updated 06/30/2010 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/30/2010 AT 3:30 PM ET
Taylor Hackford was pleasantly surprised when he flipped open New York Magazine to find images of his wife, Helen Mirren, nude in a bathtub.
“She said she did a photo session with New York magazine,” Hackford told PEOPLE at Tuesday’s New York premiere of Love Ranch, which he directed. “I had no idea what they were until I saw them in the magazine.”
The photos, which Hackford says he “loved,” correspond with Mirren’s role in Love Ranch as the madame of a legalized brothel.