It's hard to say anything bad about Helen Mirren. She's a terrific actress, having been nominated for several Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes over the years, and, if you've read any of her interviews, seems to be have a genuinely nice, charismatic personality.

A perfect example of this is her recent Q+A with Esquire, where she talks about everything from Shakespeare to the best compliment she has ever received (it was from Leonardo DiCaprio) to her thoughts on spirituality. A few of Helen's choice quotes from the piece are below.

On the best compliment she's ever received:
"Right after winning the Oscar, when everyone was going home, they let these little gold Oscary shapes flutter down from the ceiling. Leonardo DiCaprio came over, bowed down, and kissed my hand. It was the most fabulous moment -- such a lovely gesture. He didn't say anything."

On actors who are good at "dying" on camera:
"It's hard to stop breathing, and inevitably you get an itchy nose or something. The trick of dying onstage is to make sure you do it behind the sofa or in a dark corner."

On partying:
"I don't throw a lot of parties. I find throwing parties a bit intimidating. What makes a good one? Loads and loads of drink, I suppose. But that can be a disaster as well."

On fashion:
"[It] is insane. You can spend a dollar on a jacket in a thrift store. And you can spend a thousand dollars on a jacket in a shop. And if you saw those two jackets walking down the street, you probably wouldn't know which was which."

On the being directed by her husband, director Taylor Hackford:

"[It] is difficult. But it's fabulous to go home and sleep with the director."

[via Esquire]