Belfast Telegraph

Helen Mirren: Take risks

Dame Helen Mirren advises to always do what scares you, and insists a strong moral compass will shield you from "harsh criticism".

The British actress won Glamour magazine's Icon award earlier this week at their annual Women of the Year ceremony, and has been speaking to the publication about the advice she dishes out to the younger generation.

"Always do that which scares you the most. Shake it up a bit, and as long as you have a moral compass, don't worry about harsh criticism," Helen smiled.

The Oscar-winning actress has spent more than 45 years in front of the camera, but still has a long list of people she'd like to professionally collaborate with.

Helen's latest movie The Hundred-Foot Journey is released later this summer, with three more films in the pipeline soon after.

"There are so many great directors and actors that I'd still like to work with, I don't know where to start. It's one of the regrets of the era I was born into that I had so little opportunity to work with actresses, with the wonderful exception of Calendar Girls," she sighed.

"I'd still really like to work with Maggie Smith. And as for directors I'd love to work with Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese."

She'll soon be starring opposite Aaron Paul and Colin Firth in forthcoming film Eye in the Sky, but the 68-year-old star has two more leading men in mind for future projects.

"Oh, Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio, and that's just for starters!" she laughed

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