If the American Dream exists, LA is the city in which it gets crushed. Armies of young, fresh-faced aspiring actors flock to La La Land by the gazillions, absolutely convinced they’ve got what it takes to make the big time, impress big-shot directors and wow their way on to the silver screen.
Does it happen? Does it footballs. Get talking to anyone in LA and they’ll most likely tell you they’re an actress… as they clear your plates and hand you a receipt, or ‘check’. LA, like a Jurassic World dinosaur, will eat you alive.
So it takes a special type of person to break out in America’s most cut-throat culture. You need the right friends. You need guts. You need something extra. And being hot as Hades helps, too.
So it’s no surprise that Liverpudlian Natalie Loren isn’t just surviving, but positively thriving in the City of Angels. She’s got the celeb bestie and room mate in FHM coverstar Kelly Brook. She’s got the guts and the something extra, in that she’s a freakin’ martial-arts master. And the beautiful part? See for yourself…
It’s a bit boring and healthy today – fruit and a soya latte. If I’m treating myself, I’ll do eggs. Eggs are my speciality. Poached in particular.
I have done, yes! She’s back in London now, though. I miss our breakfasts together when she’s not here.
Neither of us!
Definitely my Agent Provocateur whip. I got it for Halloween. You’d probably think I was into something a bit weird if you saw that.
What? Really? That is hilarious. Obviously, that’s not true. Funny, though!
Everybody is obsessed with kale. Everyone’s having kale salads and juices. It’s all about kale in LA! Oh, and kombucha. It’s this fermented tea that’s super-healthy for you.
I have! There’s not many out-of-shape people in LA. Everyone’s on it with the gym, their kale and their old tea.
After Kelly and I went to the Oscar parties earlier this year, we ended up in a diner on Sunset Boulevard. We had Oreo ice cream milkshakes and burgers at 2am while wearing beautiful Oscars dresses.
Everything shuts at 2am in LA. It’s too early, isn’t it? I’m being quite well behaved at the moment though, so I’ve not had many late nights like that.
I saw Robert De Niro in a restaurant in Beverly Hills recently. I’m a massive fan so that was really cool. I wasn’t brave enough to go up to him and ask for a selfie.
That’s me. It wasn’t a major part, but I was a DJ in the film. I’m a DJ in real life – I’ve done it for six years. I’ve DJed all the clubs in LA and at the Grammys.
He smells nice actually. Very clean. I was only in it for a bit, but we had a scene together. I got to flick this cool knife.
Yes! I’m doing wushu training at the moment. It’s what they do in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I train three times a week with this guy who trained with Jet Li. It’s so cool. I’m training with weapons today.
I’ve done nunchakus and knives, but later today I’m off to do wushu sword training. Nobody expects a girl like me to be bad-ass with a sword.