helen mirren

*A sight you probably thought you’d never see, esteemed British actress Helen MirrenDame Helen Mirren – twerking.

It happened inside the hallowed halls of Harvard University Thursday as she received the 2014 Hasty Pudding Award from the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the university’s prominent theater troop.

Granted, part of the group’s tradition is to make their Hasty Pudding recipients do out-of-character things. As part of her honor, Mirren was first driven around the streets of Cambridge, Mass., in a convertible alongside Hasty Pudding members dressed in drag – an annual tradition.


During the ceremony, however, she was required to twerk as part of a game on stage.  She hemmed and hawed at first, extremely reluctant to go there. But once the humiliation wore off – she twerked it.

Dame Helen also fielded a number of interesting questions including being asked who was the hottest actor she’d ever worked with – Harrison Ford; what her spirit animal is – a sloth; and who would win in a fight between her and Meryl Streep. “Meryl would win, definitely,” Mirren said. “She’s bigger, stronger and mentally stronger than I am.”

Watch her twerk below.

The “Red 2” star also revealed that she’s a big fan of Beyoncé.

“I think she’s quite extraordinary. I had the great opportunity to be on the same stage as her, not on the same time, but I was in the wings, at the Kennedy Center Honors, and she was performing, and I was kind of watching her prepare,” said Mirren.

“She had this incredible sense of concentration and energy and preparation. I was very impressed by that. Standing in the wings watching her was this explosion of energy. Quite spectacular.”

When asked what her advice was for “all the single ladies” out there, Mirren said the best thing to do is to relish your independence.