Helen Mirren appreciates the art of pole dancing

Sep 23, 2011 at 1:55 p.m. ET

Helen Mirren a fan of pole dancing? You better believe it! The revered actress has an appreciation for "the ballet of it" along with a penchant for other "sexy stuff."

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren unabashedly likes "sexy stuff." While the 66-year-old doesn't quite understand how she came to be a sex symbol, she doesn't mind taking a look at a few fellow female stars.

"I like sexy stuff," Helen Mirren recently told The Times newspaper. "I like looking at sexy photos. I loved Madonna's Sex book and I love Gaga."

Thanks in part to being photographed in a hot red bikini three years ago Helen Mirren snagged the title of Best Body in 2011. How could that be? She believes the reason for her popularity and sultry image could be her own interest in -- and openness -- about sexiness.

"To be honest, I rather like watching pole dancing," Helen Mirren continued. "Not that I'm gay or anything, I just like the ballet of it."

The 66-year-old feels "haunted" by the infamous bikini picture and hopes that one photo won't overshadow her impressive body of work when she passes away. "I just hope they don't print that bikini photo on my obituary page," she laughed. "Imagine it. Helen Mirren passes - phwooar!"

Mirren, pictured here at the UK film premiere of The Debt in England on Wednesday, often gets asked to weigh in on aging and plastic surgery. "You go, 'I don't want to look at that face anymore,' and I understand that, absolutely," she has said previously. "I think people should be allowed to do whatever they want to make themselves feel happy."

Thus far she continues to remain surgery-free but maintains her open stance on the issue, saying, "I'm sure the time will come fairly soon when I feel the need for it."

Are you surprised to hear Helen Mirren is a fan of "sexy stuff" including pole dancing, Lady Gaga and Madonna's Sex book?

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