WHAT A DAME

Real-Life Philomena Is a Class Act

philomenadench

The new Judi Dench/Steve Coogan film Philomena receives accolades wherever it screens, and the story gets sweeter with the real-life woman behind Dench’s character. Philomena Lee (pictured above with Dame Judi) recently popped up in the L.A. Times, exuding every bit of loveliness you’d want from an 80-year-old Irish woman experiencing her life play out on the silver screen.

It can’t be an easy story to relive — Lee was forced to give up her young son as a young unmarried girl, and 50 years later teamed up with journalist Martin Sixsmith (played by Coogan) to discover his fate. Here are a few highlights from the interview, in which she comes off as quite the Dame herself.

On coming forward with her story:

“I said to Martin at the time, there are so many people like myself in Ireland, I was hoping that in telling my story I’d help them.”

“…now it’s being debated so much in Ireland, everybody is coming out and talking about it. I feel as if I may have encouraged other women to trace their families.”

On Steve Coogan’s brand of comedy:

“Oh, I know him…But he’s more a younger people’s thing…I like the older-type comedy.”

On being portrayed by the incomparable Judi Dench:

“Oh, what can I say about that one? I could not believe it.  A lady like that playing little old me…And just such a lovely lady.”

Check out the rest of the interview from the LA Times and look for Philomena currently in limited release and in theaters nationwide November 27.

Get Queerty Daily

Subscribe to Queerty for a daily dose of #damejudidench #philomena4 stories and more

One Comment

  • 2eo

    It’s just a shame they skipped over the chronic years of vicious abuse the kid with the christians.

Comments are closed.