Mirren credits husband for her belief in relationships

Actress Helen Mirren has revealed that her director husband Taylor Hackford helped her to change her perspective on relationships.

The happily married director and 68-year-old actress got together in their late 30s and waited 13 years to wed on New Year’s Eve 1997, reported People magazine.

“Before I met Taylor, all my relationships took second place to my work. If I had to go to Africa, it was ‘Bye-bye, I’m off to Africa.’ And then he came into my life, and I started thinking, ‘Maybe it’s time to have a different attitude – and to say that my relationship is at least as important as my work.’ To give it the time,” she said.

The ‘Queen’ star said she often used to complain to her husband for not meeting her in life earlier.

“I used to say to Taylor, ‘I wish we’d met earlier on. We’ve missed so much time together’. And he’d say, ‘We’d never be together now if we met earlier,’ ” she said.

“And I think he’s actually right because we were both on a trajectory of work and ambition and, of course, to a certain extent, wanting to resolve ourselves as ourselves,” she added.

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July 14, 2014 by KirstyArticles


Oscar Winner Helen Mirren Will Star in Peter Morgan’s The Audience on Broadway in 2015

Her Majesty is coming to Broadway! As previously speculated, Oscar winner Helen Mirren, who reprised the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the acclaimed 2013 West End production of The Audience, will star in a New York mounting of Peter Morgan’s new play. The Daily Mail reports that Mirren has confirmed that she will begin rehearsals in mid-January next year, with the show starting previews in February. The drama will officially open at a Shubert theater to be confirmed in March.

The Audience follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. For 50 years the Queen has sat with all of England’s Prime Ministers for private, weekly meetings at Buckingham Palace. The Audience breaks the silence on these highly secretive meetings. Morgan is apparently contemplating adding Tony Blair, who didn’t feature in London, to the New York line-up.

Morgan wrote the screenplay for the hit 2006 film The Queen, which also starred Mirren as Elizabeth II; her performance won her the Academy Award. She earned Tony nominations for A Month in the Country and Dance of Death. Mirren’s London theater credits include Teeth ‘n’ Smiles, The Seagull, Henry VI, The Roaring Girl, Two Way Mirror and Some Kind of Love Story. Her additional film and TV credits include The Debt, Excalibur, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Frasier and a cameo as Becky’s Inner Voice on Glee.

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July 10, 2014 by KirstyArticles


Helen Mirren Cuts Her Own Hair

Dame Helen Mirren could afford some of the best hairdressers in the world but she still cuts her own hair.

The award-winning 68-year-old actress hates sitting in the hairdresser’s chair for hours on end and prefers to give her locks a quick snip with her kitchen scissors before a big event instead.

She told the August issue of Redbook magazine: “I can’t handle going to the hairdresser every six weeks, so I only go about once a year. In between, I get out the scissors and do something, usually rather disastrously. Sometimes I’ll even chop my hair the morning of a big red carpet event.”

‘The Queen’ star’s go-to beauty look is red lips with a pared down base because she finds she can no longer pull off heavy make-up.

Helen said: “I wear make-up every day. I love putting it on, and I get really into it: a little bit of this here, and little bit of that there. But then I stand back and look into the mirror and it’s awful!

“So I take it all off because I’ve gotten too anal about it. It’s absolutely true that as you get older, you have to wear less and less make-up.

“You can get away with naked eyes if you’ve got red lips. Or red lips and sunglasses!”

The British icon has always envied French women’s inherent sense of style and claims their perfectly-groomed looks leave her feeling “inferior”.

She added: “As a Brit, we’ve always looked to the French and [wondered], ‘Why do they never look untidy?’ We’ve got a terrific inferiority complex when it comes to them.”

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July 10, 2014 by KirstyArticles


Mirren wants to work with Maggie Smith

Dame Helen Mirren wants to work with Dame Maggie Smith.

The veteran 68-year-old actress would love to work with her fellow British screen icon because her one career regret is that she hasn’t been able to star opposite some of the best actresses of her generation.

She explained: “There are so many great directors and actors that I’d still like to work with, I don’t know where to start. It’s one of the regrets of the year I was born into that I had so little opportunity to work with actresses, with the wonderful exception of ‘Calendar Girls’.

“I’d still really love to work with Maggie Smith. And as for directors I’d love to work with Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese.”

Helen didn’t hesitate when she was asked about her ideal male co-stars, replying: “Oh, Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio, and that’s just for starters!”

The Oscar-winning ‘The Queen’ actress has been married to American director Taylor Hackford for 17 years and divides her time between London and Los Angeles and loves being in both cities.

She told Britain’s GLAMOUR magazine: “I miss my family when I’m here because most of them live in LA. But I love the street life of London, the markets, the architecture and the weather. I really love the grey clouds of London!

