It was in Los Angeles attending Fast and Furious 7's World Premiere in April 2, 2015 when we first saw Helen Mirren publicly asking Vin Diesel for an opportunity to become part of the cast to the next Fast and Furious' instalment, if it was a Fast 8 in the future.
At that specific time Helen used ET's reporter to calls Vin Diesel's attention about her interest to be included in the cast (please see video below), saying: "Vin take your act together"
Later on we also heard about at cocktail party at Helen's home, were Vin was invited and she bagged him about her dream to become a Fast and Furious active team mate.
And all her "shameless bagging" works wonders because Vin Diesel finally confirmed that she was included to the saga. Below Vin Diesel and Helen Mirren filming Fast 8 (Dom Toretto and Queenie Shaw).
Vin Diesel himself was the one who recalled the above story to Total Film, explaining that the Oscar-winning actress bee-lined straight for the Fast & The Furious stalwart at a glitzy party, and the rest, as they say, is history. Vin Diesel remarked:
"People don't know that I'm the one working for a year beforehand with the writers and coming up with the story. She came up to me at a party last year and said, 'I want to be in Fast & Furious with you.' The script was [already] greenlit, but she told the right person, because a week later she got written in".
Helen Mirren and Vin Diesel filming Fast 9
Since then Helen Mirren was included in Fate of the Furious (Fast 8, 2017), Hobbs and Shaw (2019) and Fast 9 (2021), where finally she drove Vin Diesel into her car.
Vin Diesel and Helen Mirren at London during Fast 9's filming scenes.
Helen Mirren was born on July 26, 1946, in Hammersmith, London. She is the daughter of Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda Rogers (1909-1996), and Vasily Petrovich Mirónov (1913-1980). She had two brothers. Her mother was English and her father was Russian, originally from Kuryanovo, Smolensk Oblast.
Helen with a solid theatrical training, won at the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and at the experimental Center for Theater Research founded by Peter Brook, has had a storied career. A winner of an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmys and so many other accolades. Helen's even achieved the known esteemed Triple Crown of Acting (winning an Academy Award, Emmy, and a Tony). Yet it came down to her having to bagged to Vin Diesel, to land her a place in the Fast & Furious family saga.