Helen Mirren would go under knife to better match Hitchcock’s wife
BY CINDY PEARLMAN December 6, 2012 7:52PM
Updated: January 10, 2013 6:15AM
Don’t hate her because she is agelessly beautiful.
Helen Mirren’s face is naturally beautiful — and it moves to actually show emotion. Her gray-blonde hair is cut in the perfect, Princess Diana short shag.
But when Mirren meets someone new, the first issue isn’t her beauty. It’s a certain film role.
“When I met Anthony Hopkins for this film, I was afraid he was thinking of me as the queen,” says the Oscar-winning star of “The Queen.” “I’m not the queen. I’m just Helen.”
There is nothing “just Helen” about her.
One of the most glamorous stars of any generation, the 67-year-old now is playing Alma Reville — Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock — in “Hitchcock.”
She found it hard to research Alma. “Very few people who met Alma are still alive today,” says Mirren, who also had to contend with the fact that she looks nothing like the real woman.
“She was tiny, under five feet. I have this image in my mind of a tiny, bird-like woman and this huge guy who was big in every way. I love that image.”
Mirren laments, “I’m not little. If I could have had plastic surgery to take me down a bit that would have been great.”
Bonding with Hopkins as Hitch was easy. “We come from the same trajectory, although we had never met,” she says. “We both did similar work and a lot of theater.”
Mirren is currently shooting “Red 2,” where she reprises her role as Victoria. She also plays Becky’s Inner Voice on TV’s “Glee.”
Don’t expect a lot of wisdom about keeping her glam up while shuttling between sets. “I’m permanently guilty about the fact that I don’t exercise enough and I should be exercising,” she says. “I can’t be bothered. I guess I just have excellent posture.”
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