Helen Mirren says Hollywood is going through a ‘volcanic explosion of change’ on Lorraine

Aimée Grant Cumberbatch

Helen Mirren has said she feels that Hollywood is going through a "volcanic explosion" of change at the moment.

The actress was speaking during an interview on ITV chat show Lorraine, when she shared her thoughts on the film industry in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Asked if she thought Hollywood had reached a tipping point by host Lorraine Kelly, she responded: “Yes, I think of it more of a volcanic explosion than a tipping point. Finally the magma is exploding and it’s flowing down the side of a hill. I think it’s about time really.”

She went on to reveal that she thinks change has "taken too long" to arrive.

'Volcanic explosion': Helen Mirren has shared her thoughts on change in the movie industry (Rex Features)

“It has come a long way but not nearly far enough in my opinion and it’s taken too long. I was feeling and thinking those thoughts while I was in my teens and early 20s so I don’t know why it’s taken so long.

“That is changing but not fast enough.”

Mirren also opened up on her self-confidence issues and her role in the Prince’s Trust initiative to help Young People boost theirs.

“I think it’s also a question of confidence and self-confidence is such a difficult thing to find. It’s a feeling of a lack of self-worth maybe and I think women in particular maybe suffer from this," she said.

The Queen star also ruled out a return to playing royalty in the upcoming series of Netflix drama The Crown.

“Well I know the makers of that. But no, no that’s not for me. I have done and it’s time to move on. [The Queen] was a great thing to be involved in and I’m extremely proud," she commented.

Lorraine continues weekdays at 8.30am on ITV.