Maybe this is re-assuring: We may shrug off Hollywood, but others -- even sophisticated English folks -- still consider it magical.
I've found that during my first few days of Television Critics Association interviews in Los Angeles. Consider:
-- Claire Foy, 24, with all the proper credentials. She's an Oxford grad and a "Masterpiece Classic" star, with the title role in the upcoming "Little Dorrit." She was delighted that the intervews are at a hotel across from Universal City. "I want to go on the rides," she said. "I want to go to a theme park."
-- Aaron Paul, 28, who's terrific as a small-time drug dealer in "Breaking Bad." Poolside, he nodded toward the Universal theaters; that's where he worked after his leap from Idaho to Los Angeles. "I was the guy who would take your ticket at the movies."
-- Luke Pasqualino, 18, who's a charming sort in the upcoming season of "Skins," on BBC America. "I was a huge 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' fan," he said. "Now I'm actually in L.A. and I saw Bel Air on the map ... I might get in a car and go down there and check it all out."
-- Sharon Small, 41, already a PBS favorite (via the Inspector Lyndley mysteries) and now in BBC America's upcoming "Mistresses." For her, it was a thrill to drive past the Hollywood sign -- or to be driving at all. She's usually in London; "we can drive, but it's quite a mess."
-- And Foy again, with her one complaint. On her first night in Los Angeles, she grumbled that she couldn't find "the big row with the palm trees on it."
Helpful gentlemen soon gave her tips to find palm trees. When you're young and wide-eyed and look like Keira Knightley, gentlemen are helpful and Hollywood is magical.