I have to admit, I had no clue how Laina (otherwise known as ‘Overly Attached Girlfriend’) would be in person. It’s hard to imagine what she’s really going to be like after seeing all those Overly Attached Girlfriend memes on Reddit, 9GAG and KnowYourMeme depicting her as this insane, obsessed girlfriend, a nightmare to all men. So, after a quick Skype call with her manager, Laina immediately used her loyal social media following to aid us in bringing together a flash mob in less than 24 hours at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for an NMR photoshoot. Upon meeting Laina, I was pleasantly surprised to see that she was a very down to earth girl, slightly shy at first, actually, but very friendly. As you will see below, even with the lack of time, Laina was still able to help grab a good amount of people to help us in our photoshoot and then ‘Gangnam Style’ with us. Read on to find out what Laina tells NMR about her sudden internet stardom, her life in Texas, which OAG meme is her favorite, and if “Walker” is really her last name.
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So we are going to start with some fun facts, what takes up most of your time?
YouTube for sure. Yeah, just coming up with new ideas. It’s all very new, so good work right now for sure.
What are your guilty pleasures?
I mean, I like Justin Bieber. That’s probably it.
Do you have any pet peeves?
I have a lot of pet peeves, like a creepy amount of pet peeves. I don’t like when people make smacking noises with their mouths. I don’t like it was people touch paper towels or when they pull paper towels out from under their plate. I don’t like when people touch chalk board and cotton balls or velvet or fleece — just gives me the heebie jeebies. And it’s weird because I pop my knuckles all the time but I can’t stand it when people pop their knuckles. It’s just disgusting; I hate it.
So you are in California right now, and it’s your first time. How are you enjoying it so far, and what brought you here?
It’s very, very fun. It’s very different for sure. I’m from Texas so people are kind of on the roads they are a lot more mean but other than that it’s really cool. And I just came here to work with my channel, I’m collaborating with some Youtube people this weekend so just working on that, trying to get a little bit bigger.
Have you experienced L.A. traffic yet?
I haven’t, thankfully, but I’ve been in the traffic.
Have you seen anything like it?
The worst traffic in Texas is probably not even close to this, and it is so much honking. Why are you honking at me? There is nothing I can do right now! I can’t move, but people here are just crazy.
Do you have any plans to possibly move here?
Not any time soon. Maybe one day I would really want to consider, but for now I am going to stay in Texas.
Right now what is a typical day look like for you?
Really, really boring. I don’t even have work that much anymore. Lately, it’s been a lot of phone calls and emails just trying to figure out collaborations for new videos. Hang out with my friends, obviously — nothing super exciting.
Where do you work right now?
Well, I work at a place called Pack and Move. It is kind of like a UPS place. Yes, so exciting.
Take us back to that fateful moment when you uploaded the Bieber parody — did you have any idea what the response would be, and were you hoping for it?
It was very surreal, because it’s not like I put the video up to try and get a lot of views, to try and get it to go viral. I put it up to enter a contest, and I thought hopefully, maybe, Justin Bieber would see it, but I didn’t even think, I mean, anything close to what happened. And I uploaded it, I think it was 8pm one night, and then I just watched it go. I remember being in the living room with my roommates, and we were just so excited when it hit 59 comments. We were like, “59 people have commented on this!” and then the next day it hit a million views, and then Bieber’s manager tweeted it, Tosh.0 put on his blog, and it was exciting, but it was just very — it didn’t feel like it was very real to be honest. It was razy.
Did Justin tweet it out?
Aww, at least the manager did.
At least. And I lost the contest too. Some little girl, but I was a runner-up, so.
Yeah, that’s still pretty good.
And I’m in L.A. now because of it, so I guess I’ll be okay.
Did you write it all yourself, and if you did, how long did it take for you to write it?
I did write it all myself. It’s kind of weird — I had just woken up, I was in my bed, and I was on some website, and I had noticed he was having a contest, and so I thought maybe just real quick I’ll write some lyrics. And I came up with most of it just like right before I got out of bed, and it wasn’t actually supposed to be so creepy in the beginning — it was supposed to be funny. It was supposed to be over the top, but also kind of real. I mean, girls do want to like read your texts, you know, whether they admit it or not, and so but then when I started filming, that is when I wanted it to be really creepy, and it was all pretty fast.
When did you first realize you could do that overly attached look so well? Did someone point it out?
As soon as the video went up and everyone was like, “That’s crazy.” I didn’t think it was that creepy; I just thought, “I am going to make a creepy face,” so apparently it’s really, really creepy.
So it’s just for fun for you.
Yeah. No, I’m actually really creepy.
Say you never made that video — where would you be, and what would you be doing right now?
I don’t know. Around the time that I posted the video, actually, it’s kind of really convenient timing. I was very conflicted; I had just decided that I didn’t want to do — I was in school for education — I decided I didn’t want to do that anymore, and I was unsure of where I was going to go with my future, what I wanted to do. I thought about maybe being a copywriter working in advertising, but my whole life I’ve wanted to do like comedy. I’ve always loved to make people laugh, and it’s kind of something I wanted to do but I wasn’t sure how to go forward with it, and then the video just conveniently happened.