In a class of her own: Helen Mirren proves she's regally stylish AND still loves pink as she dons fuchsia sandals for a photocall

By Marc Andrews

She's played the Queen on a number of occasions and considered not just theatre but acting royalty, so little wonder Helen Mirren looked regal and stylish when she stepped out for a photocall for her new movie.

In Los Angeles to promote The Hundred-Foot Journey, the 68-year-old actor proved that she still loves a hint of pink too, as she donned a pair of bright fuchsia T-bar sandals to add a hot pop of colour to her gorgeous white lace dress.

The actress looked relaxed and in fine form as she mugged for the press and seemed more than happy to have photos taken of her toes - painted a similar pinkish shade to her funky footwear.

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In the Pink of Things: Helen Mirren smiles as she shows off her funky fuchsia footwear...and toenails

In the Pink of Things: Helen Mirren smiles as she shows off her funky fuchsia footwear...and toenails

The Hundred-Foot Journey is an comedy/drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, the man responsible all those years ago for ABBA's groundbreaking music videos.

 

The story centeres on an Indian family who moves to France and opens an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory, played by Helen.

On her character, the star confessed, 'As a Brit, we’ve always looked at the French and [wondered], "Why do they never look untidy?" We’ve got a terrific inferiority complex when it comes to them.'

Regally dressed: Helen wore a gorgeous white lace dress for her photocall in LA

Regally dressed: Helen wore a gorgeous white lace dress for her photocall in LA

  

The movie has been produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

'Food allows to blend cultures and gives ability peek in other's life. It is about a hundred foot divide between cultures,' Oprah declared about the book on which the script is based.

'It’s about human beings coming to understand other human beings and more importantly, after you get to experience or step into somebody else’s shoes or see them for a real human being, how you understand that you’re really more alike than you are different.'

Pop of colour: Helen showed she's still got a keen sense of style with her bright footwear and toenails

Pop of colour: Helen showed she's still got a keen sense of style with her bright footwear and toenails

The film is based on a novel The Hundred-Foot Journey written by Richard C. Morais and being released in the US on August 8 and in the UK on September 12.

Meanwhile, with her acting career busier than ever, Dame Helen has better things to do with her time than sit in a hair salon.That's why the Oscar winner sometimes trims her own locks, she told the August issue of Redbook.

'I can’t handle going to the hairdresser every six weeks,' the Queen star confessed. 'So I only go about once a year. In between, I get out the scissors and do something, usually rather disastrously.'

Hot new movie: In The Hundred-Foot Journey Helen plays a feisty French Madame

Hot new movie: In The Hundred-Foot Journey Helen plays a feisty French Madame

Shockingly the London native also revealed, 'Sometimes I’ll even chop my hair the morning of a big red carpet event.'

Helen has pulled off many hairstyles in the past few years, including pink hair. While on The Tonight Show in 2013 she told Jay Leno she was inspired by a contestant on America’s Next Top Model.

Helen explained, 'Obviously I got the idea that it washes out very easily, so I thought it would be fun to have pink hair. I’m too old to ask people permission to do things anymore.'

Star attraction: Helen also wore some shiny star earrings as her one concession to bling

Star attraction: Helen also wore some shiny star earrings as her one concession to bling

Also in her Redbook interview the Red star admitted she does not require a glam squad for her day-to-day makeup look.

'I don’t really know what a beauty routine is,' Helen said. 'I don’t have one quite honestly.'

That doesn't mean she skips lipstick. I wear makeup every day. I love putting it on, and I get really into it: a little of this here, a little bit of that there,' Helen declared, 'but then I stand back and look in the mirror and it’s awful! So I take it all off because I’ve gotten too anal about it.'

The ageless beauty said she didn't think women should pile on as much paint as they age.

And the Oscar goes to...Helen pulls one of her faces usually reserved for when she's playing The Queen

And the Oscar goes to...Helen pulls one of her faces usually reserved for when she's playing The Queen

'It’s absolutely true that as you get older, you have to wear less and less makeup,' the Caligula star added. 'You can get away with naked eyes if you’ve got red lips. Or red lips and sunglasses.'
When she does look for the latest makeup trends, the Red star can be found in a drugstore cosmetics aisle.

Mirren - who has been married to director Taylor Hackford since 1997 - revealed her priciest favorite:

'One thing I consistently use is Latisse [the prescription lash-growth serum]. It really works, and if your eyelashes look great, you can let a lot of other things be crap,' she declared. 'I’m a great believer in drugstore products. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get quality stuff nowadays. A brand like L’Oréal has amazing technology.'


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Such sandals can look good on perfect feet only, she must be blind or again she tries to look like ordinary people as the last time, when she justified using f word. Dame!

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Not crazy about the dress or the shoes, the dress looks like it was made from my mother's crocheted bedspread and the shoes .... not right for those feet. Love Helen Mirren though, she doesn't get it wrong very often.

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She looks fantastic. A class act!!

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Great actress! Love her! Love the dress!

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The dress is beautiful, as is Helen Mirren - but the sandals don't fit! Sack the stylist

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very photogenic - i would have picked different shoes- l love her dress...

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Don't know if I'll ever get over seeing that lower leg shot.

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Love her, but what's with the sandals!, it ruins the whole outfit.

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Not the sandals per se ... it's the feet in the sandals that really shouldn't see the light of day.

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She always looks elegant, love her style.

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The sandals are a bit big aren't they?!

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