"I looked at that photo, I swear to you, I looked at that photo and thought, maybe if I exercise I could look like that," the Daily Express quoted her as telling columnists Richard and Judy on TV as they discussed the photo. "I started exercising the next day. I was doing sit-ups and thought 'Oooh, maybe I'll actually look like that if I do exercise'. But I don't," she added.
Mirren also insisted that she did not take to any fancy diets or personal trainers to make her look the way she did.