Helen Mirren says she chased a bear away while in quarantine

By Zach Harper

Helen Mirren says she chased a bear away while in quarantine

Helen Mirren is the only person to ever win the "Triple Crown of Acting" in both the United States and the United Kingdom, having captured a Tony, Emmy and Oscar stateside and a BAFTA Film Award, BAFTA Television Award and Olivier award in her home country. She might also be the only Hollywood star to ever make a bear go away simply by telling it to leave.

The 75-year-old appeared at the 2021 SAG Awards to present the Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture prize and shared a hilarious anecdote before revealing The Trial of the Chicago 7 had won.

"I did have a bit of a meeting with a bear," she said of her time quaranting in Nevada, saying it had visited her bird feeder.

"I was so excited to see a bear, but then, of course, you can't allow bears to get too familiar with human beings because they are wild animals. So, I chased him away."

Bears are also known to be royal symbols, having appeared in many heralds from England to Spain from the Middle Ages to present. So perhaps it's not surprising the woman who has portrayed the Queen, Queen Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great had a meeting with one!

At the 2020 Berlinale International Film Festival, Helen Mirren won the Honorary Golden Bear award recognizing her lifetime achievement in acting. Photo: © Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images

"I shooed the bear away," she said of how she scared the creature off. "I told him he was a naughty bear. He was a young bear, so I just said, 'No, naughty bear! Go on. Go away! Off you go!' You're supposed to make yourself as big as possible and say, 'Bad bear! Bad bear!' 'Cause it was not a big bear, just a smaller bear, I just said, 'You naughty bear! Go on! Go away!'"

Helen's bit at the SAGs also involved her sharing other anecdotes about animals, including riding a camel, and how chipmunks and squirrels – in addition to the bear – have also been visiting her bird feeder in Nevada.

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