Helen Mirren performed as Elizabeth I during celebration for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinun Jubilee yesterday at Home Park in Windsor, England. Enjoy the photos I added to the gallery.
I added several photos to different movie productions from the 70s Helen Mirren played into.
I added to the gallery HQ scans of Helen Mirren cover for People USA, enjoy!
When Dame Helen Mirren learned she’d been chosen as the cover star of PEOPLE’s 2022 Beautiful Issue, “I was absolutely sort of gobstruck, as we say in England. I never considered myself ‘beautiful.’ And [at] my age! So I was amazed,” the Oscar winner, 76, says.
It’s not a false play at modesty, she makes clear: “Don’t get me wrong — I love beauty and I love looking at beautiful things. But I don’t like the word beauty [as it’s] associated with the beauty industry—makeup and products, skincare and all the rest of it — because I think it excludes the vast majority of us who are not beautiful.”
“There are incredibly beautiful people in the world, and it’s an absolute delight to look at them, male or female. Beautiful people are a wonder to behold,” adds the actress, who has been L’Oreal Paris spokesperson since 2014. “But most of us are not beautiful. We have other stuff, which is just as powerful as beauty. And I would like to see us celebrate those things … I love the word swagger because I think swagger means I’m confident in myself, I’m presenting myself to the world, I’m enjoying the world around me. I think what is called the beauty industry should be called the swagger industry. We’re giving people swagger.”
Mirren has built up plenty of swagger in her life and career, which includes more than 140 credits over 55 years. The Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient has several films out this year, including The Duke, Golda, Shazam! Fury of the Gods and White Bird: A Wonder Story, but says she still gets nervous before starting a new project.
“I get very nervous about the day-to-day process. And meeting and dealing with new people. And not knowing whether I am going to remember my lines or not,” she tells PEOPLE. “I just get very frightened until I get into the swing of things and then I kind of relax.” She sleeps easier when a film wraps. “Once it’s done I’m not nervous, because it’s done, you can’t pull it back,” she says. “It’s the doing of it that I get nervous about.” (Though she still doesn’t read film reviews—good or bad.)
While she admits “you have to continue working on yourself to a certain extent,” the best salve for her fears has been time. “Simple really: Getting older. It happens. Other people call it growing older, but I call it growing up,” she says. “And one of the advantages is that you literally get to be wiser. Life is a constant process of learning.”
For the record, she has plenty of costars and famous fans who attest to her beauty.
“What makes Dame Helen Mirren so beautiful? I’ll tell you,” Vin Diesel tells PEOPLE. “She has a charisma that is timeless. She has looks to kill and always has. She has a jovial spirit. But I think the thing that is most attractive about Dame Helen Mirren is the way she makes you feel. She always makes you feel appreciated and loved. And for that, I Iove her forever.”
Check out the video interview of Helen Mirren for The Beautiful Issue of People USA.
The gallery has been updated with a few photos of Helen Mirren during yesterday’s CinemaCon event.
Helen Mirren, filmdom’s perennial majesty, arrived at Andrew Saffir’s exclusive movie preview. She plays queens. He does screenings. She’s in Sony Pictures Classics’ newie “The Duke.” His Cinema Society showed it at the Tribeca screening room.
“We were unbelievably lucky,” she told me. “We shot this movie in England. It’s where the film takes place. Happens we were absolutely done, over, completely all finished, exactly two weeks before what then became a two-year lockdown in England.
“After that, like everyone else, I was locked at home. During the pandemic, it was first time since 1984 my husband and I stayed home. Alone. Just we two. Not one or another of us off doing something. Anything. We just had a normal home life. Wonderful. For once we lived like everyday other people. We stayed home, we made dinners and we improved our Italian lessons because we have a house in Italy.
“This movie ‘The Duke’ is a 1961 true story. It’s about a 60-year-old Brit taxi driver who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington in London’s National Gallery in London.”
Helen Mirren arrived exactly 7 p.m. sharp. Hair, each strand perfect. Makeup exact. High heels. She looked stunning. Dress Carolina Herrera, cape Valentino. She wore it all just long enough to put it back on a hanger and return next day.
