She shattered any preconceived notion I had about both actors and American women.
She was the antithesis of the ballerina; insisting she pave her own journey in life, irrespective of who she was with.
Since then, I've spent six years dating American women in the search for "the one".
They have come from all different backgrounds, worked in vastly different careers, lived in both New York and Los Angeles; and if there's one thing I can tell you, it's that the stereotype of British girls being more well-mannered is actually false.
After all, as she put it, "dancers don't make a lot of money." I wasn't the guy that could spoon feed her, so it ended.
After all, I'd watched my fellow countrymen in film and literature charm the hell out of beautiful American women.
They weren't all obsessed with fame and fortune, were they?
Was American culture really as shallow as my friends had warned? She was a down-to-earth Midwesterner with ambitions in New York City theater.
On my first date with girlfriend number six, we went dancing before playing bocce in Brooklyn.
It was a night full of spontaneity, which American girls—naturally outgoing and vivacious—have perfected.