Helen Mirren says the way Hollywood treats older actresses is '[censored] outrageous.'

In a June 16, 2015, interview with The Wrap, Dame Helen Mirren was asked about what it's like to be an older woman working in Hollywood.

And she didn't mince words.


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Which begs the question...

Why so blunt, Helen Mirren?

In Hollywood, there are precious few leading roles for women in general. That's why so much of the time, you see super talented actresses stuck playing the boring love interest of a male lead.

And you change mine every day, Zach Braff. GIF from "Garden State."

But older actresses? They're in an even worse bind. Because they rarely snag even these roles.

Even though there are plenty of dashing leading men in their 50s and 60s, their on-screen love interests tend to be hella younger than them.

Like 53-year-old Colin Firth and 25-year-old Emma Stone in "Magic in the Moonlight."

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And 50-year-old Tom Cruise and 33-year-old Olga Kurylenko in "Oblivion."

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And 50-year-old Steve Carell and 29-year-old Olivia Wilde in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."

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How messed up has it gotten?

Recently Maggie Gyllenhaal told The Wrap: "I'm 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh."

It's definitely tough out there if you're over 35 and female in Hollywood.

Which is a shame, because when older actresses do get to front a film, they tend to crush it.

Like Helen Mirren in her Academy Award-winning performance in "The Queen."

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Or Sandra Bullock in "Gravity."

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Or the turnabout-is-fair-play older lady/younger guy romantic pairing of Julianne Moore and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Don Jon."

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I guess what I'm trying to say is: More awesome older ladies in more bigger roles more often, please.

That would be f**king outrageous. But in a good way.

Here's Dame Helen herself, dropping truth.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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Just imagine being an 11-year-old boy who's been shuffled through the foster care system. No forever home. No forever family. No idea where you'll be living or who will take care of you in the near future.

Then, a loving couple takes you under their care and chooses to love you forever.

What could one be more thankful for?

That's why when a fifth grader at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah was asked by his substitute teacher what he's thankful for this Thanksgiving, he said finally being adopted by his two dads.

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To the child's shock, the teacher replied, "that's nothing to be thankful for," and then went on a rant in front of 30 students saying that "two men living together is a sin" and "homosexuality is wrong."

While the boy sat there embarrassed, three girls in the class stood up for him by walking out of the room to tell the principal. Shortly after, the substitute was then escorted out of the building.

While on her way out she scolded the boy, saying it was his fault she was removed.

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One of the boy's parents-to-be is Louis van Amstel, is a former dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." "It's absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did," he told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We were livid. It's 2019 and this is a public school."

The boy told his parents-to-be he didn't speak up in the classroom because their final adoption hearing is December 19 and he didn't want to do anything that would interfere.

He had already been through two failed adoptions and didn't want it to happen again.

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A spokesperson for the Alpine School District didn't go into detail about the situation but praised the students who spoke out.

"Fellow students saw a need, and they were able to offer support," David Stephenson said. "It's awesome what happened as far as those girls coming forward."

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He also said that "appropriate action has been taken" with the substitute teacher.

"We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously," Kelly Services, the school the contracts out substitute teachers for the district, said in a statement. "We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We're looking into this situation."

After the incident made the news, the soon-to-be adoptive parents' home was covered in paper hearts that said, "We love you" and "We support you."

Religion is supposed to make us better people.

But what have here is clearly a situation where a woman's judgement about what is good and right was clouded by bigoted dogma. She was more bothered by the idea of two men loving each other than the act of pure love they committed when choosing to adopt a child.