She has a blue shirt and stands to the left. She has ideal hotels. At the best prices. She wants you to know about them. But that’s not all she wants. She wants you to know that wherever you’re going, she’ll be there. Arms to the side. Staring into the very fabric of your soul. Her vacant stare of death lies in wait around every corner, and along every tunnel. Her eyes burn into your back as you fumble for your Oyster card. She wants you to know that she’s watching.
The end must be soon pic.twitter.com/UgTSJycgrz
— Ed Cumming (@edcumming) August 17, 2017
Londoners have told how they are being left unnerved by the “omnipresent” face of a woman on a Trivago advertisement that is all over the Underground. Commuters have compared repeatedly seeing the grinning model as they travel across the capital to “constantly being followed” and like a “bad dream”. Gabrielle Miller, an Australian actress, has gained a cult following after she was selected for the hotel comparison site’s advertisement that appears all over the world.
They've changed their shirts! pic.twitter.com/3nczAIyuTG
— Josh Spero (@joshspero) August 24, 2017
And since it was rolled out in London, social media users were quick to point out how frequently they encounter the poster that is “taking over” the Underground. One Twitter user wrote: “The Trivago woman must be stopped. Her Ubiquity is soul-crushing,” with another adding: “seriously paranoid that the Trivago woman is stalking me on the tube.”
— Christopher Calvert (@cmc1985) August 24, 2017
Others told how the advert was so widespread it crept into their dreams, with one commuter writing on social media: “I too have Trivago nightmares….there is no escaping this woman!” Another said: “Getting the tube at the moment is essentially a bad dream where you’re constantly being followed by the woman from the Trivago advert.”
But speaking to news.com.au, Ms Miller said she is “never recognised” despite gaining a cult following after appearing in the commercial. Ms Miller revealed she was touring Greece when she was asked if she wanted to appear in the ad, and said she filmed her audition from a nudist beach.
— Jack Tanner (@jstanner43) August 18, 2017
She told the Australian news website: “We were camping on a nudist beach on the island of Crete. The request was to dress as a Hollywood star, casual but fashionable, and to imagine that I was in an animated studio preferably against a white background. Of course I had none of the above therefore I had to be resourceful, so I wedged the camera between two rocks, wiped the zinc off my face and filmed a rough version of the script while trying to avoid too many bare bottoms in the background.” The actress said she has appeared in “close to 20” adverts for Trivago, adding: “but not all have been released.”
Are you being creeped out by the Trivago woman on The Tube? Let’s know how it is for you in the comments.
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