Lauren London has never been that chick to get crazy in the street or make headlines for acting wild in the club. Even though people know her as “that chick from ‘ATL’” and the mother of Lil Wayne’s 4-year-old son, the actress has always been about her business and has avoided the gimmicks that keep most folks names in the tabloids.
She’s the latest cover girl for Vibe Vixen’s Digital Issue where she poses as a boxer over the word “Fighter,” and in the feature she talks about what it’s been like juggling her career as an actress and a mom in Hollywood. She also shares some of the lessons she’s learned from her early 20s, her thoughts on the public’s reaction to her pregnancy and how she currently feels about marriage.
For the fellas, while she admits that she’s single (although she still has a certain singer’s tongue wagging), she also lists some of those grown man qualities she looks for in a guy.
Peep some excerpts:
A Lesson That She Learned in Her Early 20s That She Carries Now
Starting my career, there was a lot of rejection going on. I remember my dad telling me that if you let that define you, they’ll basically make you nothing. You have to define yourself. Every time you hear a no, it’s one step closer to a yes. Jobs come and go, so I don’t get too down on myself. You have to stay self-motivated. If you wait for someone else to motivate you, you’ll be waiting for a long time. You have to really be your own cheerleader. Even if you don’t feel all that way in the moment, tell yourself that you’re enough.
I’m still growing and still learning. I’m okay with the process. I understand the growing pains a little more than I did. I’m more trusting with the process and it doesn’t come easy. I question it sometimes.
The Main Thing She’s Still Learning
Faith and thicker skin. Not letting what people have to say about me matter so much.[…]I’m not going to front. I’m not a lover, I’m a fighter. I will forget that I am Hollywood and get Holly-hood [Laughs].
On What Was Going Through Her Mind When She Found Out She Was Pregnant
Well, you know, it’s another human being in the world. That affects everybody, and one thing I learned about life is that your choices don’t just affect you, it affects everybody connected to you.
The public was the last thought. Most of my thoughts were on my family and inner circle. It was mostly how is this affecting Lauren as a person and is Lauren ready to completely put herself to the side and be a mother. My priorities were changing. My career was last.
Before ATL, people didn’t know about me. I auditioned for ATL and no one cared who I was. I was a regular girl in L.A. who auditioned and got the role. No one knew I was doing it and I did it. No one gave me that. I did that. They can’t take what they didn’t give. God has the last say, so I just trust that. Is it an uphill battle? Yes. But isn’t everything? I’m not starving.
I think it’s awesome when it’s done right. I don’t think anyone is supposed to be alone, you know. Having a partner and having somebody that is with you through the ups and downs is awesome. I’m all about connection. If I connected with someone and met a nice guy maybe, but I just haven’t ran into that yet.[…]I’m not dating at all. I don’t know if I’ll have the time. But I’m very fiery and sassy, so I need someone to keep up with that.
On The Type of Guy She Likes
Grown, secure in himself and who he is, aware of what he wants and willing to learn and grow with somebody else. I think everybody is waiting for me to settle down and find him [Laughs]. I’m really selective and picky.
Super cool chick