The 72-year-old star said she couldn’t specifically identify with the innumerable ladies mishandled in Hollywood on the grounds that when she came to Hollywood she was at that point in her 30s – yet she admitted being casualty to lewd behavior when she was more youthful.

“It doesn’t happen to you unless you’re really young and that’s a whole reality that is nature that should be unpicked – or maybe it’s not nature; it’s cultural as well”.

Mirren was surprised and amused by the story, insisting Neeson had never previously shared this with her. “And Ciarán is my oldest friend, and we both went, ‘F-.’ So I was smitten, and then Ciarán was smitten too”.

“When I was between 16 and 23, 24, men would expose themselves to me, often”.

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