Helen Mirren just can’t help it: she’s smoking hot in whatever she wears, even when it’s the Union Jack. Which is exactly how she appears in the August 2011 issue of Esquire. Snapped by British fashion photographer Perou, Helen wraps herself in the British flag for a fun, sexy portrait. She also shares a few quick insights:
On the best compliment she’s ever received: Right after winning the Oscar, (Best Actress in 2007, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in The Queen), when everyone was going home, they let these little gold Oscary shapes flutter down from the ceiling. Leonardo DiCaprio came over, bowed down, and kissed my hand. It was the most fabulous moment — such a lovely gesture. He didn’t say anything.
On the best phase of life: 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 playing possum on film and stage: 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.
With Daniel Craig on the cover, this particular edition of Esquire is just overflowing with yummy Brits. Click through for more images.
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