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Helen Mirren Has Become More Cautious with Age

The Hollywood Reporter's Annual Dame Helen Mirren, recipient of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award speaks onstage at The Hollywood Reporter's Annual "Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast" held at The Beverly Hills Hotel on December 7, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)more pics » Helen Mirren (Getty Images) Helen Mirren says she's grown increasingly less inclined to take risks with her career as she gets older, because she needs the security that comes with steady work.

She said: “I try not to be but, you know, as you get older, you get more frightened.

“The realities of life start coming in on you and you realize that you do want security and so on and so forth. So you start working towards that and that’s when you start losing your idealism, which is sad.”

Despite her desire for security, Helen admits she has made unusual choices throughout her career, but always felt she would have the safety of theater work to fall back on.

She added in an interview with Total Film magazine: “I’ve always made pretty… not dangerous, but out there choices that could potentially have destroyed my career. But one thing I’ve always gone back to is the theater.

“I always felt, especially when I was younger, that it didn’t matter if it all went wrong because I could go back to the theatre and still show people that’s something I could still do.”

More Helen Mirren pictures (click any photo):
  • Helen Mirren in The Hollywood Reporter&squot;s Annual "Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast" - Inside
  • Helen Mirren in The Hollywood Reporter&squot;s Annual "Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast" - Inside
  • Helen Mirren in The Hollywood Reporter&squot;s Annual "Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast" - Inside
  • Helen Mirren in The Hollywood Reporter&squot;s Annual "Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast" - Inside
  • Helen Mirren in The Hollywood Reporter&squot;s Annual "Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast" - Inside
  • Helen Mirren in The Hollywood Reporter&squot;s Annual "Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast" - Inside
  • Helen Mirren in The Hollywood Reporter&squot;s Annual "Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast" - Inside
  • Helen Mirren in The Hollywood Reporter&squot;s Annual "Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast" - Inside



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