Laina, aka Overly Attached Girlfriend, Talks Meme Fame and Using YouTube Powers for Good
In this What’s Trending exclusive video interview, Laina Walker, the famous face of the Overly Attached Girlfriend meme, shares her story about how the whole Internet phenomenon blew up and how she hopes to use comedy for a good cause.
Laina’s adventure in YouTube fame started when she submitted a video to a contest that entailed making up her own lyrics to Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend.”
“I figured hundreds of girls would enter the contest,” Laina said. “So I wanted mine to be a little bit different. So, I made it kind of creepy.”
It didn’t take long before a still shot of her silly grin hit the Internet, officially launching the “Overly Attached Girlfriend” meme and rocketing her original video up to 1 million views within the first day of posting. She even earned an RT from Biebs’ manager.
“When it got really big, I thought just, why let it die down right away?” Laina said. Due to popular demand, she went on to release a second video to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” That one blew up even quicker than her first effort.
Now that she has the attention of the Internet — armed with a hilarious meme that stands as a universal Internet symbol for stalker-y obsession — Laina wants to do something good with her YouTube power. And she’s devised an awesome plan to do just that.
Her new interactive, funny, and charitable “Dare to Share” campaign lets users suggest outrageous challenges (like doing the Gangnam Dance in public or even skydiving) in exchange for making donations to worthy causes.
Also, you didn’t think we’d let her leave without asking her to teach us the three-step process to making the classic OAG face, did you?