Dame Helen Mirren: My sexy reputation will follow me to the grave

Dame Helen Mirren says she’ll never get away from her sexy tag.

The Oscar winner, 71, has a reputation as a sex symbol, which has stuck in her later years.

She has told the December/January issue of AARP The Magazine the image will always hold.

“I think it’s probably going to follow me to my grave,” the Collateral Beauty actress said.

Dame Helen said she had no problem with 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. The idea of dying young when you’re 25 is kind of cool — a bit romantic, like James Dean.

“But then you realise 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.

“I love the way young women are claiming it.”

And the star said of marrying director Taylor Hackford later in life: “I always said I have nothing against marriage; it just wasn’t to my taste, like turnips.

“It took me a very long time to come round to acquiring the taste. I just had to meet the right turnip.”

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