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Helen Mirren on Her Image in Hollywood: 'I'm Not Sexy'

Helen Mirren on Her Image in Hollywood: 'I'm Not Sexy'

Helen Mirren wants to make clear her feelings about being labeled as a sex symbol.

The 71-year-old actress has long been an opponent of sexism and ageism in Hollywood.

“I’m not ‘sexy,’” Helen said during AARP The Magazine: Helen Mirren Luncheon. “If you see a painting you love, one that speaks to you, you can say, ‘Oh my god, that painting is sexy.’ That doesn’t mean you want to [expletive] it. When [people say] I’m a sexual object, I’d argue – I’m so not that. It’s just something that gets hung on your back and you can never quite get it off.”

“It’s making people around you – directors, whoever – and making yourself let go of being a beautiful 30-year-old, or a distinguished 40-year-old, or an interesting 50-year-old,” she added. “You just have to let go of whatever it is and move on.”

Helen , along with tons of other stars, posed without makeup or photoshopping for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar – check out a behind-the-scenes video here!

Pictured inside: Helen attending the luncheon and leaving ABC’s The View after her appearance on Monday (December 5) in New York City.

Helen also revealed that there is one request she never asks makeup people! Click inside to find out what it is…

Helen shared that she “always lets makeup people do whatever they want,” rather than ask them to make her look younger. “You do see actors and actresses, it’s not just women, clinging onto what they were and they’re really not that anymore, but they can’t find who they are without that. Sometimes people get too attached.”

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Credit: Theo Wargo; Photos: AKM-GSI, Getty
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