“And of course the street fashion, especially school kids and what they do with their hair and uniforms.”

Helen aspires to be cast in an historical biopic about Russia’s longest-ruling female leader, Catherine the Great.

She enthused: “I’d love to play Catherine the Great of Russia. In an historically accurate version. Not least because I wouldn’t have to diet!”

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June 10, 2014 by KirstyArticles


Mirren wins Icon award at Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Dame Helen Mirren received the Icon award at the Glamour Women of the Year ceremony, honoured not just for her acting talents but as “someone we’re absolutely desperate to get drunk with at a party”.

The 68-year-old Oscar-winner gave an entertaining acceptance speech in which she declared that turning 70 was going to be “f—— awesome”.

“There are a lot of really young women here who are very beautiful, incredibly talented, and I salute you and respect you all. I’m so proud to be a member of your sex,” she said.

“Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is f—— awesome. I’m not quite there yet, but almost.”

The award was presented by Dame Helen’s latest co-star, Ryan Reynolds, who dubbed her the “Dame of Thrones”.

The pair are currently filming Woman In Gold, the true story of a Jewish woman who fought to retrieve her family’s Gustav Klimt paintings after they were stolen by the Nazis.

Presenting Dame Helen with the Glamour Icon award, Reynolds joked: “For most actors, painstaking preparation involves nothing more than spray tan and a big pile of coke. But this next honoree has shown me that those things just aren’t as important as I’d previously thought.”

Listing Dame Helen’s various award-winning roles, Reynolds continued: “The term ‘national treasure’ is bandied around a lot but, in the case of this stage and screen legend, it’s absolutely deserved.

“She brings grace and fierce talent to her roles and leaves a trail of critical acclaim in her wake.

“She’s also someone we’re absolutely desperate to get drunk with at a party.”

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June 03, 2014 by KirstyArticles


Mirren ‘Vaguely Embarrassed’ By Sex Symbol Status

At 68-years-old, Helen Mirren is still widely regarded as a sex symbol, a fact which the Calendar Girls star finds absolutely baffling. “Oh, they’re not thinking straight,” she says of her admirers in the new issue of AARP. According to Mirren, what these people fail to recognize is that one’s sex appeal “becomes less relevant with age, which is a good thing. Everything changes as we get older, and we have to applaud that fact, don’t we?”

Mirren’s husband, on the other hand, is not at all baffled by her enduring sex appeal. “It’s a function of her mind-set,” says director Taylor Hackford, who met Mirren on the set of White Nights in 1984 and married her in 1997. “Helen has an innate sense of who she is, and a confidence and directness. She doesn’t play it safe. What’s sexy is how she is in the world even more than how she looks, though she certainly looks beautiful.”

That confidence was on full display when Mirren accepted Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding award earlier this year and, during a game of charades, twerked in front of the auditorium full of students. “Oh, God, I thought that was going to be the end of me,” she says looking back on the event.

Another reason for Mirren’s enduring sex appeal has to do with her choice of roles. In particular, her roles in Caligula, Excalibur, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Calendar Girls, none of which required much in the way of wardrobe. But while these movies remain fan favourites, Mirren isn’t quite as enthusiastic, admitting that she feels “vaguely embarrassed” about all of the attention her nude scenes have received.

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May 30, 2014 by KirstyArticles


Mirren talks Twitter, her Legacy and Marriage

Dame Helen Mirren has likened Twitter to a “stinky old pub”.

The legendary British actress has been in the movie industry for more than 45 years, and is still one of the most bankable names in Hollywood.

Despite still being very much in demand, Helen has never bowed to the peer pressure of starting up profiles on popular social media sites.

“It reminds me of a stinky old pub. In the corner would be this slightly disgusting old man who sits there all day, every day. If you went up and talked to him, you’d get the kind of grumpy, horrible, mouldy, old meaningless s**t that you read on Twitter,” she sighed to AARP The Magazine.

London born Helen currently has three new movies in the pipeline, including Eye in the Sky opposite Aaron Paul and fellow Brit Colin Firth.

With such a varied and lustrous career to look back over, 68-year-old Helen took a moment to consider the legacy she hopes to leave behind. “I’d like to be remembered as a productive person and someone who at least did no harm. And certainly as a great artist, because that’s been my primary motivating force. And also, as a nice person – though I’m sure a lot of people don’t think I’m nice!” she laughed.

On the subject of family, Helen, who has no children, says she doesn’t have any regrets. She married director Taylor Hackford in 1997, after more than 20 years of courtship. “I never felt the need for a child and never felt the loss of it. I’d always put my work before anything,” she revealed. “I pursued the kind of career that I wanted to pursue which was not to do with fame and fortune. I was a pretty successful actress… but didn’t become a household name because the kind of material I did was quite esoteric.”

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May 29, 2014 by KirstyArticles


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