It may have come out in what feels like a bygone age of a forgotten world (the pre-pandemic one), but that hasn't stopped CATS enthusiasts from trying to get to the bottom of that utterly bonkers cinematic marvel, absorbing every syllable written and spoken about the film like it's precious oxygen.
And now, we have some words straight from the mouth of the film's elder stateswoman, Old Deuteronomy herself, Dame Judi Dench.
She shared some of her CATS thoughts in this month's British Vogue, and we're hanging on every word.
Dame Judi isn't just an interview subject in the latest issue, she's also the cover star, looking absolutely smashing at 85.
i just want to say THANK YOU to whoever decided to put Dame Judi Dench on the british vogue cover https://t.co/9OgAE5htaK— Babs 🌙 (@Babs 🌙) 1588624155.0
And while her interview is nominally about "Life, Love and Quarantine," according to the cover, Dame Judi also gets down to brass tacks about the movie that broke all our brains last December.
As the writer of the Vogue profile, Giles Hattersley, puts it, Dench "visibly prickles at [the film's] mention" and proceeds to not mince words:
"The cloak I was made to wear! Like five foxes f**king on my back."
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Ooh, let 'em know, Dame Judi!
And while she admittedly hasn't seen the finished film yet, she has seen what she looked like therein, and it's safe to say she is not having it.
"She'd hoped she would look rather elegant. Instead: 'A battered, mangy old cat,' she says, appalled. 'A great big orange bruiser. What's that about?'"
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Can we get a show that is just Dame Judi Dench dragging things? It would be worth every penny.
But even without these epic CATS-related pull quotes, this British Vogue profile would have been groundbreaking.
At 85 years old, Dame Judi is the oldest person to appear on the cover in history. And if you think she has any plans of slowing down any time soon, she's got some choice words for you, too.
When writer Hattersley invokes the "r-word"—retirement—Dench is crystal clear.
"No, no, no, no. Don't use that word, Giles. Not in this house. Not here. Wash your mouth out!"
And judging from all the love being shown on social media, that's exactly what everyone wants to hear.
What a woman. https://t.co/Ref3fI6EzU— Scott Matthewman 🇪🇺 (@Scott Matthewman 🇪🇺) 1588627323.0
Yes! It's about time we started celebrating fabulous older women #celebrate #JudiDench @BritishVogue https://t.co/OYS8F19vjy— Dr Abbie Bentley (@Dr Abbie Bentley) 1588668302.0
If Dame Judi were on the cover every month, I would subscribe. https://t.co/FHsbXkpzcb— Bunny Blumschaefter (@Bunny Blumschaefter) 1588678529.0
Why isn't Dame Judi Dench Prime Minister yet? https://t.co/3ZNFaqGIOQ— Adam Jogee (@Adam Jogee) 1588627505.0
@guardian It's great that they didn't airbrush & photoshop her into a lineless Hollywood plastic forever-Barbie too - viva Judi Dench.— Ruth R (@Ruth R) 1588630917.0
She has style in spades so it makes perfect sense. Respect @BritishVogue 👏 #buyingit #vogue #JudiDench https://t.co/aZPHGhL0mR— Gabrielle Curtis (@Gabrielle Curtis) 1588630261.0
A Vogue cover girl at the age of 85. The incomparable Dame Judi Dench. 🌟🌟🌟 https://t.co/pMWWSImlUA— Makho Ndlovu (@Makho Ndlovu) 1588609292.0
Dame Judi Dench the oldest Vogue cover at the age of 85 😍😍😍 Idk whoever thought this would be good idea , they were… https://t.co/m4UXhjgC0g— Olivia Colman’s Blonde Hair (@Olivia Colman’s Blonde Hair) 1588670040.0
#JudiDench, 85, has become the oldest women to ever appear on British Vogue's cover in its 104-year history. Love h… https://t.co/lEPBQeUgoP— Candace Jordan (@Candace Jordan) 1588693918.0
At 85 Judi Dench is still a sex symbol... She betta werrrk!! #vogue https://t.co/wJWH8S33dY— christopher (@christopher) 1588684111.0
Go on, Judi. 🙌— LADbible (@LADbible) 1588660440.0
Rodgers and Hammerstein said it best:
There's nothing like a dame!