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Helen MirrenDame Helen Lydia Mirren (born 26 July 1945), is an English actor. Mirren has won an Academy Award for Best Actress, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards. In 2003, she received a damehood for services to the performing arts at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Mirren began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the latter half of the 1960s. From her very first film appearances, Mirren displayed the overtly sensual screen persona that would become her trademark. Other early movies included O Lucky Man! (1973), The Long Good Friday (1980) and Excalibur (1981).

1. I DON’T BELIEVE THAT IF YOU DO GOOD, GOOD THINGS WILL HAPPEN. EVERYTHING IS COMPLETELY ACCIDENTAL AND RANDOM. SOMETIMES BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO VERY GOOD PEOPLE AND SOMETIMES GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD PEOPLE. BUT AT LEAST IF YOU TRY TO DO GOOD THINGS, THEN YOU’RE SPENDING YOUR TIME DOING SOMETHING WORTHWHILE.

2. IT’LL BE THE INTERNET AND PIRACY THAT WILL KILL FILM. THERE’S A PHILOSOPHY THAT THE INTERNET SHOULD BE FREE, BUT THE REALITY IS THAT PIRACY WILL DESTROY THE FILM INDUSTRY AND FILM AS AN ART FORM BECAUSE IT’S EXPENSIVE TO MAKE A MOVIE. MAYBE YOU’LL HAVE FUNKY LITTLE INDEPENDENT MOVIES, AND IT’LL GO BACK AND THEN START UP AGAIN SOME OTHER WAY.

3. WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG, YOU WONDER WHAT ALL THESE OLD PEOPLE ARE DRONING ON ABOUT, TRYING TO IMPART THEIR WISDOM. IT’S NOT RELEVANT TO YOU BECAUSE BEING YOUNG IS SUCH A SPECIFIC THING. THANK GOD FOR THAT. THANK GOD FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO GO OUT AND DEMONSTRATE AGAINST RAMPANT CAPITALISM OR WHATEVER.

4. I DON’T LIKE THE WORD ‘STRONG,’ BECAUSE A STRONG CHARACTER IS NEVER AN INTERESTING CHARACTER. A CHARACTER IS MADE INTERESTING BY THEIR VULNERABILITIES AND THEIR WEAKNESSES.

5. YOU WRITE YOUR LIFE STORY BY THE CHOICES YOU MAKE. YOU NEVER KNOW IF THEY HAVE BEEN A MISTAKE. THOSE MOMENTS OF DECISION ARE SO DIFFICULT.

6. THE CONTROL AND UNDERSTANDING OF OUR PERSONAL FEARS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT UNDERTAKINGS OF OUR LIVES.

7. THE ROLE OF WOMEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN UNDERVALUED IN THE SPY WORLD, ALWAYS UNDERMINED IN TERMS OF RECOGNITION. UNFAIRLY SO. IT’S A WORLD THAT NEEDS WOMEN.

8. I MET WITH HITCHCOCK WHEN I WAS A VERY, VERY YOUNG ACTRESS JUST STARTING OUT AND HE WAS MAKING ‘FRENZY’ IN LONDON AND I WAS SENT ALONG TO MEET WITH HIM. HE WAS VERY, VERY UNIMPRESSED WITH ME AND I HAVE TO SAY, I WAS RATHER UNIMPRESSED WITH HIM – BUT ONLY BECAUSE I WAS AN ARROGANT, IGNORANT YOUNG ACTRESS.

9. I STILL SUFFER TERRIBLY FROM STAGE FRIGHT. I GET SICK WITH FEAR. NOT EVERY NIGHT, BUT AT THE BEGINNING AND ON OCCASION – NOT NECESSARILY WHEN I’M EXPECTING IT. YOU JUST HAVE TO COPE WITH IT – TAKE IT ON THE CHIN AND WORK THROUGH IT, TRYING TO USE THE ADRENALIN TO PERFORM.

10. SOMETIMES NUDITY IS SEXY. SOMETIMES IT’S NOT. SOMETIMES BEING CLOTHED IS MORE SEXY THAN BEING NUDE.

11. I WAS NEVER THAT KIND OF STAR. I WAS NEVER CAST BECAUSE I WAS GORGEOUS.

12. I’M UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THIS NOTION OF DECENCY IS DISAPPEARING FROM OUR SOCIETY WHERE CONFLICTS ARE MADE WORSE ON CINEMA AND ON TELEVISION, WHERE PEOPLE ARE NASTY AND CRUEL ON THE INTERNET AND WHERE, IN GENERAL, EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE VERY ANGRY.

13. I AM NOT TOO KEEN ON MY NOSE, I DON’T LIKE MY KNEES, I HATE MY ANKLES, I AM UNSURE ABOUT MY BEHIND, I DON’T LIKE MY LEGS AT ALL. I AM NOT TOO SURE ABOUT MY CHIN, MY FOREHEAD IS A BIT DODGY. BUT, OVERALL, I CAN LIVE WITH IT.

