helen can next be seen in Amazon Prime Video anthology series 'Solos', and she was attracted to playing Peg in an episode about a study that sends senior citizens into space because of the "sensitivity and beauty" of the writing, though she admitted she was surprised to find it had been penned by a man because the piece was "so understanding of women".

And the screen legend - who is married to Taylor Hackford - could identify with her character's apologetic attitude.

She said: "A lot of what Peg describes of being apologetic about - ‘Excuse me' and ‘I'm so sorry' and ‘Would you mind terribly if I…' and ‘Oh no, I understand if that's not'... She's very un-American in that way.

"My husband is American and if he wants something at a restaurant, he'll say ‘I want a water.' And I'll say, ‘Excuse me, I'm terribly sorry to bother you. It's alright if you're busy but if you're not, if you could possibly get me a glass of water, it would be absolutely brilliant. I'd love that. Thank you so much.' You know, so it's a different kind of approach.

"So, there was a part of me that really understood Peg, but on the other hand as an actress, kind of overcome that element in myself. I really understood that sort of element and the way she's making this big effort to overcome all of that and be proactive in her life."

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