Mirren denies sex symbol status

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren has declared she most certainly does not consider herself to be a sex symbol.

Oscar winning Mirren has told Scotland on Sunday that she isn’t happy living up to other peoples standards of beauty, after winning an Oscar for The Queen.

The star, who also won a BAFTA for the same role said, “I love to dress up. But that’s just me. I don’t want to lay it on anyone else.”

She added, “If I’m held up as some sort of symbol that you have to be sexy in your 60s, well why the f**k do you have to be sexy in your 60s? You don’t. You just have to be content and happy and hopefully healthy.”

65 year-old Mirren also added that she’d become more accepting of her own physical imperfections as she’d got older.

“The weird thing is you get more comfortable in yourself even as time is giving you less reason for it,” Mirren said. “When you’re young and beautiful you’re paranoid and miserable. And then you’re older and it’s ironic, really.”

Mirren’s next film is Arthur, a 1981 remake with Russell Brand.

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