There are plenty of swine in Hollywood, but there's only one Miss Piggy.
The porcine Diva was in Toronto Tuesday to promote Muppets Most Wanted, the new Muppet crime caper opening here Friday.
A sequel to the wildly successful 2011 film, The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted finds the gang in an international setting, embarking on a tour of grand European theatres in London, Berlin, Madrid and Dublin.
But the game is afoot: Constantine, a master criminal who looks exactly like Kermit, has insinuated himself into the company along with his evil sidekick, Number Two (Ricky Gervais). They will involve the innocent Muppets in a web of criminal activity.
Miss Piggy, who is a famous author as well as a fabulous and glamorous star of stage, radio, television and film, got her start in the chorus on a Herb Alpert special in 1974. She is now in her 40th year of showbiz.
The oinker says when it comes to bringing home the bacon — not her exact wording — she prefers the big screen to all else, "Because It's a lot less work." Filming Muppets Most Wanted, she said, involved many long days.
"Extremely long days – in my trailer. I try to do as little work as possible when I'm working," she remarked. Makes perfect sense.
Muppets Most Wanted was partly filmed in England, and when asked what she liked best about the country, Piggy drawled, "It's a toss up between the weather and the food." But she did enjoy the proximity to the Crown Jewels, which feature in the movie. "I made a little visit to see them every day. 'Hello! Mummy's here!' I told them. 'One day I'm going to wear you.'"
During the press conference Tuesday the self-centred pink porker dropped a lot of names. She talked about her feud with Joan Rivers (they scuffled at a pre-Oscar event), her relationship with Celine Dion, who turns up in Muppets Most Wanted ("I had to double for her on a couple of the high notes," Miss Piggy confided) and her rivalry with Tina Fey, who is also in the movie. Some people are star struck when they get around her, says the diva, "And others are struck by a star, if they get between moi and the camera."
Or between her and her beloved Kermit ...
"Yes! Like a certain Miss Fey! She took her role toooo seriously!"
Miss Piggy is famous for her style, "Which centres around making a statement wherever I go. The loudest statement I can make!" and she mentioned that famed designer Vivienne Westwood made some of her outfits for Muppets Most Wanted. One of those outfits is a wedding dress.
Wait a second — weren't she and Kermit already married in The Muppets Take Manhattan?
"You have to understand the difference between reality and fiction," she oinked. "This here today, this is reality. Those were MOVIES you saw before."
Added Miss P, "It will happen one day, and when it does, we'll make a documentary of it!"
Asked who would play her in a biopic, Miss Piggy answered, "Moi, of course," but when pressed to name some other ham who could portray her, she stated, "Beyonce." Of course!
Finally, did Miss Piggy know she's a gay icon?
"I am everyone's icon! I'm an icon to anyone who will have moi!" said the overstuffed star.
"I'll be the icon for journalism! How about that?"