Dame Helen Mirren has admitted that she went through a spell of being bored with Shakespeare, after appearing in so many of his plays.
Mirren, now an Oscar winning actress started out her acting career playing Cleopatra in a National Youth Theatre production, before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company and playing lot’s of different roles.
“I think because I did so much Shakespeare when I was young, I suddenly went right off Shakespeare – I didn’t want to do it, I didn’t want to see it, I sort of kind of had enough of it,” she said.
“Except in that era, I would still go and see productions of Shakespeare and be blown away by the production, by the acting, and absolutely love it. I’m not saying I completely went away from it. But maybe, to a certain extent, I lost my own bottle about it, if you know what I mean. I lost my own courage in doing it.”
Helen did admit that once she had not performed any Shakespeare for a few years she missed it.
“I missed having that language in my mouth, I missed having those thoughts in my head. It’s a beautiful world to inhabit… it’s so full of poetry and understanding and mystery that when you’re in the world as an actor, it’s a fabulous place to be,” she said.