A Love Actually Star Is Spreading Cheer at Heathrow Airport
See how this actress is helping travelers feel the love this holiday season
Love actually is all around!
In honor of the iconic holiday film, Love Actually, London’s Heathrow Airport is greeting travelers with a surprise worthy of the prime minister: a welcome from Martine McCutcheon, who plays Hugh Grant’s love interest, Natalie.
Because the scene where McCutcheon jumps into Grant’s arms at arrivals is so popular amongst fans, the actress is hoping to re-create the movie magic (sans lip-locking) for real-life customers.
“It was one of my all-time favorite scenes to film,” she said in a press release. “Even now I get so excited every time I’m at Heathrow — welcoming someone home is such a great feeling that never gets old!”
McCutcheon is one of many volunteers waiting at the gates for London’s loved ones. Residents can send a direct message to Heathrow on Twitter with their visitor’s name and flight details, and the airport will then assign someone to greet them with a hug and their note.
“For more than half of us, hugs with a loved one is what makes us feel the happiest,” said Susanna Halonen, a Happyologist happiness life coach and speaker. “This type of embrace boosts oxytocin, also known as the ‘love drug,’ in your body. This elevates your positive emotions and lowers your stress levels, as well as increasing the quality of your social connections and your sense of belonging.”
If you’re dying for your holiday dreams to come true, act fast — the promotion runs from today through Saturday, December 23. And if you need an idea of what to say? “To me, you are perfect,” is always a good standby.