“I was always afraid. Always,” the Trumbo actress tells PEOPLE. “It’s not fun to be on a film set and be one of the only ones naked.”
Mirren says the only time she didn’t mind doing a nude scene was in the graphic 1979 film Caligula.
“Everyone was naked in that. It was like showing up for a nudist camp every day. You felt embarrassed if you had your clothes on in that movie.”
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But Mirren says her past nude scenes are nothing compared to what is seen in films today.
“It has become so commonplace now,” says Mirren.