“As you travel through life, you do realise that you lose friends and colleagues and death becomes a part of your life and that happens at every age. It’s not just what happens to older people”
Of course, the last year or so has seen the world lose many a talented performer, including David Bowie, George Michael and Carrie Fisher.
Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman also passed away in 2017 – and Helen in fact starred alongside the acting legend in his final film, Eye in the Sky.
Talking about her late co-star at the time, she said, “He was just such a consumate actor. It’s tragic that we don’t have more performances from him. Because he would have had a very very long and extraordinary career, if only he was still with us.”
However, despite accepting our eventual fact, Helen Mirren revealed to i magazine that she actually pays no mind to the concept of an afterlife.
She confessed, “I have no concept of the afterlife. I’m not into that sort of thing. No. Neither were my parents, actually.”
Oh her parent’s beliefs, she simply said, “Make the most of [life]” was their motto.
Helen went on to say, “These days, that’s even more possible. People are living longer. People are living healthier lifestyles. There’s much more of an understanding of what helps with longevity and enjoyment of life as long as you can. And that’s to do with diet and above all exercise.”
However, she hilariously added, that “I don’t exercise”.