Not-quite-nude Helen Mirren poses in just a Union Jack for Esquire
The photo is, obviously, above. The quotes below. Enjoy.
On her marriage to Taylor Hackford, who directed her in "Love Ranch":
"Being directed by your husband is difficult. But it's fabulous to go home and sleep with the director."
On the wisdom that comes with age:
We're all idiots when we're young. We don't think we are, but we are. So we should be.
More about that:
"The hardest period in life is one's twenties. It's a shame because you're your most gorgeous and you're physically in peak condition. But it's actually when you're most insecure and full of self-doubt. When you don't know what's going to happen, it's frightening."
On how to make a final exit on screen:
"Some people are brilliant at dying. It's hard to stop breathing, and inevitably you get an itchy nose or something. The trick of dying onstage is to make sure you do it behind the sofa or in a dark corner."
Read more at Esquire.com.