Said the rogue’s real grandson Christopher: “My screenplay was optioned. It was a famous heist. People purchased the rights and the story’s surreal. It’s like coming from humble beginnings, like from poverty, then seeing this whole famous heist story unfold.”
Dame Helen Mirren is a whiz at Wordle.
“I’ve just discovered it, I love it,” she enthused to Page Six exclusively at a special screening of her upcoming movie “The Duke” Tuesday night at The Tribeca Screening Room.
The Oscar-winning legend divulged that she “quite often” solves the daily word game in three attempts, “but it takes me a long time to get there.”
Last year, Mirren revealed that she also exercises her brain by taking Italian classes.
“I’ve been trying to learn Italian … tiny bit by tiny bit, poco poco,” she told The Post.
The actress, 76, is currently promoting “The Duke,” which also stars Jim Broadbent. It tells the true story of Kempton Bunton, a disabled British pensioner who stole Francisco Goya’s painting “Portrait of the Duke of Wellington” from the National Gallery in London in 1961.
“It is utterly charming,” she told Page Six. “That’s why it is so nice to go out and talk about it because, you know, absolutely hands-down everyone is going to love it.
“It has that quality, it’s just very human, it’s funny but has its core of tragedy in it. It had to have come from real life because you can’t invent this sort of stuff, can you?”
“So many people are saying it’s the perfect film for this moment in time of people coming out of COVID and that wasn’t calculated but it is true,” the “F9” actress added. “I hate the term ‘feel-good movie’ because it’s not that, but it does make you feel good.”
Mirren laughingly explained that she hates the overused term because it sounds treacly “and it minimizes what it is because I think it’s much more than that.”
Also in attendance at the Cinema Society screening were Jennifer Beals, Lorraine Bracco, Padma Lakshmi, Kathleen Turner, and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker.
Take a look in the gallery for a few photos of Helen Mirren at yesterday’s screening Of “The Duke”.
The acting great reflects on her career so far.
“Thank you for letting me burble on about my career,” Helen Mirren laughs self-deprecatingly, after looking back on her glittering body of work in the latest instalment of our video series, How I Got Here.
Of course, the pleasure is all ours. As one of the most lauded, critically acclaimed and celebrated British actresses of the last century, her fans and peers alike remain fascinated and in awe of her five-decade long career spanning film, theatre and television.
This was evident just recently at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild awards in February, at which Mirren was given the Life Achievement Award – voted for by her fellow actors – presented to her by Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet.
Mirren was inspired to become an actress after watching a local production of Hamlet as a teenager. “I’m sure the production was terrible, but Shakespeare, the story of Hamlet… it was a thriller to me,” she tells us. “I went back home and we had this huge book of Shakespeare. I went through it looking for characters I responded to. That was what led me into wanting to become an actress.”
The early years of Mirren’s career were devoted to the stage, but that all changed when she was cast as the lead role of DCI Jane Tennison in the 1991 television series Prime Suspect. She continued to star in the series for 15 years, winning numerous BAFTAs and Emmys in the process.
“I was very lucky that Prime Suspect was such an iconic moment in television,” Mirren recalls. “In general, in the presentation of women on screen. Culturally, it was quite an important moment. It was a role that transformed how people looked at me at that time.’“
A decade later and Mirren had added an Oscar, a Golden Globe and another BAFTA to her collection for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, which dramatised the monarch’s response to the death of the late Princess Diana in 1997.
“The relationship the British people have with the monarchy is a very complex relationship emotionally; great love, great respect. So if you’re stepping into that role you’re putting your head above the parapet, so to speak,” says Mirren.
Her latest project is the thoroughly British film, The Duke, inspired by the true story of Kempton Bunton (played by Jim Broadbent, Mirren plays Bunton’s wife Dorothy) who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London in 1961 to campaign for the government to invest more in care for the elderly, including making television services free for pensioners.
“I like to think that The Duke has a particular type of Britishness about it. I would love to see it move into a beloved British film in the way that the Ealing comedies have become,” says Mirren.
The gallery has been updated with a few photos of Helen Mirren at the Roundabout Theatre Company Gala. Enjoy!