Twenty Questions with Larina Kennedy


Welcome to Twenty Questions!

Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Larina Kennedy, 23

What is your full name?

Larina Sireethorn Kennedy.


How old are you?



How old do you feel?

Sometimes 23, and sometimes more like 27. I’m not sure why 27 specifically, but a lot of my close friends are a bit older than me so when I’m with them I feel like we’re all the same age.


Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I was born in Auckland, and now I live in London.


What do you do for work?

When I was first answering this I was in between jobs trying to figure out my next career move – But! As of Monday I’m starting a new job at Space NK in Sales & Marketing which I’m super excited about! Back in New Zealand I worked in the fashion industry looking after wholesale sales for Karen Walker and Lonely, and while I learnt a lot in both of those roles, I’m not sure that it was my calling.


What do you do for fun?

I love cooking! And finding new recipes. I don’t think I’m a natural at it but I’m slowly improving my skills.


Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

I did a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University majoring in marketing, and innovation/entrepreneurship.


What is your favourite movie of all time?

It’s terrible that I’m saying this but if only Love Island was a movie….


What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?

Probably moving to London! I can’t say that it has paid off yet because I’m still finding my way but it feels right. The cliché “nothing worthwhile comes easy” is very appropriate. I’m trying to be persistent and I know I’ll get there eventually.


Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

There have been a few things that have definitely challenged me both career-wise and personally. Again, moving to London would be the most relevant at the moment. Although I love it so far, it’s not all highlights! Being in a new city, having to find a place to live, and finding the right job are all harder than I think a lot of people make it out to be.


Best moment of your twenties so far?

I’ve had so many great memories, it is hard to choose just one. This hasn’t actually happened yet but I have some friends coming over in August and we’re going travelling around Europe together and I think that will make for some great moments! I’ve done a bit of travelling but it’s always been for work so I’m really looking forward to a proper holiday with some of my favourite people.


Who do you miss?

All of my friends and family! And our family dog Pepsi who passed away just before I moved.


What do you like the most about yourself?

I think I am quite realistic and honest. I don’t like to glorify things because I don’t really see the point. If I’m having a hard time with something and someone asks me, I’ll say.


What do you like the least about yourself?

Sometimes I have the tendency to work myself up and get stressed and upset. I think I’ve become better at managing my emotions in recent years but I used to cry all the time at very random, insignificant things.


If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?

I don’t have any at the moment but I’ve been thinking about getting something small. I don’t want to say what it is though because then I’m locked in!


How would your friends describe you?

I asked one of my best and oldest friends who said, “Accident-prone (in a beautiful way that makes me smile), thoughtful and intelligent.” One of my other friends also described me as someone you don’t get sick of!


How would your parents describe you?

Again, I asked both of my parents and these were their responses:

Mum: “Very mature, independent, hard working, ambitious, passionate, results-oriented and a meticulous attention to detail.” This sounds better than my CV.

Dad: “Alert and bright from a very early age, engages very well with most people and has a wide circle of friends.”


When was the last time you cried?

I think I cried twice the other week. Once when I was in my Air BnB alone, feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of moving countries, and then again recently during the royal wedding. I went out to Windsor to be a part of the fan fare and it was surprisingly emotional! Some tears were definitely shed.


What are you afraid of?

BANANAS. UGH. There is nothing worse on this earth. This may sound crazy to some people but my friends will probably be laughing. I’m always asked what it is about them and honestly it’s everything. The smell, the taste, the texture…

If someone starts eating a banana next to me, I will walk away. This phobia has landed me in many uncomfortable situations.


If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?

I guess I’m still at the start so I don’t think I’d change anything. I’m so grateful for the work opportunities I’ve had, the people I’ve met, and of course my wonderful friends.


Header image by Wono Kim for The Twenties Club