'Be on time and don't be an a**hole' - Helen Mirren’s life advice

Homage Helen Mirren - Honorary Golden Bear Award Ceremony - 70th Berlinale International Film Festival

British superstar Helen Mirren shared her life advice with Reuters - and it was blunt.

"Be on time and don't be an asshole. To anyone at any time. Whatever, however old they are," Mirren said when asked what she would tell her younger self when starting out in the business.

Mirren is the recipient of an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement in the 2020 edition of the Berlinale film festival.

"I hope it's not the end. It might be the end of one thing, but hopefully the beginning of something else," Mirren said of the prize, which was officially awarded at a ceremony on Thursday.

Mirren, 74, won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007 for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen and has received several accolades during a career spanning five decades.

She has also praised the #MeToo generation of young women for taking control of their destiny and refusing to accept inequality.

Applauding the increased visibility of women in the film industry in recent years she said, "I wish it had happened when I was 25. Honestly, I'm a bit cross that it's taken this long."

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