It isn't too late to find "the one" no matter how old you are and Helen Mirren proves it. After all, she's been with him for more than 20 years.
A stunning actress and an icon of beauty, Helen Mirren is that woman who turns heads the moments she walks into a room. From Excalibur to Fast and Furious 8, Helen has been capturing our attention for decades. But there's only one person that captures her full attention - her husband, director Taylor Hackford.
At some point in our lives, we find our partners while we're still young. Whether we stay with them or not depends on how our relationship with them changes over time. But Helen found the love of her life pretty late in life and after 21 years together, she and her husband are nowhere close to slowing down.
So it can be hard to think that at first, Helen didn't even believe in marriage. "I always said I have nothing against marriage. It just wasn't to my taste, like turnips. It took me a very long time to come around to acquiring the taste. I just had to meet the right turnip," she said according to E!Online. That is until she met her right "turnip" - Taylor Hackford, in 1986.
"I did very consciously choose my work over my relationships right up to the time that I met Taylor," she explained. " I was 38 when I met Taylor, pretty late in life." Speaking to Hoda Kotb at Today, Helen mentioned that there was a major benefit to finding love past your 20s. "The great thing about finding a partnership later on [in life] is that you recognize it as such," she said. "You recognize the partnership level of this relationship as much as the love and the lust and all the rest of it."
Even so, their decision to get married had a surprising reason behind it.
Helen and Taylor first laid eyes on each other when they met on the set of White Nights in 1986. It was the movie in which Taylor directed his future wife. On-screen, they may have been professional but the moment the cameras were out of the picture, sparks started flying, according to Fabiosa. No wonder the movie means so much to Taylor, according to Chicago Sun Times. “It was fantastic. It was where I met my bride!” he said.
For 10 years, the couple enjoyed their relationship as it was because it brought them happiness, one that wasn't tied to marriage. However, they realized it would just be smarter to tie the knot.
So in 1997, the two exchanged their vows. "We got married in the end because we realized that we were going to be together forever," she said. "We got married, ultimately, for legal reasons more than anything else. Estate planning and other complicated things like that. And our families, we sensed, wanted us to be married."
Now husband and wife, you'd think that their next step might involve children, especially since they found each other so late in life. Well, the couple doesn't regret being childless. While Taylor has two children from his previous marriages, his life revolves around his beautiful wife. And it works for her too. "I was always too engaged in my life as an actress. ... At that time, I couldn't comprehend that you could incorporate a child into that without letting a child down in some way," Helen said, in the article by Fabiosa.
This statement seems logical since even after her marriage, Helen has not let her career go on the downslide. If anything, she continues to rise to the highest ranks of being an actress. And as she approaches her 80s, the 74-year-old has no qualms about being herself as she ages gracefully, especially when the inevitable end of the line approaches - death.
“Well, yes, and why not? It’s not something you can hide from at my age and why not have an open discussion and see death as full of life and a celebration of liberation,” she said to Mirror UK. “I want to continue with passion for life and love until the last days. I see life as a gift and I enjoy it. I embrace it.”
In true Helen Mirren style, she knows what she wants from life - to live it fully, to love her husband and to laugh at the moments that brighten up life.