Helen Mirren loved filming The Hundred-Foot Journey as she always wanted to be a French actress.
The 69-year-old star admitted that her new film role as a restaurant boss in the South of France is the character she most relates to.
Speaking to HELLO! magazine, Mirren said: ''What I loved about [The Hundred-Foot Journey] - I could pretend I was a French actress for the first time in my life.''
She added: ''When I was growing up in my teens, the French just seemed to be the coolest, most chic people on the planet and I desperately wanted to be French. I got myself a French boyfriend and that was the closest I could get to it.
''I did a film in France and I loved being there. I rented a little garret and it was literally one room on the top of a house on the Left Bank and it was very bohemian. I thought I would literally just go to Paris and just sit there until I became a French actress.''