Don't be so shocked, Helen Mirren's apparent lack of sentiment isn't one sided. Since she's admitted to marrying for financial reasons, it comes as little surprise that her marriage isn't littered with romantic gestures.
'Taylor and I aren't remotely romantic with each other. And actually we appreciate the lack of romance in the other person," she explained to The Daily Mail about her relationship with Taylor Hackford. "I'd be completely horrified if Taylor gave me a Valentine's card! That's not our sort of relationship at all - we would pour cold water on that sort of thing." The pair were wed on New Year's Eve, 1997, but not in the throws of an all-encompassing love. "We even forget to get each other birthday presents - I'm always thinking the day before, "Oh, I must get Taylor something for his birthday." Without being corny, we try simply to be considerate to each other every day rather than lavishing each other with gifts," she says.
Several years ago, Miss Mirren admitted she only married for 'economic' reasons. She said: "In the end, with our two families becoming very close, there was no longer any reason for us not to be married. And anyway, the estate laws of both our countries preferred us to be married. It was never my intention to marry anybody. Economics are basically the only reason to get married, but I'm very glad I did it."