Helen Mirren is just awesome. No, I don't know her personally, but I've read a couple of interviews she's done, and I greatly admire her. She's sassy while still being classy. She has confidence. She looks good, especially for her age, but really, she just looks good. And not just physically, but she seems to have this presence. It seems like she is comfortable being herself, physically and emotionally, but doesn't feel the need to rub it in anyone's face. She really seems to be someone who has accepted herself, for all of her flaws and her strengths.
Here are my two favorite Helen Mirren quotes:
“The hardest period in life is one’s 20s. 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.” [Esquire]
"Your twenties are torture, really, because you don't know what you are going to be or whether it's all going to work out, and you are supposedly an adult but you haven't really learnt anything. You're always looking for your own place in the world, but you're insecure - you think you're wonderful one minute and you think you're a disaster the next. I think your thirties are a wonderful time." And her sixties? "It's brilliant, really, the way life organises itself, because you just slowly get used to what you are, don't you?" [Guardian UK]
I'm in my mid twenties and it's like she's describing my life exactly.