INTERNATIONAL GIRLS: Eleanor Lawrence On Why Americans Suck At Geography And Boys Love Accents
Just like Trey Songz and Justin Bieber, we love our foreign girls and we wanted you to get to know them (and where they came from) just a little bit better. Each week, we’re asking these passport yielding babes about their aspirations, Instagram game and what they think about this bizarre place we call America and why they decided to make it their final destination. Imagine their culture shock when they realized Donald Trump or Kanye could so easily run for president. If you hail from a faraway land and would like to let us know what you think, submit this survey and your cutest Instagram pic to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured.
Name: Eleanor Lawrence
Age: Crossed over to the other side a year ago.
Where I’m from: London
Now I live: Los Angeles
Why I moved: The other W that Kendrik Lemar doesn’t mention when he says ‘they come for women, weed and weather’…Work.
Who I am, basically: A comedy writer and actor. I once did a Buzzfeed quiz which said my perfect boyfriend was pizza.
I only speak in my proper South London accent when I’m angry.
What’s the weirdest American slang you’ve picked up since moving here? A ‘tramp’ is a slut here, for Brits a ‘tramp’ is a homeless person. This caused some confusion when I referred to myself as ‘dressing like a tramp when I write’.
My favorite food from the UK is a traditional British fry up breakfast. Oh no, that’ll be all I think about now.
Favorite song ATM: Hello – and not just because Adele’s a fellow Londoner.
Biggest culture shock moment: Having to pay $99 to find out I don’t, in fact, have a bladder infection.
What my parents just don’t get about American culture: (My mum) ‘The discrepancy between stick thin people in LA who live on shredded kale and exercise obsessively and the obese Americans who eat gigantic portions and will get in their car to drive round the block’.
The dumbest thing a guy has said to me about my culture while attempting to flirt with me: ‘I love your accent, God I wish I had an accent.’
Favorite thing to post on Insta? My ancient basset hound Brutus.
An American stereotype I’ve found to be 100% true: The majority of Americans don’t have a vast knowledge of other cultures. Someone asked me what Denmark was the other day.
Worst thing about American guys/girls: That they can’t pronounce my name and won’t adapt to say it how my mother intended. It’s Eleanor, like in the song Eleanor Rigby, not ElaNORRRR.
Best thing? How pro active they are, I love being around it. Nobody hustles like an American.
Donald Trump, Kanye West, or Hillary Clinton for president? Hils. I’d have mental health problems if I said either of other two.
Illustration by Grace Tame.
For more witty bantor, her ancient basset hound and hopefully a geography lesson, follow Eleanor on Instagram.