Julie Andrews Once Surprised Tourists in the Swiss Hills as She Sang 'The Sound of Music' to Herself

"It was hilarious, it really was," Julie Andrews said of the inadvertent surprise she gave a group of tourists on Seth and Josh Meyers' podcast

<p>Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty; Snap/Shutterstock </p> Julie Andrews

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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews once accidentally gave a group of tourists in Switzerland a moment to remember.

On a recent episode of Seth Meyers' podcast with his brother Josh Meyers, Family Trips with the Meyers Brothers, Andrews, 88, made an appearance alongside her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.

During the podcast episode, the iconic Sound of Music star recalled that she once was singing one of the movie's most memorable songs, "The Hills are Alive/The Sound of Music," while out for a walk in Switzerland as she happened upon several tourists she did not realize were in the area.

"I was about to go to do some concerts, particularly some in Las Vegas and before that in London. I had to get myself in shape, I had to get my voice in shape and all kinds of things," she recalled, while telling the podcast's co-hosts of her family's longtime home in Switzerland.

"There is never anybody really in the area where we are, and so I began to sing 'The Hills Are Alive' rather loudly [during my walk]," she said. "And a whole group of Japanese tourists came up and over the hill with all their cameras, looking very puzzled. It was hilarious, it really was. But it resonated with me so much, that moment."

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<p>20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection</p> Julie Andrews in 1965's The Sound of Music

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Julie Andrews in 1965's The Sound of Music

Andrews' 1965 movie The Sound of Music, based on the musical of the same name, is famously set in Salzburg, Austria and Switzerland. The film follows Andrew's character Maria, a governess who endears herself to the von Trapp family and falls in love with patriarch Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer).

In response to Andrews' story, Seth, 50, joked that the tourists who witnessed Andrews sing one ofThe Sound of Music's numbers must have assumed she was a paid Julie Andrews look-a-like.

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"No one would think it's the real [Julie Andrews], they're like, 'I'm sure it's just someone they hire,' he said.

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Moviestore/Re/Rex Shutterstock Julie Andrews in 1965's The Sound of Music
Moviestore/Re/Rex Shutterstock Julie Andrews in 1965's The Sound of Music

Andrews' starring role in The Sound of Music and another classic in 1964's Mary Poppins made her one of the biggest stars of that decade. She won the Best Actress Academy Award at the 37th Oscars in 1965 for the latter movie and was nominated again the following year for The Sound of Music.

In a 2022 interview with Vanity Fair, Andrews credited her costar in that movie, Plummer, who died at 91 in 2015, with giving the movie "its glue."

"He was the firm, stern, father of children and the antagonist that I had to work with," she said at the time, speaking to the pair's decades-long friendship. "Chris was such a wonderful actor."

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