Not to mention Gwen Stefani (and her husband, Londoner Gavin Rossdale).
In my (albeit limited) experience, it seems like American women and English men often find romance, yet American men and English women make for unlikely couples.
Smith's data on the flirting behaviors of American men reveals why some may not find success while hitting on an English woman in a bar.
Related: "American culture is about bigging yourself up, but if an American guy walked up to an English girl and started talking about his great job or how much money he made, the English girl would be like, 'Who is this loser? "English women want something more subtle."A mismatch in personality could also play a role.
How does a girl from Texas end up with a tendency to go after English guys? Three years and four English boyfriends later, I was left wondering the same thing.
In my defense, I'd say Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently announced her separation from Chris Martin—who, in turn, blamed the breakup on his own lack of enthusiasm for life—would probably understand the initial attraction.
One of the reasons she moved back was because she couldn't see herself settling down with an American guy. Personality played a factor for American Jeff, who lived in the UK for two years, as well: "I just don't think American bro culture translates very well to English women.
For example, a guy would pick his date up at her apartment with flowers or a bottle of wine before going out on the first date.
And American women might even have some certain rules pertaining to the first date like no kissing!
(Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are an exception.) After interrogating men and women from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as consulting an expert, a few theories emerged.
Related: Jennifer, 29, an American married to a Londoner, thinks a lot of the initial attraction to Englishmen boils down to the persuasive power of romantic comedies starring Hugh Grant and the irresistible, charming English human weapon known as Jude Law."It's definitely those English romances that make British guys seem so attractive, funny, witty, and proper," she said.