Mirren's Marriage Lacks Romance
DAME HELEN MIRREN's husband TAYLOR HACKFORD never makes any romantic gestures - because she prefers him to be "manly".
The Oscar-winning star has been married to the filmmaker for 12 years, and she's happy Hackford fails to give her corny presents as his loyalty is more important.
She says, "Taylor isn't romantic, but what I get on the other side is so much better. Loyalty and truthfulness and, you know, manliness in the proper sense. I'd take those qualities over a romantic evening with a bulls**ter any time.
"I have the incredible advantage of having a husband who is both loyal and understanding, and in response I give him back loyalty and understanding, too. We couldn't be married without that. I admire my husband, which is essential. I don't think you can fall in love with someone just because you admire them. But I don't think, either, that you can fall in love with someone unless you admire them in the first place. And I admire my husband considerably."