Helen Mirren says she loves this celebrity ex "deeply to date"

The two actors fell for each other on the set of their 1981 film.

You certainly know his films, but you may not know his romantic story before marrying the directorTaylor Hackfordin 1997. Since the start of her acting career in the 1960s,Helen Mirren played on stage, on television and on the big screen, including in the moviesThe Queen andGosford Park, and even theFast and Furious franchise. Towards the start of his film career, Mirren fell for one of his co-stars, and they ended up living together and in a serious relationship. The relationship started on the set of one of his first films, and today, he is one of the biggest movie stars there is.

In a new interview withAARP: the magazine,,Mirren opened About the relationship and said that she still loved her ex "deeply to date". Read the rest to find out more about this romance from the 80s.

Read this then:Natasha Richardson refused to marry Liam Neeson if he did that.

Mirren and Liam Neeson met on the set.

Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren in
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Mirren played in the 1981 medieval fantastic filmExcalibur. He also turned out to be the first major role for the Irish actorLiam Neeson. She played Morgana Le Fay to her Sir Gawain.

"I fell in love with Helen Mirren,"Neeson said CBS News in 2014. "Oh my God. Can you imagine riding a horse in brilliant armor costumes, having sword fights and things, and you fall in love with Helen Mirren? That's not better than that."

After falling on each other on the set, the couple went out for four years and even lived together before separating.

Their careers played a role in their separation.

Helen Mirren photographed in 1979
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In 1994, Mirren spoke of their split and said that their careers had contributed to it.

"It was difficult for him to be under my shadow,"she said The New York Times(Going throughIn the style). "I was well known; I had the money." She explained that she "had the feeling of Liam that it was time for him to get out of under my wing ... He managed it with great elegance and thanks. We loved each other. It was difficult to let go."

The actors have both passed to new relationships. After the split, Mirren began to go out with Hackford, and they got married in 1997. Neeson married his late wife, actorNatasha Richardson, in 1994, and they welcomed two children together. She died in 2009.

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She always has love for him.

Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London relaunch in 2019
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Mirren saidAarpthat they remained on good terms.

"We loved each other," she said. "We were not supposed to be together this way, but we loved very, a lot. I love him deeply to this day. He is such an incredible guy."

She also said that she liked to make men's shirts and tended to make them for her boyfriend. "All my boyfriends had to make a shirt," she said. "I did one for Liam, strangely."

They had a touching meeting in a talk show a few years ago.

In 2018, Mirren and Neeson appeared onThe Graham Norton show Together andspoken of their past romance. Asked about Neeson's dating, Mirren replied: "We did not go out. We lived together ... We were a serious article for a while."

Neeson told the story of the first time he met Mirren on theExcalibur Position. "She went to a hundred meters, disguised in Morgana Le Fay. And [Co-Star]Ciarán [Hinds]"He is my older friend, and we both went," [explanive] ". So I was struck. ""

This story was news for Mirren. "I never knew that," she said. "You never told me before. It's incredible."

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