updated 09/01/2008 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/02/2008 AT 9:00 AM ET
Helen Mirren makes some startling revelations – she was date raped more than once and has tried several illegal drugs – in a revealing new interview with the British edition of GQ.
“I was, yes. A couple of times,” the Oscar-winning Queen actress says in the October issue, recalling her experiences being raped as a youth in London. “Not with excessive violence, or being hit, but rather being locked in a room and made to have sex against my will.”
And while Mirren defended a woman’s right to say “no” at any point, she’s not always in favor of reporting such attacks.
“I don’t think [a woman] can have that man into court under those circumstances,” she continued, “It’s such a tricky area, isn’t it? Especially if there is no violence. I mean, look at Mike Tyson. I don’t think he was a rapist.”
Mirren, 63, also admits she took illegal drugs – including marijuana and LSD – as a teen. “I loved coke,” she continues. “I never did a lot, just a little bit at parties.” (She also says she hasn’t touched the drug in more than 20 years.)
“Dope always made me feel miserable and paranoid and unhappy,” she adds. “And I woke up one day and thought, ‘No more of that, thank you.’ ”
Mirren also, according to the Associated Press, used to steal during her “very poor” youth. “I needed to shoplift for food,” she says and, even now that she’s wealthy, still has frugal instincts, including cutting her own hair and wearing dollar-store glasses.
In less scandalous news, the actress also opens up about finally meeting Queen Elizabeth II, whom she depicted in her Oscar-winning performance.
“She said, ‘Hello, it’s lovely to meet you,” Mirren said of their encounter at the Royal Ascot horseracing event earlier this year. “And that was about it, other than horsey chat.”
She also spoke with the Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, who “just talked about the sandwiches.”