Dame Helen Mirren has opened up about the aging process in a new interview with Allure magazine. The star, who celebrated her 72nd birthday back in July, told the magazine that she gets "absolutely insulted" when people treat her like a senior. She said: "This word 'anti-aging' - we know we're getting older. You just want to look and feel as great as you can on a daily basis."
She continued: "If people treat me like the age I am, I get absolutely insulted, really cross. I hate when people give up their seat for me. No, no, no. I don't want your seat." She also opened up about a sex icon in her twenties, revealing that her stunning looks weren't "fashionable" at the time. "I could see why — when I got far enough back from my young self — they called me sexy in those days," she said. "I fell into the cliché of sexiness: blonde hair, tits, waist, which I hated at the time because it was not fashionable. You had to be thin and have a cigarette and only wear black. And I just never fit into that look."
The Calendar Girls actress has previously spoken about her beauty regime, joking that she doesn't think moisturiser does anything. Talking at a L'Oreal panel chat in Cannes, she told the audience: "I'm not setting standards for others. All I can do is be who I am. I've always loved make-up. I'm an eternal optimist - I know that when I put my moisturiser on it probably does [nothing], but it just makes me feel better. I've always said to L'Oreal as well that I will only do what makes me feel better."