Pamela Gocobachi
January 31, 2014 AT 09:35 PM EST

When Helen Mirren showed up at Harvard University to accept the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year award this week, the last thing she was probably expecting to do was twerk on stage in front of hundreds of people, but that’s exactly what happened.

Yes, you read that right, Dame Helen Mirren pulled a page out of twerk queen Miley Cyrus’ book and good-naturedly complied when one of Harvard’s Hasty Pudding drama troupe members presented her with the task of twerking on stage during the ceremony. Watch the video evidence below:


After the ceremony, the Oscar-winning actress revealed in an interview that this was — surprisingly — not the first time she had given twerking a go.

“I’ve tried in my bedroom in private, in front of the mirror very unsuccessfully but [it’s] absolutely humiliating to have to do it in public in front of a whole load of people,” admitted the actress with a laugh.”But I obviously couldn’t get out of it– it was an inevitable end to the whole preceding.”

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