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…
Morning, Natalie! It’s 10am in LA – what’s for breakfast?
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.
Do you ever treat your roomie, Kelly Brook, to breakfast in bed?
I have done, yes! She’s back in London now, though. I miss our breakfasts together when she’s not here.
Which of you is most likely to leave your underwear on the bathroom floor?
Neither of us!
If we were to walk into your flat right now, what possession of yours would have us saying, ‘What on earth is that doing here?’
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.
You do know there were rumours floating around that, for a while, you and Kelly were ‘more than friends’, if you catch our drift?
What? Really? That is hilarious. Obviously, that’s not true. Funny, though!
So what’s cool in LA now?
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.
As a Liverpudlian you can’t have bought into that, surely?
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.
Is there an LA equivalent of a 4am kebab after a night out?
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.
Two in the morning? That’s not that late…
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.
When was the last time you got totally star struck in LA?
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.
Hey, didn’t we see you in the new Entourage movie?
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.
You’ve appeared in a music vid for rock band 30 Seconds To Mars, fronted by Jared Leto. You got pretty close to him… what did he smell like?
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.
You’re no stranger to playing with dangerous things. What’s this about you being a martial arts master?
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.
Whoa. Like what?
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.