Helen Mirren quotes

Born
26 July 1945, Hammersmith, London, England.

Occupation
Actress.

Helen Mirren is an English actress.

I’m terrified of learning lines, and I’ve always been terrified that I won’t learn them.
– Helen Mirren
I love photography, and I love the art of photography.
– Helen Mirren
The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.
– Helen Mirren
I am so happy that I didn’t have children. Well, you know, because I’ve had freedom. And I’ve so loved my freedom.
– Helen Mirren
I was never that kind of star. I was never cast because I was gorgeous.
– Helen Mirren
I don’t throw a lot of parties. I find throwing parties a bit intimidating.
– Helen Mirren
I’m not an impersonator. I’m a lousy impersonator, actually.
– Helen Mirren
I believe kids shouldn’t be taught Shakespeare. They should experience it first by seeing a great production.
– Helen Mirren
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.
– Helen Mirren
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.
– Helen Mirren
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning.
– Helen Mirren
Sometimes nudity is sexy. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes being clothed is more sexy than being nude.
– Helen Mirren
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.
– Helen Mirren
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.’
– Helen Mirren
I have no maternal instinct whatsoever. Motherhood holds no interest for me.
– Helen Mirren
The control and understanding of our personal fears is one of the most important undertakings of our lives.
– Helen Mirren
I’d describe myself as a Christian who doesn’t believe in God.
– Helen Mirren
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.
– Helen Mirren
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.
– Helen Mirren
The great marriages are partnerships. It can’t be a great marriage without being a partnership.
– Helen Mirren
Wherever I am in the world, if I get free time when I’m filming I always hire a car, take to the road, drive for miles and explore.
– Helen Mirren
I have to say, without sounding like a total tosser, that everything I’ve learned in life, and that has taken me out of my natural interior life, has been with men. They exposed me to things that I wasn’t aware of. I learned from all the guys.
– Helen Mirren
I am British. I love Britain for all its faults and all its virtues. My husband is American and I am largely based in Los Angeles, but whenever someone asks me where home is, I automatically say ‘London.’
– Helen Mirren
Painters hate having to explain what their work is about. They always say, ‘It’s whatever you want it to be’ – because I think that’s their intention, to connect with each person’s subconscious, and not to try and dictate.
– Helen Mirren
I think of myself as being a bit of a wimp deep down – a bourgeois wimp – and I’m fighting that. I think all Brits are, maybe.
– Helen Mirren
I’m not a communist, of course. But I do think that everything is down to economics. Capitalism doesn’t change.
– Helen Mirren
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.
– Helen Mirren
They’re called ‘action scenes’ because they do the acting for you. You don’t have to act in action scenes. The action does it all for you. It’s great.
– Helen Mirren
I remember thinking, when I was in my early 30s, that this is the best age to be, and I still believe your 30s are a wonderful time.
– Helen Mirren
I drink just as much tea when I’m in Los Angeles as I do when I’m in London. I take my tea bags with me wherever I go.
– Helen Mirren
Humor in a relationship is so important. Many women will say that. Some say, ‘If they can make you laugh, it’s the sexiest thing on earth.’
– Helen Mirren