Dame Helen Mirren wishes she was a French Actress

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 July 2014
Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren has revealed her latest role in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' is one she's related to the most because growing up she wanted to be a French actress

Dame Helen Mirren wanted to be a French actress.

The 68-year-old star has played the head of the British monarchy in 'The Queen' but she's admitted that her new film role as a restaurant boss in the South of France in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' is the character she most relates to.

She explained to HELLO! magazine: "What I loved about ['The Hundred-Foot Journey']- I could pretend I was a French actress for the first time in my life."

Helen revealed that whilst she was a teenager living in the South East of England, she dreamt of becoming a French actress and even bought a property in Paris.

She shared: "When I was growing up in my teens , the French just seemed to be the coolest, most chic people on the planet and I desperately wanted to be French. I got myself a French boyfriend and that was the closest I could get to it.

"I did a film in France and I loved being there. I rented a little garret and it was literally one room on the top of a house on the Left Bank and it was very bohemian. I thought I would literally just go to Paris and just sit there until I became a French actress."

However, it was never to be as Helen was getting more recognition in her native England.

She reflected: "I kept getting work in England, which I had to take because I had to pay for the garret in France and then it just never worked out."

The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • India/United Arab Emirates/USA
  • 2h 2min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Lasse Hallstrom
  • Written by: Steven Knight
  • Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal
  • UK release: 5 September 2014

Indian patriarch Papa (Puri) decides to open a restaurant in the French countryside, directly opposite a Michelin-starred joint run by Madame Mallory (Mirren); cue romantic complications between son Hassan (Dayal) and Mallory's sous-chef Marguerite (Le Bon). Mirren's imperiousness almost redeems it, but an undercooked…

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