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Helen Mirren Talks Losing Her Temper and Being Idealistic

2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Red Carpet
Actress Helen Mirren arrives at the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival gala held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 5, 2010 in Palm Springs, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Helen Mirren may look harmless, but in the right circumstances she says she can easily "see red." 

The Oscar nominee said: "I'm actually quite docile, but sometimes I just lose it. I literally see red and it's as if my head explodes. I often start crying when that's the case. I generally cry a lot. And of course I've thrown stuff around in rage. I remember wrecking a public pay phone once by tearing it off the wall with all my might."

Taylor and Helen (Bauer Griffin)
The 64-year-old star -- who's been married to director Taylor Hackford since 1997 -- also claims her personality was molded over the years by her various lovers.

She explained: "I'm very unmusical. But I had a lover who loved music. He taught me everything and he completely shaped my taste in music. Another lover was interested in boxing, since then I've been fascinated by it. I absorb everything, I love to learn. It's important to be open-minded. There's nothing worse than narrow-mindedness. I think nowadays young people isolate themselves too much."

With a varied and long-lasting film career, Helen believes Hollywood has made her "greedy" caused her to lose the "idealistic" views she had when she was starting out.

She explained to German TV channel Tele 5: "I'm still a group actress. Even when I play the main character my work only counts as part of an ensemble, and I love my co-stars. It's been like that since I've been young. However, I've lost a big amount of idealism. I'm a lot greedier and more corrupt than I used to be."

She added, "I would prefer being different, but I've become anxious with the years. The harsh reality of life caught up with me and I want financial security. At some point idealism just falls by the wayside, which is rather sad."

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  • Helen Mirren in 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Red Carpet
  • Helen Mirren in 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Red Carpet
  • Helen Mirren in 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Red Carpet
  • Helen Mirren in 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Red Carpet
  • Helen Mirren in 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Red Carpet
  • Helen Mirren in 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Red Carpet
  • Helen Mirren in 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Red Carpet
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