14. GARDENING IS LEARNING, LEARNING, LEARNING. THAT’S THE FUN OF THEM. YOU’RE ALWAYS LEARNING.

15. TWO PHRASES I HATE IN REFERENCE TO FEMALE CHARACTERS ARE ‘STRONG’ AND ‘FEISTY.’ THEY REALLY ANNOY ME. IT’S THE MOST CONDESCENDING THING. YOU SAY THAT ABOUT A THREE-YEAR-OLD. IT INFANTILISES WOMEN.

16. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE FOUND MYSELF IN A SITUATION WHERE I’VE STOPPED WORK AND SAID, ‘THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY.’ BUT WEEKENDS ARE SPECIAL EVEN IF YOUR SCHEDULE IS ALL OVER THE PLACE. SOMETHING TELLS YOU THE WEEKEND HAS ARRIVED AND YOU CAN INDULGE YOURSELF A BIT.

17. THERE IS THAT AWFUL MOMENT WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE. THAT SHOULD BE THE MOST JOYFUL MOMENT, AND ACTUALLY IT’S NOT. IT’S ALWAYS A MOMENT THAT’S FULL OF FEAR BECAUSE YOU KNOW, AS NIGHT FOLLOWS DAY, THE JOY IS GOING TO RAPIDLY BE FOLLOWED BY SOME PAIN OR OTHER. ALL THE ANGST OF A RELATIONSHIP.

18. THERE’S NO GOOD WAY TO WASTE YOUR TIME. WASTING TIME IS JUST WASTING TIME.

19. I STILL HAVE A GYPSY SENSE OF ADVENTURE. I DON’T THINK I HAVE SLEPT IN THE SAME BED FOR MORE THAN THREE OR FOUR MONTHS MY WHOLE LIFE. I AM ALWAYS PLANTING VEGETABLES THAT I NEVER GET TO EAT AND FLOWERS THAT I NEVER SEE FLOWER. I HAVE ALWAYS MOVED AROUND THE WORLD.

20. PARKINSON’S IS A SLOW BUT INEVITABLE PROCESS. IT’S HARD LIVING WITH IT ON A DAILY BASIS. THE DIFFICULTY FACING PEOPLE WITH IT IS THAT THEY NEVER QUITE KNOW ‘CAN I OR CAN’T I DO THIS TODAY?’

21. THE GREAT MARRIAGES ARE PARTNERSHIPS. IT CAN’T BE A GREAT MARRIAGE WITHOUT BEING A PARTNERSHIP.

22. YOU CAN’T CONTROL HOW OTHER PEOPLE SEE YOU OR THINK OF YOU. BUT YOU HAVE TO BE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT.

23. I THINK EVERY WOMAN IN OUR CULTURE IS A FEMINIST. THEY MAY REFUSE TO ARTICULATE IT, BUT IF YOU WERE TO TAKE ANY WOMAN BACK 40 YEARS AND SAY, ‘IS THIS A WORLD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN?’ THEY WOULD SAY, ‘NO.’

24. I’D LIKE TO SEE A MUCH MORE OPEN MONARCHY, MYSELF. I USED TO THINK THEY WERE COMPLETELY USELESS AND WE SHOULD GET RID OF THEM. I DON’T NECESSARILY FEEL THAT WAY ANYMORE. I’M STILL AMBIVALENT, I STILL LOATHE THE BRITISH CLASS SYSTEM, AND THE ROYAL FAMILY ARE THE APEX OF THE BRITISH CLASS SYSTEM.

25. THERE’S A SCARY MOMENT WHEN YOU REALISE YOU’RE NO LONGER THE YOUNGEST PERSON IN THE ROOM. ESPECIALLY IF YOU’VE BEEN A SUCCESSFUL YOUNG PERSON. THAT’S FOLLOWED, OF COURSE, BY THE REALISATION THAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY THE OLDEST PERSON IN THE ROOM.

26. I WAS PART OF THE FIRST GENERATION OF GIRLS AND WOMEN TO BE EDUCATED AND GO TO GRAMMAR SCHOOL EVEN IF WE DIDN’T HAVE MUCH MONEY. THEN THAT GENERATION WENT, ‘OK, GREAT’, AND WENT INTO MEDICINE OR THE POLICE, AND HIT THIS WALL OF DISCRIMINATION FROM OLDER MEN WHO HADN’T CAUGHT UP.

27. WHERE YOU GREW UP BECOMES A BIG PART OF WHO YOU ARE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. YOU CAN’T RUN AWAY FROM THAT. WELL, SOMETIMES THE RUNNING AWAY FROM IT IS WHAT MAKES YOU WHO YOU ARE.

