“Girls who work in the sex industry, they put themselves out of their bodies. An actor does sort of the opposite. People say ‘Oh, you play someone else.’ I’m always playing myself. You can only do it by going into yourself, in the deepest, most terrifying way. Not to say I haven’t ever prostituted myself quite often and happily. But in my heart it’s very serious.” DAME Helen Mirren on the intimacy of acting.