Touchy Subject
Hot enough to humble a southern king in the upcoming flick ATL, fire frosh Lauren London is set to make hollywood burn. what you know about that?

story Matt Barone photography Julie Dennis Brothers

Don’t be fooled by the baby face. Sure, actress Lauren London looks PG-friendly, but what the just-turned-21-year-old black-and-white blend craves are R ratings. Violence and sexual themes included, this Los Angeles native is partial to pistol-packing movie men with street-type spidey sense. “There’s no way I should be tougher than my man,” she says. “I can’t go to rough areas and have my man get nervous. That’d be straight bitch!” Gotta love angels with dirty mouths.

Coaxing T.I.’s sensitive side in ATL, Lauren’s big-screen debut—she first blessed the small screen in the video for Pharrell’s “Frontin’ ”—is the kind of Hollywood cherry-popping she’s dreamed of her whole life. Breaking out isn’t enough, though; this LL wants Hollywood completely headsprung. With that in mind, what better way to have casting agents, uh, coming than flashing flesh for our Royal Court? As you can see, Ms. London cosigns this strategy. Plus, our jail-mailers are right up her alley.

So you want a man who’s both honest and thug?
An authentic gangsta—that deletes about half the rap game off your list. I love guys who are street. I won’t even give soft guys a chance. Menace II Society is my shit! Caine was like my first crush. Actually, O-Dog was my true dream guy. I was in love with him, from that opening scene where he pops the convenience-store worker. He had me from that gunshot [laughs]. He was ’hood, and I loved that.

So dudes without rap sheets need not apply?
I can tell immediately how lame you are. For me, too soft is, after I give you my number, you call every day. “I want to take you to dinner. You’re the future!” Dude, you don’t even know me. You’ve known me for two weeks and you love me? I don’t get that. That kind of rush job might freak me out at 21. I’m not ready for marriage!

Smart girl. Monogamy is so overrated. When you have a man—what kind of wifey are you?
Well, it’s funny because one of my dream roles is to be in a movie like Boomerang. The women characters are so strong, and how Robin Givens flipped the script on his ass! That’s so not me, though—that’s why I’d love to play it. I’m so Halle Berry’s character.


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