Anna Faris was 'banned' from New Zealand after catcalling incident

It must take a lot to be banned from one of the happiest and chilled places on earth, but Anna Faris has claimed she was once barred from returning to New Zealand.

The comedian and actor was in the nation filming her animated comedy Yogi Bear in 2010 when she had a run-in with catcallers, which ended up getting her on the no-no list.

Speaking on the Life Is Short podcast with Justin Long, the 42-year-old recalled receiving a letter from the Minister Of Tourism saying she apparently wasn’t welcome back in the country.

Anna said: ‘I didn’t get kicked out, that sounds so dramatic, I didn’t get kicked out.

‘I did Yogi Bear there and I was walking and it was a long shoot and there were days… most days I only said, “Yogi!” So, you know, very fulfilling.’

After filming, Anna said was invited to a Queens Of The Stone Age concert, which wasn’t really her bag, but she needed a little interaction off-set.

‘That’s not necessarily my jam but I left early, I had to go to bed,’ Anna added.

‘I was walking back… I was wearing jeans and a T-shirt and a backpack. And a car drives by and these dudes yell out like, “Show us your t**ts”, but in a New Zealand accent.’

Anna said it all ‘felt a little random’ but then another car drove past and its passengers apparently yelled out: ‘We wanna f**k your p***y.’


‘I recounted this story, because it was the only one I had, on this very short-lived George Lopez show,’ she added.

‘And then I got a letter from the Minister of Tourism Of New Zealand that I was no longer welcome in their country.’

After realising her comments about the incident may have been misunderstood, Anna wrote a letter to the minister, saying she jokingly wrote: ‘We have a lot of ding dongs here in America as well.’

All was soon resolved and she was allowed to visit the country, even filming an air safety video for Air New Zealand – basically, she’s a surrogate Kiwi.

Still, the former Prime Minister of NZ, John Key, who was also the Minister Of Tourism at the time said it would have been ‘unlikely’ a letter of this ilk would have been sent Anna.

Either way, makes for an entertaining podcast story.

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