It’s a curious thing to be sat in front of someone asking them things about themselves they may not want to reveal. You have to build an affinity in minutes or you are in interview purgatory.
Sat in the spotlight Alexandra turns out to be a beguiling subject, in her pink (she says coral, I say pink) wellies, jeans, Breton striped top and scarf this lady from The Great Lakes of the Mid-US seems to be the epitome of countryside chic, that’s the English countryside, not the Dolly Parton (all hail the queen) countryside.
She tells me of how she loves London pubs, The White Hart near her East End home being her favourite. East London is also the home of her hidden food gem, vegan cheesecake from The Black Cat in Hackney. Even though shes a dedicated foodie who sparkles and glows when talking about food her friend has taken her for a #cheekyNandos, mainly because of Jack Whitehall.
A short diversion here, I subsequently went to Pizza Pilgrims with Alexandra, and when she saw they had added her suggestion of Bangers and Mash as this months special pizza she exhaled a loud yes, and I believe there may have been a restrained air punch. If further evidence is needed of her foodie ways, I’d suggest a look at her Instagram account, its essentially a What she ate of outstanding noms.
Well I say foodie, but she chose mayo over ketchup so the jury is still out on that one for me.
When I ask her why London, why 3000 miles in a move, she replies with a simple explanation about how her and all her friends had moved away anyway for college, and when she graduated herself it seemed the chance of a lifetime and just an advancement of that first step.
You sense there are not many What If’s for Alexandra, each story, answer and response hints at a capacity to go for it. Perhaps this is the reason behind her picking “99% perspiration, 1% inspiration” as a saying she lives by. Though for me it’s a determination to prove she can do things to herself and others. She tells me her fave poem is Sick by Shel Silversteen, she knows it by heart after a school teacher told her as a small child she’d never learn it all to recite. It’s 217 words, and I stopped her halfway through as it was more than proven even to this day she can recall it at will and her risotto cake was going cold.
However we shouldn’t ignore another facet of her character, that of the curious and inquisitive mind she has. Alexandra asks more questions of me than I of her in our time doing the interview. She doesn’t just ask a question she then pick up on points within that answer. I’ve often felt a enquiring mind is one destined for success. However I’m pleased that we met but also terrified as not only does she know all my secrets now but she is a much more subtle and coaxing interviewer than I am.