INTERNATIONAL GIRLS: Sweden-Born Cherie Hansson Demystifies American Stereotypes
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: Chérie Hansson
Where I’m from: Vålberg, Värmland (Sweden); a rural habitat of some of the most redneckish Swedes.
Now I live: Santa Barbara, California.
Why I moved: I’ve known for as long as I can remember that I want to study/work with film in California, and when I found out about the film program at Santa Barbara City College almost 4 years ago I sent in an application and voila – here I am! …and well, duh, the climate of course.
Who I am, basically: I’m an artsy Swede who makes up stories and shoots people. Not because I’m a bad person, but because I make movies.
I only speak with a bad German accent when I’m tipsy and try to convince other Swedes that I’m not Swedish.
What’s the weirdest American slang you’ve picked up since moving here? Dude, bro, man etc… I even call my girlfriends dude. I’m such a bro.
My favorite food from Sweden is messmör. It’s a diary based spread with vanilla taste. Ohmy I really want it. Right now.
Favorite song ATM: You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates is playing atm, and it’s great af.
Biggest culture shock moment: Realizing that small talks with strangers is an every day thing here. (We don’t in Sweden, unless you want people to think you’re a crazy person.)
What my parents just don’t get about American culture: I guess how a-w-e-s-o-m-e it is, because they still haven’t visited.
The dumbest thing a guy has said to me about my culture while attempting to flirt with me: A guy asked me, in Swedish with a thick American accent, if I wanted to have a fika with him. Then he asked, “at my place or yours?” …followed by, “what does fika really mean?” (Fika is a holy Swedish pastime activity when you conversate over coffee/tea and something sweet/pastries with someone who’s company you profoundly enjoy.) So, thanks but no thanks.
Favorite thing to post on Insta? My studio photos, art and behind the scenes pictures from films I work on. Also some every-day-life snaps to keep my family updated.
An American stereotype I’ve found to be 100% true: Everything. It’s just like in the movies, man.
Worst thing about American guys/girls: Terrible taste in food. Mayo on this, hot sauce on that. Every single one of them that I tried to (force) feed Kalle’s Kaviar absolutely hated it, too… Just stick to your mayo, you.
Best thing? Open minded, easy going and they usually have a great sense of humor.
Donald Trump, Kanye West, or Hillary Clinton for president? Hill C, although I would really like to see a rap battle between her, West and D-ump to finalize my answer.
Illustration by Grace Tame.
For more art, BTS pics and every-day-life snaps from Cherie, follow her on Instagram and Twitter.