Actress Helen Mirren has been outspoken against President Donald Trump, and now she's taking aim at the women close to him.
“You look at old Mel there, and she is one of the most powerful women in the world because she could take him down," said Mirren in an interview with Allure, referring to first lady Melania Trump.
“She almost did that with the hand,” she added, referring to the time when Melania was caught famously swatting away the president's hand.
It happened in may on the couple's trip to Israel. Upon landing in Tel Aviv, the Trumps received a formal welcoming ceremony headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara. As the Trumps and the Netanyahus walked the red carpet following, the president reached for Melania's hand, but she swatted it away with a visible flick of her wrist.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz declared the incident "embarrassing," posting a slow motion clip of the scene on its Twitter account, which was subsequently retweeted 30,000 times, as CNN reported at the time.
Mirren also had some words about the president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, saying she "talks a good game, but there’s no substance."
She was especially critical of Ivanka's book, "Women Who Work," describing it as "ignorant about how the majority of women live."
In the book, Ivanka describes what it's like to be a working mother, as summarized by The Guardian. As an example, she points to the hardship she faced while her father was running for president:
“During extremely high-capacity times, like during the campaign, I went into survival mode: I worked and I was with my family; I didn’t do much else. Honestly, I wasn’t treating myself to a massage or making much time for self-care. I wish I could have awoken early to meditate for twenty minutes.”
Mirren's criticism of the president himself is exemplified by her May commencement address at Tulane University in New Orleans, observes Vanity Fair.
"Whether you’re in the French Quarter or the Oval Office, no good can ever come from tweeting at 3 A.M.,” she advised.
“It’s a necessity if we -- and really by ‘we’ I mean you guys -- are to move us forward and not backward into ignorance and fearful jealousy,” she added, before closing with remarks on the health care debate. “Never again allow a group of old, rather grumpy, rich white men define the health care of a country that is 50.8 percent women and 37 percent other races.”
Mirren's career began with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1960s, as documented by IMDb. As a movie star, she is most famous for her portrayals of queens, having done so in six films, winning an Academy Award in 2006 for playing Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen."