"I'm still the good girl who wants to be a bad girl," the Telegraph quoted her as telling New York magazine. "But I'll never make it as a bad girl... I'm not a prude or a moralist and I never have been, but I'm too fearful, too much of a wimp, really," she added.
Appearing in the notorious 1979 film Caligula, Dame Helen admitted that she learnt to use her sexuality to her advantage early in her career. "A lot of it is plain, old-fashioned practicality. I wanted to work. When I did Caligula, for example, I hadn't really done movies," she explained.
She added, "But I was kind of a trailblazer because I demanded to do it my own way. I'd say, I'm not having it put on me by someone else. I didn't want to be the sort of puritanical good girl with a little white collar who says, Don't ---- until you get married."