28. I PREFER THE FINESSE OF FRENCH HUMOUR. ENGLISH HUMOUR IS MORE SCATHING, MORE CRUEL, AS ILLUSTRATED BY MONTY PYTHON AND LITTLE BRITAIN.

29. I’M NOT A COMMUNIST, OF COURSE. BUT I DO THINK THAT EVERYTHING IS DOWN TO ECONOMICS. CAPITALISM DOESN’T CHANGE.

30. I BELIEVE KIDS SHOULDN’T BE TAUGHT SHAKESPEARE. THEY SHOULD EXPERIENCE IT FIRST BY SEEING A GREAT PRODUCTION.

31. I’M TERRIFIED OF LEARNING LINES, AND I’VE ALWAYS BEEN TERRIFIED THAT I WON’T LEARN THEM.

32. MY DAD’S RUSSIAN. MY MOTHER’S ENGLISH. I WOULD SAY MY BOTTOM HALF IS RUSSIAN.

33. NOTHING IS QUITE SO EMOTIONAL AND PASSIONATE AS WHAT GOES ON INSIDE OF A FAMILY. PEOPLE ARE DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION BY A FATHER OR A MOTHER OR A HUSBAND. OR A CHILD.

34. I LOVE MEN THAT LOVE WOMEN. MORGAN FREEMAN, WHO I WORKED WITH ON ‘RED,’ WAS VERY FLATTERING TO ME. BUT HE IS FLATTERING TO ALL WOMEN. HE IS A WOMAN-CHARMER.

35. PEOPLE BECOME MORE INTERESTING FROM ABOUT 25 – THEY DEVELOP CHARACTER AND THEIR PERSONALITIES COME OUT.

36. IT’S GREAT TO BE QUEEN!

37. I’M NOT STRONG-WILLED, ACTUALLY. I’M A COMPLETE PUSHOVER. I LOVE TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO.

38. EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A MOVIE STAR OR A MODEL, TO BE IN THE PAPERS, BUT FEW REALISE JUST WHAT HARD WORK IT IS, GETTING UP EARLY, AND SO ON.

39. I DON’T SHARE LOTS OF THE PHOBIAS THAT HORROR MOVIES TAP INTO. I DON’T MIND SPIDERS OR SNAKES OR DARKNESS.

40. FLESH SELLS. PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO SEE PICTURES OF CHURCHES. THEY WANT TO SEE NAKED BODIES.

41. ANY ROLE THAT’S PROACTIVE IS A GREAT ROLE, AND ACTION ROLES ARE BY THEIR VERY NATURE PROACTIVE. YOU GET TO DO STUFF. I HATE SITTING IN A CORNER – I’D MUCH PREFER AN ACTION ROLE IN A POPCORN MOVIE RATHER THAN PINING IN A CORNER NOT DOING ANYTHING.

42. I’M NOT A REPUBLICAN ANY MORE. NOT SO VORACIOUSLY ANYWAY – I’M NOT IN FAVOUR OF THE CONCEPT OF MONARCHY, BUT I DO SEE THE GOOD IN IT IF THERE’S A GOOD PERSON IN THE ROLE.

43. THE WHOLE THING OF CLOTHES IS INSANE. YOU CAN SPEND A DOLLAR ON A JACKET IN A THRIFT STORE. AND YOU CAN SPEND A THOUSAND DOLLARS ON A JACKET IN A SHOP. AND IF YOU SAW THOSE TWO JACKETS WALKING DOWN THE STREET, YOU PROBABLY WOULDN’T KNOW WHICH WAS WHICH.

44. PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ME WHETHER I PREFER THEATER OR FILM, AND THE ANSWER IS THAT I PREFER THE ONE I’M NOT DOING: THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER.

45. PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S ARE NOT SOME WEIRD PEOPLE ON THE EDGE OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE.

46. PATIENCE CAN BE A GOOD THING – BUT NOT NECESSARILY. SOMETIMES IT’S NOT SO BAD TO BE IMPATIENT. I’M A LITTLE BIT TOO POLITE.

47. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO LOOK LIKE CRAP ON FILM AND EVERYONE THINKS YOU’RE A BRILLIANT ACTRESS. ACTUALLY, ALL YOU’VE DONE IS LOOK LIKE CRAP.

48. I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY, AND I LOVE THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY.

49. IT WAS NEVER MY INTENTION TO MARRY ANYBODY. ECONOMICS ARE BASICALLY THE ONLY REASON TO GET MARRIED, BUT I’M VERY GLAD I DID IT.

50. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO BRING PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S INTO OUR WORLD AND FOR THE PUBLIC TO HAVE A REAL UNDERSTANDING OF IT, AS THEY’RE BEGINNING TO HAVE WITH AUTISM.

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