Two years ago, Natalie Portman packed up her bags and fled the uncultured fanny pack-wearing Dew-chugging slobs of America for the chic je ne sais quoi-ness of Paris. Every time Natalie has spoken about Paris, she made it sound like she was living in a Chanel No. 5 commercial. Everyone’s fancy! The children are gorgeous! People go to museums instead of monster truck rallies! Natalie has since moved back to Los Angeles and earlier this week, she gushed over how “fun” it is to be once again living in a place that isn’t full of fancy people judging your sloppy clothing choices. And last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, she said that it’s “so nice” that people smile in Los Angeles. Hmmm…that might explain why Grumpy Cat was recently in Paris; she was just visiting her people.
Natalie said this to Jimmy about the happy smiling people of California:
“Everyone smiles a lot here. It’s so nice. They’re more, very cool in France. I didn’t realize I got used to it until I got here and I was so surprised…Someone would smile at my child and I’d be, ‘What a good person.’ People are really lovely here…I feel there’s a lot of rules of politeness and codes of behavior there that you have to follow. It’s a lot looser here.”
(Note from Michael: I live in California and haven’t smiled since 1990.)
I’ve never been to France, so I can’t say if Natalie is right about French people being joyless to strangers. But I have been to Los Angeles, and I can definitely say that I’ve experienced the smiling thing. I was shocked at how much people smiled at me in Los Angeles. Even when I was asking them “where a-boats is the washroom?” in my thick-ass Canadian accent and they looked at me like I had just landed in Los Angeles from Mars, they still smiled at me. Or maybe they were smiling because they were trying not to feel bad for me. “Oh god, they really do sound like Bob and Doug McKenzie.”
Here’s Natalie smiling like a real Angeleno while arriving at Jimmy Kimmel Live! yesterday.