Helen Mirren may not be royalty, but she probably knows more about Queen Elizabeth II than most of her family members!
Having played the monarch four times now, the Oscar winner recently likened the famous bloodline to "aliens."
Helen as Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film 'The Queen.' (Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox)
"The world they live in is so beyond our understanding," she said in an interview. "You’ve never queued for anything. Ever, for anything. Every time you go in the street, the traffic is stopped for you. It’s a world you can’t imagine. They are, in a way, aliens."
But Helen adds that the clan is far from perfect. "They are the same flawed, insecure, vulnerable, complicated human beings we are. It’s my job to get into the person who’s inside that world," she explained of playing the ruler.
As for the Queen herself, the 69-year-old tells the 'New York Times,' "I think people misunderstand because she doesn’t smile all the time. But she’s not a movie star, she’s a queen.
"Smiling is not a requirement. What’s required is to be dignified, to be almost iconic and self-controlled – not to be charming. In the end, I prefer that to someone who smiles a lot and secretly has bulimia," the 'RED 2' star said.
Helen meeting the Queen in 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Helen is set to reprise her role as the world's oldest-reigning monarch in the play 'The Audience' on Broadway.