Imagine, if you will, being at a premiere with Meryl Streep, Andy Garcia, and—drumroll—Cher. Now imagine hearing, from across the room, Cher’s unmistakable voice calling out to you with these unforgettable words: “Hey, you high-kicking bitch!” Hearing this would make you not only extremely lucky, but also Christine Baranski on Monday night.
As the actress told Seth Meyers on Wednesday’s Late Night, the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again cast’s press tour has been a bit of a whirlwind—one that culminated with the film’s premiere in London. Images from the premiere have been regaling social media all week—particularly the one of Streep and Cher kissing—but Baranski shared a story that couldn’t be captured on camera.
In both the original Mamma Mia! film and its sequel, which debuts this Friday, Baranski pulls off some seriously impressive high kicks. As Baranski told Meyers, that move comes courtesy of her “one good leg,” as she smashed the kneecap on her other one while prepping for a musical. (As Meyers quipped, “They say all you really need in Hollywood is one good leg.”) Apparently, Baranski’s flexibility impressed even the Queen of Comebacks, who made sure to say so during the premiere.
“[Cher] was across the room,” Baranski recalled, “and I had my favorite Cher moment. It was just mine alone. She actually, across the [premiere party], she went, ‘Hey, you high-kicking bitch!’”
Naturally, Baranski wasn’t the only one to walk away from the production with a great Cher story. Just before Baranski appeared on Late Night, Amanda Seyfried, hanging out with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, offered her own story. This one, however, was a little more embarrassing.
“She’s the funniest, most honest person I’ve ever met,” Seyfried said of her legendary co-star. “I was so nervous; I was so intimidated that the first day I met her, I didn’t want to be in her way,’ so I said, ‘Hey, it’s so nice to meet you; I play Sophie; I’m your granddaughter; so excited that you’re here; boy, it’s gonna be so fun! I gotta go. I’ll let you to it.’” With that, Seyfried recalls, she scurried away, terrified of making a nuisance of herself. Apparently, Cher wasn’t quite sure how to interpret it.
“The next day, we were shooting, and she was like, ‘I just didn’t think you wanted to hang out with me! You were so quick to leave,’” Seyfried recalled Cher saying. Seyfried was quick to say it was just the opposite—everyone on set wanted to hang out with Cher. “From what I’ve heard, and from what she said,” Seyfried said, “she had the best time ever.” As they say, all’s well that ends well—especially if a high kick is involved.