Friday 9 December 2016

Helen Mirren has the best response when people ask her about ageing

Published 30/11/2016 | 09:32

British actress Helen Mirren poses during a photocall ahead of a gala dinner held for the international launch of the 2017 Pirelli calendar, at the Cite du Cinema in Saint-Denis north of Paris, on November 29, 2016.
British actress Helen Mirren poses during a photocall ahead of a gala dinner held for the international launch of the 2017 Pirelli calendar, at the Cite du Cinema in Saint-Denis north of Paris, on November 29, 2016.
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British actress Helen Mirren smiles during the presentation of the 2017 Pirelli calendar in Paris on November 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERGERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images
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Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren arrives at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Director Taylor Hackford and actress Helen Mirren attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 8th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Honoree Helen Mirren attends the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images )
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Helen Mirren attends the UK premiere of "Eye In The Sky" at the Curzon Mayfair on April 11, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Actress Helen Mirren attends the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Actress Helen Mirren attends the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Helen Mirren, right, and Taylor Hackford arrive at the LA premiere of "Red 2" at the Westwood Village.
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Helen Mirren's sex symbol status isn't going anywhere.

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Ever since those iconic photos of the Oscar-winning actress (71) in a pink bikini hit the internet in 2008, Mirren has been known as the bombshell of her generation.

Every now and then a story comes out about her inspiring attitude - whether it's the resurfaced interview with Michael Parkinson from 1975 where she handles his sexist comments like an absolute boss, or pictures of her perfect subway etiquette going viral - the world can't get enough of Helen.

When asked how she feels about her bombshell status, she replied: “I think it’s probably going to follow me to my grave."

Helen Mirren arrives at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Helen Mirren arrives at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

In an interview with AARP Magazine, she said she's found comfort and motivation in the ageing process.

"The best thing about being over 70 is being over 70. Certainly when I was 45, the idea of being 70 was like 'Arghhh!' but you only have two options in life: Die young or get old. There is nothing else," she said.

"The idea of dying young when you're 25 is kind of cool—a bit romantic, like James Dean.  But then you realize that life is too much fun to do that.  It's fascinating and wonderful and emotional. So you just have to find a way of negotiating getting old psychologically and physically."

The British star, who features in the 2017 Pirelli calendar, also opened up about falling for her husband Taylor Hackford and her unconventional road to romance.

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren

"I did very consciously choose my work over my relationships right up to the time that I met Taylor. I was 38 when I met Taylor, pretty late in life." 

"We got married in the end because we realized that we were going to be together forever," she added.

"We got married, ultimately, for legal reasons more than anything else.  Estate planning and other complicated things like that.  And our families, we sensed, wanted us to be married."

Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren
Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren

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