Day: February 17, 2021

How King Princess and Quinn Wilson Found Love in the DMs

This story is part of GQ’s Modern Lovers issue. 


“I love your work,” Mikaela Straus, the 22-year-old musician known as King Princess, once impulsively sent into the direct-message abyss while staring longingly at Quinn Wilson’s Instagram avatar. For her part, Wilson, the 27-year-old, Minneapolis-born director, had recently been introduced to Straus’s music through a friend. “I was not flirting,” says Wilson about her swift reply, which read, “Hi, Miss King.”

In a matter of days, the two moved their conversation off-screen and to a small restaurant in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Straus recalls being struck by how cute Wilson looked when she arrived in “just a sweatshirt and big glasses.”

Wilson was hesitant. “[Mikaela] had to use a fake ID to get a drink… I was like, ‘How old are you?’ ” (Straus, who says she “probably showed up in just baggy jeans,” was 20 at the time.)

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