Meet Elfriede Wolf, the grandma who grabbed George Clooney’s chin at TIFF

Ontario grandmother speaks out after cheeky viral photo with George Clooney at TIFF
WATCH: Ontario grandmother speaks out after cheeky viral photo with George Clooney at TIFF

Elfriede Wolf charmed the world with the simplest gesture: grabbing A-list actor George Clooney‘s chin during a Toronto International Film Festival red carpet. She never could have predicted the media storm that would follow.

Within hours, the photo went viral and a full-on search for her had begun. News outlets scoured the city for any trace of the woman who bravely grabbed Clooney’s face.

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Global News anchor and producer Susan Hay caught up with Wolf at her Oakville, Ont. home for an exclusive interview, to find out what the octogenarian had to say about her big moment (besides it being all-too-brief).

“It happened too quick,” said Wolf. “I couldn’t even comprehend it. It just happened so quickly. I was on the fence there, like everybody else… he walked and greeted the people. Nothing was planned at all. We just came for the film festival.”

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It turns out Wolf’s daughter Brigitte is “in love” with Clooney, and was one of the reasons Wolf got a hold of him.

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“She thought maybe she could get a glimpse of George Clooney,” Wolf continued. “When he got closer, I said, ‘George, my daughter is in love with you.’ He said, ‘Oh my God.’ He reached his hand over, and before we knew it, he held my hand and smiled. That’s when I [grabbed his chin].”

At the end of the interview, Hay presented Wolf with a framed photograph of the red-carpet moment. When Hay asked where she’s going to hang it, Wolf slyly replied, “Over my bed.”

(You can watch their interaction in the video, top.)

— With files from Susan Hay

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