Dating in Los Angeles is not for the faint- hearted, at least this is what they say. The dating scene is different in the City of Angels, where everyone is more or less involved in the entertainment business. So, we have models, fashion designers, actors, singers and more of the same crowd. It’s not a very diverse mix, but it certainly doesn’t lack intrigue and charm!
Did the dating game change in time of the Corona virus? With all the new restrictions in place, how could one still find love in LA? We’ve talked to Ellen Alexander, Russian-born supermodel and singer, now residing in LA:
How is dating in the US different from other countries? You’ve also lived in UK and Russia.
Ellen Alexander: I don’t know about dating in the US in general, but dating in Los Angeles is definitely something else. I didn’t date much in Europe and Russia, but there people are very clear with what they want and they don’t want to waste time. In Los Angeles, it seems that nobody really wants to settle down and start a family, most people just want to play! Here, there is always a party somewhere and everybody wants to attend. You get to meet so many beautiful, interesting people everywhere, all the time, it seems difficult to make a choice and settle with one partner for longer.
Did you use dating apps?
Ellen Alexander: Honestly, I’m not a big fan of dating apps. I’ve tried one or two in the past, out of curiosity, but this is just not my thing. I go out with people who have my number. Because of my job, I get in contact with many interesting people every day. I’m involved in many projects, I have many friends, so meeting new people has never been an issue for me. With such an active social life, I can’t say I’d have time for a dating app or the interest to try one again. Generally speaking, I’m only going out with people who can contact me directly!
Do you get asked out a lot? Do you ask people out?
Ellen Alexander: Usually, they ask me out! But I do reach out every now and then to say hello if I’m really interested in someone. This doesn’t happen very often, but it is a possibility. I didn’t really ask anyone out – like use the actual words – but sometimes just saying “Hi, how are you?” it’s enough and a good first step!
Where do you go out when having a date? With the pandemic and all?
Ellen Alexander: Right now I can’t say I’m going out a lot. I’m very respectful of the rules and the whole social distancing thing – I took it very seriously. I do meet people, but I tend to be more careful about where I go and with whom than ever before. I’d sometimes go out to a terrace or a restaurant, but mostly I keep a safe distance from people and socialize online these days.
How is dating in time of the Corona virus?
Ellen Alexander: It’s definitely a change. Before the pandemic it was always a party here and there, I was going out a lot. Nowadays, I think we are all more aware of our actions when outside the home. Now, we can just go out, have a coffee somewhere and just talk, take things very slow and easy. This is convenient, there’s no rush to get to the next level, people are taking their time in getting to know the other person. And I guess this is a good thing!