Dakota Johnson opened on Friday about her family’s extreme love for cats during a home edition of The Graham Norton Show.
The 30-year-old Suspiria star revealed that her grandmother Tippi Hedren currently keeps ’13 or 14 lions and tigers’ at her home, although she once walked dozens of big cats around her house.
Johnson’s grandmother and her mother Melanie Griffith, 62, appeared with many of their cats in the injury-plagued 1981 film Roar.
Cat lady: Dakota Johnson, 30, revealed that her actress grandmother Tippi Hedren, 90, still keeps ’13 or 14 lions and tigers’ on her property even though she once roamed dozens freely
Johnson started the segment by confirming that her grandmother, who became famous in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964) before leaving largely Hollywood, was 90 years old and still roaming around, sparking Norton’s interest in her big cats .
“She has 13 or 14 lions and tigers,” said Johnson. “There used to be 60 cats, but now there are only a few.”
Norton shared some of Hedren’s stunning photos of the days when the cats roamed freely through her home and estate, including a famous photo of a huge tiger leaping through the window in her kitchen while she was on the phone.
Whoa: “She has 13 or 14 lions and tigers,” said Johnson. “There used to be 60 cats, but now there are only a few.” Hedren is best known for the lead role in The Birds (1963) for Alfred Hitchcock
Incredible: Norton shared a famous photo of a huge tiger leaping through the window in Hedren’s kitchen while receiving a call
“It’s what it is, it’s a tiger leaping through your kitchen window,” he said.
“It’s what it is,” Johnson joined her deadpan delivery, which caused a laugh from the host.
Norton also shared a famous photo of her mother Melanie Griffith as a teenager, when she jumped into her pool just like a male lion grabbed her leg to bite it.
“Oh yes, with the leg and mouth,” said Johnson, who was clearly familiar with it. “She hasn’t lost her leg,” she joked.
Absurd: “It’s what it is, it’s a tiger jumping through your kitchen window,” he said. “It’s what it is,” Johnson joined her deadpan delivery, which caused a laugh from the host
Laughing: He also shared a photo of her mother Melanie Griffith being attacked by a lion. “Oh yes, with the leg and mouth,” said Johnson, who was clearly familiar with it. “She hasn’t lost her leg,” she joked.
Cooled down: “By the time I was born, they were all in huge connections and it was a lot safer and not as psycho as when they first started,” she said.
Although she spent time with the big cats with her grandmother, she never experienced the thrill and danger of so many wild creatures roaming free.
“By the time I was born, they were all in huge buildings and it was a lot safer and it wasn’t as psycho as when they first started,” she said.
Roar, the movie in which Hedren and Griffith played with the wild animals, was released in 1981, more than 10 years after pre-production started.
The production included numerous injuries. A lion, named Kersen, bit Hedren’s head years before filming even started and cleared her skull.
It later scored the film’s cinematographer, Jan de Bont, and he needed 220 stitches before he could continue filming.
Johnson, who has been quarantined with her boyfriend Chris Martin of Coldplay since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, revealed in another interview with Extra earlier this week that she has been struggling with depression since her teens.
Getting Realistic: Dakota Johnson opened up since she was a teenager during an Extra TV interview earlier this week about struggling with depression
Her isolation without friends or family has also negatively impacted her mental health.
“You are at home, you are not with your friends, you are not with your family, you cannot do the things that make you feel worthwhile,” said Johnson. Additional while promoting her new movie, High Note.
“You’re more or less in this costume of depression, but you’re not sure if you feel that way,” she said.
Some of the things Johnson has practiced in the sequester to combat her mental health issues include meditation, walking, and “being kind to your body and your brain and yourself,” she revealed.
Calm down: Johnson revealed she was meditating, walking, and “kind to your body and your brain and yourself” while isolated; shown in 2018