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Helen Mirren: ‘I’ve always had a secret desire to be a French actress’


Playing Madame Mallory, a haughty restaurateur in Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey, was a chance for Mirren to indulge her love of France and its food.

Helen Mirren has been famous for 40 years now. In the compressed timeline of modern celebrity, that feels like an eternity: it’s one thing to achieve fame, but quite another to hold on to it, especially while keeping it manageable and at arm’s length from a civilised private life.
Yet Mirren does all of that, if not effortlessly, then with understated grace, and without apparent calculation. Unquestionably she is still at the top of her game; at 69, she is a bigger name now than she has ever been.
In her time she has won an Oscar, four Baftas, four Emmys and an Olivier, not to mention 17 further nominations from those award bodies. This year’s televised presentation of a Bafta Fellowship to her (by Prince William) also confirmed her as an industry ambassador with heft and influence.
Nor does her career offer the cosy shorthand recognition of typecasting. True, she has played real queens in her time (including Elizabeths I and II), classical stage roles (Phaedra, Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth), and she has repeatedly returned to play Jane Tennison in the television series Prime Suspect over a 15-year period.

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  posted on Aug 23, 2014
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Helen Mirren: I Got ‘Queenitis’ When I Met the Real Queen


Even to Oprah Winfrey, Helen Mirren is kind of a big deal.

The mogul refers to the Oscar winner as “The Helen” and couldn’t think of anyone better-suited to play the starring role in The Hundred-Foot Journey, which hits theaters Aug. 8 and features Mirren as the haughty head of an upscale French restaurant suddenly facing competition from an Indian eatery opening across the street.

“It was [fellow producer] Steven [Spielberg] … who said, ‘I think we should ask Helen.’ I said, ‘The Helen?’ And then we all held our breath to see if you’d say yes,” Winfrey told Mirren while interviewing her for the August issue of O Magazine. “When you did, we sighed and said, ‘Now we have a movie!’ ”

Mirren, 68, has been pivotal to many movies in her nearly 50-year career, most notably in 2006, when she played Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, which earned her an Academy Award.

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  posted on Jul 13, 2014
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Helen Mirren Found the Right Work-Relationship Balance, Eventually


Helen Mirren met director Taylor Hackford on the set of the 1985 “White Nights.”

The timing wasn’t ideal, she thought — though she has since reconsidered.

“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.’ And I think he’s actually right,” she told Oprah Winfrey in O Magazine.

“We were both on a trajectory of work and ambition and, of course, to a certain extent, wanting to resolve ourselves as ourselves.”

Mirren, 68, who married Hackford in 1997, said that prior to meeting him, she was seriously committed to her work. Relationships weren’t nearly as important.

“If I had to go to Africa, it was ‘Bye-bye, I’m off to Africa,'” she recalled. “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.”

Of course, her career hardly suffered. In 2007, Mirren won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth in “The Queen,” an experience she called “one of those amazing, magical moments that came out of the blue.”

“Years ago, there used to be an ad in England for the lottery that featured an ordinary family going about their life and this big, sparkly finger coming out of the sky and pointing in through the window as if to say, ‘It could be you, winning the lottery.’ I feel that way about the Oscar. It was a big finger that came out of the sky and said, ‘It’s you.'” she said.

“You witness in your life so many talented people who deserve the greatest success but are not getting it for all kinds of reasons. So much of it is hard work, but it’s a lottery as well.”


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  posted on Jul 12, 2014
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Remember That Shot of Helen Mirren in a Bikini? Here’s Her Secret


She turns 69 this summer, looking absurdly fresh-faced and beautiful. The actress told us all about cutting her own hair, drugstore discoveries, and the secret to extraordinary lashes.

REDBOOK: In your new film, The Hundred-Foot Journey, you play Madame Mallory, a celebrated French chef. She’s very fastidious, not a hair out of place. Are you that way too?
Helen Mirren: Oh, God, she’s so not close to me. As a Brit, we’ve always looked at the French and [wondered], Why do they never look untidy? We’ve got a terrific inferiority complex when it comes to them.

RB: Movie characters aside, what’s your beauty routine?
HM: I don’t have one, quite honestly. I don’t really know what a beauty routine is. But I love beauty products, and I’m always trying new ones. One thing I consistently use is Latisse [the prescription lash-growth serum]. It really works, and if your eyelashes look great, you can let a lot of other things be crap.

RB: Ha! So you don’t normally wear makeup, then?
HM: Oh, no, I wear makeup every day. I love putting it on, and I get really into it: a little bit of this here, a little bit of that there… But then I stand back and look in 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 makeup. You can get away with naked eyes if you’ve got red lips. Or red lips and sunglasses.

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  posted on Jul 04, 2014
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Glamour Women of the Year: Dame Helen Mirren wins Icon award


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.”
The awards ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton in London’s Berkeley Square Gardens.
Davina McCall won the Hero award for her Sport Relief feat – a 500-mile endurance event in which she ran, swam and cycled from Edinburgh to London over seven gruelling days.
Emma Willis, presenter of BBC show The Voice, won the TV Personality award, while the Radio Personality award went to Fearne Cotton.
Helen Fielding won the Writer award for reviving her comic creation, Bridget Jones.
There were accolades for a current Doctor Who companion – Jenna Coleman as UK TV Actress of the Year – and one of her predecessors, Billie Piper, who was named best Theatre Actress.
Sam Claflin, star of The Hunger Games, was named Man of the Year.
Nicole Kidman won the Outstanding Contribution award and was the only winner unable to attend, instead sending a video message of thanks.


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  posted on Jun 04, 2014
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Helen Mirren Cooks in the First Trailer for ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’


Dame Helen Mirren is cool as a cucumber as a fancy French restaurant owner named Madame Mallory in ” The Hundred-Foot Journey.” Her Michelin-approved restaurant and her uptight life get a shake-up when an Indian family moves into the neighborhood and starts their own restaurant… a hundred feet away.

The patriarch of the Kadam family, played by Om Puri, is certainly game for a grand battle between Madame Mallory’s Le Saule Pleureur; he can dish it out as well as he can take it. His son Hassan (Manish Dayal) is a chef in the great family tradition, but his interest in combining the two cuisines is piqued by his new neighbors. Oh, and Madame Mallory’s delicious sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). It looks quite charmant, n’est ce pas?

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” has quite a filmmaking team behind it. Lasse Hallström, who is no stranger to sexy food onscreen a la “Chocolat,” is directing, and Steven Knight (“Locke,” “Eastern Promises”) adapted the script from the best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais. If that wasn’t enough to whet your whistle, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are producers. Oprah! What more do you want?

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” hits theaters on August 8, which is generally a darn good time for releasing big films targeted to a female audience. Previous late-summer offerings include “Eat Pray Love,” “Julie & Julia,” “Mamma Mia!,” and “Hope Springs.” Coincidentally, all but one of those star Meryl Streep, although we’re happy to see Mirren back in action.


  posted by Claudia
  posted on May 14, 2014
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