Dame Helen Mirren turned 70 on Sunday and the seasoned actress is just getting better with every passing year.
In an interview with New Zealand Women's Weekly while promoting The Hundred Foot Journey, Mirren had this to say about aging gracefully.
"You have to grow up, grow old, unlearn and throw certain things away. The weird thing is, you get more comfortable in yourself, even as time is giving you less reason for it. When you're young and beautiful, you're paranoid and miserable. And then you're older and it's ironic really."
Helen eagerly plays the helium game with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. When faced with the challenge to twerk, Mirren got down and dirty... twice. Helen even volunteered to play Paul Rudd in Rudd's story of his first meeting with Jack Nicholson... that involved a kiss.
Helen takes home the Best Actress Oscar for The Queen at the Academy Awards. Mirren wins the Fellowship award at the BAFTA Awards. Helen wins Actor in "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries" category for her role in Phil Spector at the SAG Awards.
Now that Mirren has reached her 70's, she seems eager to step into this next decade of her life, saying, "[accepting your age is part of] the adventure of life. Now I find out what this is all about. And you have to look at it as a new experience, a new adventure."
May we all be lucky enough to be able to share in her adventure for many years to come. Happy Birthday Dame Helen Mirren!