Helen Mirren says her marriage to Taylor Hackford ‘normal’ amid pandemic travel rules

Helen Mirren has said her marriage has been made ‘normal’ and it’s been ‘great’ to spend lots of time ‘bonding’ with her husband Taylor Hackford amid the pandemic. 

The actress, 75, explained how she and her director partner, 76, usually jet around the world for work but have stayed home for much of the last year.

Reflecting on how their relationship has changed because of travel restrictions in a new interview with The Telegraph’s Stella Magazine, the star said they’ve enjoyed getting to experience have ‘what most people have’.  

Soaking it up: Helen Mirren has said her marriage has become 'normal' after Covid travel rules meant she couldn't travel much for work amid the pandemic (pictured in 2020)

Soaking it up: Helen Mirren has said her marriage has become 'normal' after Covid travel rules meant she couldn't travel much for work amid the pandemic (pictured in 2020)

Soaking it up: Helen Mirren has said her marriage has become ‘normal’ after Covid travel rules meant she couldn’t travel much for work amid the pandemic (pictured in 2020)

Helen explained that despite being married for ’30-something years’, they’ve not really had the chance to spend such a long period of time together.

She said: ‘In all that time [their marriage] because of the nature of both of our work we’ve always been looking at suitcases, at packing. 

‘We have literally never spent this amount of time together. [The year] could have been disastrous but has actually been fantastic. 

‘It’s been really great to just sort of have what most people have. You know, normal, regular, repetitive lives, but comfortable lives.’

Couple: The actress, 75, explained how she and her director partner, 76, have spent much of their married life jetting around the world for work (pictured together in January 2020)

Couple: The actress, 75, explained how she and her director partner, 76, have spent much of their married life jetting around the world for work (pictured together in January 2020)

Couple: The actress, 75, explained how she and her director partner, 76, have spent much of their married life jetting around the world for work (pictured together in January 2020)

The star added that she and Taylor, who live in Lake Tahoe, have been able to grow closer during the pandemic, saying it’s been a great ‘bonding experience.’ 

Helen and Taylor have been married for 24 years, after tying the knot in 1997. He has been wed twice before and has two children.

The actress and director were also  together for 11 years before saying I do.

It comes after the actress insisted that she is ‘fine’ with looking her age and ruled out ever getting plastic surgery. 

The Oscar-winning actress also admitted that she would ‘love to look 20 years younger’ but she ‘doesn’t’ and ‘never will’. 

Loved-up: Helen also said that she and Taylor, who live in Lake Tahoe, have been able to grew closer during the pandemic, saying it's been a great 'bonding experience' (pictured in 2020)

Loved-up: Helen also said that she and Taylor, who live in Lake Tahoe, have been able to grew closer during the pandemic, saying it's been a great 'bonding experience' (pictured in 2020)

Loved-up: Helen also said that she and Taylor, who live in Lake Tahoe, have been able to grew closer during the pandemic, saying it’s been a great ‘bonding experience’ (pictured in 2020)

Helen said that ‘ageing gracefully’ should be about ‘accepting who you are’ as opposed to plastic surgery.   

She told The Mirror: ‘I’m old! And I look it. And that’s just fine.’ 

Helen said that she doesn’t know what ‘ageing gracefully’ means but it seems to mean not having plastic surgery. 

She added: ‘We seem to have got to a point where it means not having plastic surgery, though I should have thought there’d be more to it than that. To me it’s more about accepting who you are and what you are and going with it.

 ‘Obviously I try to look as nice as I can – and I’d love to look 20 years younger. But I don’t and I never will.’

Radiant: It comes after Helen insisted that she is 'fine' with looking her age and ruled out ever getting plastic surgery (pictured in February 2020)

Radiant: It comes after Helen insisted that she is 'fine' with looking her age and ruled out ever getting plastic surgery (pictured in February 2020)

Radiant: It comes after Helen insisted that she is ‘fine’ with looking her age and ruled out ever getting plastic surgery (pictured in February 2020)  

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