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  • I haven't had children and now I can't look at anything to do with childbirth. It absolutely disgusts me.
  • Flesh sells. People don't want to see pictures of churches. They want to see naked bodies
  • I get half-drowned, jump across an abyss and fly. I loved every minute of it. Getting attached to wires and flying was the most glorious feeling. It's a lot easier than acting! (on her role in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) playing Nicolas Cage's mother.) (People Magazine - 19 November 2007)
  • (Part of her BAFTA acceptance speech, BAFTA Film Awards, 2007) - "This is great. What an honour, especially to be nominated - just to be nominated - amongst those incredible powerhouse performances this year from women. - I applaud them. I think they were absolutely fantastic. Write more roles for us like that please."
  • (On Ian Richardson, BAFTA Film Awards, 2007) - "Many years ago, when I started off as an actress, I had the immense good fortune to work with an actor that was so generous at sharing his craft - He became a mentor to me, he helped me believe in myself. Ian Richardson, I'm not too sure I would be here today if it wasn't for you."
  • There's nothing sexy about doing a nude scene. It's rather uncomfortable. I like dressing up rather than dressing down.
  • On not having children: No. Absolutely not. Absolutely not. I am so happy that I didn't have children. Well, you know because I've had freedom.
  • "Being me right now is sort of amazing." - 2006.
  • On becoming Dame Helen Mirren in 2003, "In England, it's a big deal. I do feel it's a great honor. But I had to think about it quite seriously for a couple of weeks. It does sort of squash you into the establishment thing. In the end, my baser feelings got the better of me. I succumbed to pride."
  • All you have to do is to look like crap on film and everyone thinks you're a brilliant actress. Actually, all you've done is look like crap.
  • Actors are rogues and vagabonds. Or they ought to be. I can't stand it when they behave like solicitors from Penge." "I'm a would-be rebel. The good girl who'd like to be a bad one.
  • (About the Academy Awards) "It's the creme-de-la-creme of bulls**t."
  • The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.
  • The actress describes herself as "being famous for being cool about not being gorgeous."
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