Spending every waking hour with your significant other is not the key to a happy marriage – at least for Helen Mirren and her husband, Taylor Hackford.
“The thing is to allow the other person freedom to do what they want to do, which is so important,” Mirren tells PEOPLE. “Let them do it. Encourage them and support them and vice versa.”
The 69-year-old, who wed the Oscar-winning director in 1997 after 11 years together, adds, “It doesn t work if it only goes one way. It’s got to go two ways.”