Helen Mirren On Marriage, Aging And Not Having Children: I Chose ‘My Work Over My Relationships’

Entering her 70s hasn’t dampened Helen Mirren’s sex appeal one bit.

In fact, a 2008 photo of the star in a pink bikini only fuelled the flame of her biggest admirers, including big-name fans like James Marsden, who planted a kiss on the British star earlier this week.

As expected, the Oscar-winning actress, who was a pinup actress in her youth, delivers the goods on the cover of AARP Magazine this month, opening up about her lasting allure while reflecting on the benefits of growing older.

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“I think it’s probably going to follow me to my grave,” Mirren says about her sultry image.

Certainly adding to Mirren’s ongoing sex symbol status is her appearance alongside fellow female icons such as Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore and Uma Thurman in the 2017 Pirelli calendar.

And judging by her positive outlook on aging, it’s clear that Mirren isn’t looking to turn back the hands of time. “The idea of dying young when you’re 25 is kind of cool – a bit romantic, like James Dean. But then you realize that life is too much fun to do that,” Mirren continues. “It’s fascinating and wonderful and emotional… so you just have to find a way of negotiating getting old psychologically and physically.”

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“The best thing about being over 70 is being over 70,” she adds. “Certainly when I was 45, the idea of being 70 was like “Arghhh!’”

Mirren also gets candid about her decision not to have children, admitting to the publication that she placed her work above her personal life. “It’s very hard to unpick your choices,” she shares before reflecting on her marriage to director Taylor Hackford. “But a lot of it was choice, absolutely. So yes, I did very consciously choose my work over my relationships right up to the time that I met Taylor.”

“I was 38 when I met [him], pretty late in life,” she tells AARP. “We got married in the end because we realized that we were going to be together forever. We got married, ultimately, for legal reasons more than anything else…I always said I have nothing against marriage, it just wasn’t to my taste, like turnips.”

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