Helen Mirren covers PEOPLE‘S ‘The Beautiful Issue’ photographed by Andrew Eccles.
“I get very nervous about the day-to-day process. And meeting and dealing with new people. And not knowing whether I am going to remember my lines or not,” she tells PEOPLE. “I just get very frightened until I get into the swing of things and then I kind of relax.” She sleeps easier when a film wraps. “Once it’s done I’m not nervous, because it’s done, you can’t pull it back,” she says. “It’s the doing of it that I get nervous about.”
While she admits “you have to continue working on yourself to a certain extent,” the best salve for her fears has been time. “Simple really: Getting older. It happens. Other people call it growing older, but I call it growing up,” she says. “And one of the advantages is that you literally get to be wiser. Life is a constant process of learning.”
Hair by Richard Collins
Makeup by Jo Strettell
[Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles/People Magazine]
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