A TEN-YEAR-OLD film buff enrolled at university a few years early to interview Dame Helen Mirren at a film premiere.
Tanvi Masrani, from Ruislip Manor, is a member of the film club at Newnham Junior School in Eastcote, where she is a pupil, and a reporter for FILMCLUB, a national education charity that helps schools set up and run film clubs.
She was selected to interview the Oscar-winning actress, who stars in the new Disney Pixar film, Monsters University.
Tanvi was whisked to King’s College London, which had been transformed into the American campus attended by the film’s monsters.
She interviewed the film’s director and writer Dan Scanlon, and producer Kori Rae, and then quizzed the British star about voicing the character of Dean Hardscrabble.
“Meeting Dame Helen Mirren was really exciting,” said Tanvi. “I asked her ‘was it difficult to get into character?’
“I’m most excited to show the photo to my mum because she loves Helen Mirren.”
Dame Helen, who complimented Tanvi on her Monsters University-themed headgear, told her: “It’s always great to have a wonderful director.
“They allow you to experiment and do different things and eventually the character that appears is really a combination of the actor working with the director, and then of course the animators, who are incredibly creative people who come in and visualise it.”