This year on TikTok, you’ve probably come across George detailing life on set with her famous cast mates, doing red carpet interviews, or presenting awards at prestigious shows. To over 80,000 people it doesn’t matter that these stories haven’t happened- yet. Her presence as a celebrity took the app by storm as she developed her own fan base with her radiant personality, despite no IMDB credits. TV Wasteland spoke to George about how she captivated so many people from an imaginary red carpet.
What was your reaction to the first video that blew up?
It was really weird because the first one I did that actually went anywhere was literally my second video. I went to sleep and I woke up and it was like 99+ notifications and I was like, “What the hell?” It’s crazy. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around it. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that so many people are seeing my stuff. The sort of Graham Norton ones when they started to like go quite big, it was really interesting.
Obviously you have a huge platform now, has the recognition and attention from fans on TikTok affected you?
I literally cannot tell you the amount of confidence it has given me in my acting and sort of just in general, having so many people say such nice things. If I’m ever feeling a bit down, I’ll read my comments. Everyone is so lovely, I can’t believe it. The past couple months I’ve been like, “people that I don’t even know believe in me so I can definitely do it.” I’m so appreciative of the general positivity that I get from it.
Do you have a specific memorable comment or message or fan experience?
The first time I got noticed in public I was at work, and people started recognizing me. It’s crazy. These girls were looking at me for a while and I was worried they were talking about my outfit or talking about what I was wearing, and they came up to me and were like, “We’re really sorry if this sounds weird, but are you the girl from TikTok that does the interviews?” And I was like “yeah!” And they complimented my videos. I work in retail so I was folding clothes and they were like “I know you!” I work in London, and even when I’m wearing my face covering, people are still recognizing me, and I can’t even recognize my friends when they have their masks on.
Why do you think people gravitated so heavily to your account?
I think because it’s relatable and I don’t know if anyone had sort of been putting those kinds of videos out on TikTok before. I thought I was crazy for years for sitting in front of my mirror and doing fake interviews and I think there’s a sort of comfort in finding people that are so similar to you.
What was your favorite red carpet story that you came up with?
My favorite is the one where I was talking about presenting an award with Timothée Chalamet and my suit split open. I watched that back and was like, “how is it so specific and how did you come up with that?” I will sit down with my phone up and improvise for 60 seconds and that one was my favorite because A, you could see that happening. I think if anyone in Hollywood would pin a suit together it would be Timothée Chalamet. And B, it was just so “why did I come up with that”? I still don’t know. It’s my favorite one, though.
Who is your dream cast to work with and why?
This is so hard because I have so many favorites. Who I would love to work with, I think, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Zendaya, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh cause why the hell not, let’s get the whole Little Women cast in, and then maybe for a bit of spice, hm I’m trying to think of someone musical theatre-y who does film. Maybe Emma Stone, why not!
That is quite the cast.
Quite a cast, I don’t know what film it would be.
Which creative team would you like to work with and why?
My favorite director for stage productions is Marianne Elliott she did War Horse, she did the production of Company which is actually coming to broadway with Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone, she did that production. I absolutely love the way she directs, it’s so creative and the use of comedic timing and all of the nuances are so good. She’s definitely my favorite stage director so I’d love to work with her at some point.
What role from a current show would you love to play?
I would love to be, there isn’t even a role in it that would suit me, but I would love to be in the Umbrella Academy. I watched it not a long time ago and it’s such a good show. So definitely in Umbrella Academy or Beth Harmon in the Queen’s Gambit because that is a stunning show and Anya Taylor Joy is incredible in it, but I would love that part.
What are some of your pointers to faking it till you make it?
Just blindly believe in yourself. When I first started posting I didn’t want to go too far in case it was too weird but then I went all in. You have to fully commit, fully believe in yourself and just go crazy with it. The bigger the better I think!
You’ve become quite the fashion icon on tiktok, how did you develop your style?
I live in quite a small town, and I used to dress how I wanted to [but] people would think that I dressed weird or like a child. Then I went very plain, but I went to school in London where everyone can dress how they want and everyone has a good sense of style. I went to an art school so everyone was sort of eccentric so, I’ve been fine tuning my sense of style ever since. I love fashion, I’m so obsessed with it.
What is one message you would give to anyone who is a fan of yours?
First of all, thank you so much for being so supportive and so kind. I just hope happiness and love come your way, and believe in yourself, and don’t let anyone else make you doubt yourself and your abilities because you’ve got it.
What’s one thing you wish people knew about you?
It’s going to sound quite arrogant when I say it but, I’m actually quite clever. I’m very animated when I talk, I dress the way I do, and I have the accent that I have. I put on a bit of a posher accent in my TikToks, but normally when people meet me, and especially because I’m blonde, they assume that I’m your stereotypical dumb blonde. But I want people to know I’m educated.
What are your plans for the future regarding your account and the general future?
I’m going to keep posting for as long as people keep wanting my videos. I did think about if I actually do start booking jobs, I was like “what will I do then” and I don’t know I think we’ll have to see. Only time can tell with that. But for now I’m just going to keep putting out what people ask me to. I just want to keep spreading joy and happiness and if people like my videos and they make them happy, I’m happy to give more. Career wise, obviously I’m at the very beginning of it and I’m hoping to sign with an agent or start booking jobs within the next year or so. And then hopefully just see where it goes from there.
If you could switch lives with another creator for the day, who would it be and why?
That’s hard. My mind always goes blank. Let me check who i’m following. I would swap with Reneé Rapp. Just because I would love to belt out a few riffs so effortlessly, just walk around the house belting it out like that.
Who’s your favorite tiktok creator at the moment?
I love Nicole Ciravolo, she does the Miss Connie videos where she types and she’s got the glasses and she’s got the lovely red hair. She’s my favorite at the moment, I’m just obsessed with those, I love them. They’re just so joyful they make me so happy.
Who was/is your celebrity crush?
There are a few. Basically, it always revolves between Tom Holland, Timotheé Chalamet, Harry Styles, it’s always one of them. But at the minute, I’m going to say Harry Styles.
Who is someone you were starstruck to interact with/become friends with online?
Pretty much anyone, but definitely Nicole Ciravolo because she follows me back. She followed me when I was at like 10k [followers], and she’s got 2 million [followers] now. She was one of the first big creators who followed me back and she’s so lovely. We’ve messaged a few times and she’s literally like the loveliest person.
What is the best show or movie that you’ve seen recently?
The best show that I’ve finished recently I would say is The Queen’s Gambit. And then movie wise, I watched Uncut Gems. That was very good. It was very uncomfortable to watch but it’s supposed to be. You’re on the edge of your seat the whole time. But I sort of think the sign for me, if a film is good or not, if I can’t stop thinking about it. And I haven’t stopped thinking about it.
What’s a major change you’d like to see the platform make?
I wish you could block specific content from ever coming on your for you page. If you could put in things you don’t ever want to see. Sometimes you see things that you didn’t want to see, you know. I just like it to be a little happy, positive, experience and I feel like sometimes that is tainted by specific videos or comments and stuff.
This interview was edited for length/clarity. Interview by Ryan Flaherty, editing by Nona Nishigawara and Avery Cather.