Alexa Raad is the real-life inspiration behind Carol's film and literally couldn't believe her story had been chosen!
"I must have been delirious with lack of sleep because I was on [the] Glamour magazine website, and I must have sent in one of my stories," Alexa says. "When they called me and said you're a semi-finalist, I didn't believe them. They had to actually send me my story, and I was, like, 'Yeah, that looks like my story.'"
Alexa says her friends often told her to concentrate less on work and more on being open to new people. "They'd say, why don't you get out and meet guys? Be more open. Flirt," Alexa wrote. "I decided that for once in my life I would be open to whatever came my way and maybe I would, God forbid, flirt back with a stranger."
Alexa did so—but didn't get the outcome she expected. She was once on a subway in Berlin with her dog and noticed a guy who was "drop dead gorgeous" in front of her who also had a dog. He looked right at her and she flirted back. However, as it turns out, the man was blind and hadn't seen her carry out her brave new plan!