Tina Fey recently noted Fox's insurmountable SexyFactor, but perhaps Tina, for all her wisdom, was wrong. Dame Mirren, 64, is currently enjoying a 59-41 advantage over Fox, 23.
Over the weekend, apparently, that margin was even wider. Grassroots support among Esquire's base or evidence of Jezebel commenters' ballot-stuffing? Who knows. But it is awesome.
Esquire caught up with Mirren for a quick Q&A, in which she said, "I was surprised and flattered to be included at all. Personally I think Ms. Fox is one of the smartest, coolest, and sexiest creatures in the Western Hemisphere. I am gobsmacked." She added, "Sometimes the veterans have a way of surprising you - think Brett Favre."
And there was this:
ESQ: Do you think it's your free-throw percentage that's gotten you this far?
HM: It is more the fouls that I have gotten away with.
Hot and funny! As if we needed more reasons to root for her for the cover.