You might think A-list actress Helen Mirren has been famous her whole life, but so it turns out, she didn't find fame until she was in her 40s! But, it was kind of a blessing in disguise because it taught her a lot about life.
She shared some of her insight with Closer Weekly in an exclusive interview. "Be loyal and on time,” the 72-year-old told shared at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her new film The Leisure Seeker. "And don’t be an a--hole!" Great advice, Helen.
Helen at the Tornoto Film Festival. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Even though Helen didn't get her big break until later in life, she worked super hard to get where she is today. "From the start, I never stopped working, but I wanted [fame when] I was 22. I had a certain kind of success in Britain, but the kind of international success I got didn’t come until after 40," she shared.
Today, Helen is fully embracing aging. "I don’t often wish that I’m younger because I think that it’s pretty cool to be older," she said in a previous interview. "What I love the most about being older is that lovely I don’t give a f--kness kind of thing." She added, "All you young things don’t be afraid of getting older because it’s f--king great, but tonight looking at this audience, I do wish I was about 40 years younger."
Along with getting older, Helen is happy to see that women are becoming more and more present in showbiz. "When I first came into the film industry, you walked onto a film set and it was all men," she once shared. "Really it was like walking into the locker room of an NFL team, it was a very, very male atmosphere, maybe one or two women on the set."
"It’s so exciting to see that change, I salute those women who have made that change happen, the women who stood there 20 years ago and said 'I can do that,'" The Queen star added. "That’s why I want to live another 40 years because I want to see what further changes are coming. It’s coming women and girls, enjoy it!"