Judi Dench makes it a point to ban the word “old” and the number “80” from being uttered in the house. The actress who celebrated her 80th birthday last month revealed that she is tempted to have a tattoo.
The Bond actress was out shooting The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when she saw an Indian symbol that spoke to her. The symbol supposedly represents life, love, and everything, making it the perfect tattoo to represent her decades-spanning career in showbiz.
“A cameraman who worked on The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel told me what it meant, but I’m a bit nervous in case I’m being set up… it might be unbelievably rude.”
This isn’t the first time that Dench is getting inked, she famously had a tattoo for producer Harvey Weinstein in honor of casting her in the role of Queen Victoria. “My make-up lady painted it on,” she admitted. “He still think it’s tattooed.”
Dench has won countless awards throughout her career. She has BAFTAs, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Tony Award, two Golden Globes, a bunch of Olivier Awards, and yes, she has an Oscar. For her latest film, the star was tapped to pose for the cover of Good Housekeeping, where she also revealed her thoughts about getting plastic surgery.
She admitted that she’s simply not vain enough to get a facelift.
“I’ve never had anything cosmetic done to my face. Do I want to? Of course! I’d love to go right and now come back with completely smooth skin. I want everyone to say, ‘You must be 39!'”
Dench has been known as a respected actress who embraces her age for every role that she takes. Although she’s already 80, she doesn’t see retiring becoming an option any time soon.
“The thought of putting my feet up doesn’t appeal at all – no, no, no!” she exclaimed. “The prospect of no work on the horizon makes me a bit edgy. I have no particular ambitions – I just want to be employed!”
After appearing in the latest series of James Bond films, Dench is back to making lighter fare with the Marigold sequel and Esio Trot, a BBC TV movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s romantic tale. Unlike the lovelorn character that she played in the film, Dench admits that she isn’t privy to the possibility of falling in love in the future.
Right now, she enjoys quite a bit of her time with her grandsons, who teach her the ways of the younger generation. She now knows that YOLO means “you only live once.”
“I love that I know that,” she laughed.
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