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Dame Judi Dench likes to keep it real, and she’s making no exceptions when it comes to the Cats movie.

The all-star adaptation of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s long-running stage musical became one of 2018’s most talked-about movies, mainly for its controversial use of so-called “digital fur technology” to transform actors including Dame Judi, Idris Elba, Sir Ian McKellen, and Jennifer Hudson into unusual-looking human-feline hybrids.

In a new interview, the actress admitted she wasn’t too thrilled by her appearance in the movie, saying she looked like “a battered, mangy old cat” and “a great big orange bruiser,” then adding drolly: “What’s that about?”

She also said her heavy costume was uncomfortable to film in a very cheeky way that is definitely “NSFW.”

Dame Judi shared her thoughts on Cats in a new, history-making interview for British Vogue. At 85, she’s the magazine’s oldest ever cover star.

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Introducing the June 2020 issue of #BritishVogue where Dame Judi Dench, at 85, makes history as the oldest person ever to star on the cover of Vogue. Before the coronavirus pandemic forced the world into lockdown, @GilesHattersley visited her home in deepest Surrey to discuss everything from why retirement is completely out of the question, to how she has become a social media phenomenon – without being on social media herself. Click the link in bio to read the interview and see the full story in the new issue, on newsstands and available for digital download on Thursday 7 May. #JudiDench wears a trench coat by @DolceGabbana. Photographed by @Nick_Knight and styled by @KPhelan123, with hair by @SamMcKnight1, make-up by @TheValGarland, nails by @MikePocock and set design by @TomoTattle.

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During the interview, Dame Judi also dismissed suggestions she might be contemplating retirement, telling Vogue journalist Giles Hattersley: “No, no, no, no. Don’t use that word, Giles. Not in this house. Not here. Wash your mouth out!”

Never change, Dame Judi.

Earlier this month, the multi-award-winning actress became an unexpected Tik Tok sensation after her grandson shared her slick dance moves on the youth social media platform.

Do you agree with Dame Judi’s verdict on her Cats look?

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By Nick Levine