Helen Mirren's Acting Secret: Padded Knickers!

02/21/2007 at 11:30 AM ET

Honoree Helen Mirren, who received the Distinguished Actor Award 2007 at Saturday night’s 9th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Gala, was rumored to be sick when she was a no-show on the red carpet. She snuck inside with her husband Taylor Hackford, who witnessed his wife receive a standing ovation from the adoring crowd. Mirren admitted – as she’s admitted many times before – that she cried when she first saw her wardrobe for The Queen, saying, “I can’t be the person who wants to wear these clothes!” But she credits her costume designer, Consolata Boyle who picked up an award (Excellence in Contemporary Film), too, for making the costume as beautiful on the inside before adding, “Of course padded knickers helped!”

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deb on

Has anyone seen the Queen lately? She is quite dumpy(that good old German bloodline does it everytime) and a tad on the frumpy side(THE UNIFORM – dress coat, dress, nude stockings, gloves, hat, necklace, shoulderpin, matching shoes and handbag). Helen Mirren is sleek and elegant. How else would you achieve the look without padding? I’m sure Helen wasn’t interested in doing a “Bridgette Jones” even if she did win an Oscar for the role.

R on

That was nice.
I’ve heard Hellen say before about the dull wardrobe and how much she dreaded looking at it at first. I guess that’s what makes her a good actress; that she was able to look past all the external factors and really relate internally with the character.

cate on

i think helen mirren is one of the most amazing actresses around. the fact that she is willing to put on clotes that will make her look dumpy in order to honor someone she loves makes her an amazing person as well. good for you, helen!

rachel b. on

an amazing woman that came from a middle class London family and made her career into theater and acting. her mom encouraged her to be independent and that she did successfully. Helen Mirren is a winner!

G on

hey…isn’t that dress the same as what Helen wore to the Emmys Award September last year?

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