Thursday 21 September 2017

Star (Wars) struck Lisa has souvenir for dad taken at pre-Oscars bash

Lisa Cannon and Irish actress Sarah Bolger
Lisa Cannon and Irish actress Sarah Bolger
Lisa Cannon pictured with Mark Hamill
Lisa Cannon pictured with Producer/director J.J. Abrams
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

It was a night of classic Hollywood glam - but somehow Star Wars hero Carrie Fisher accidentally left with Lisa Cannon's souvenir for her dad.

Bubbly presenter Lisa was warming up for Oscar duties on the green carpet at the annual Oscar Wilde party hosted by director JJ Abrams.

The Xpose frontwoman interviewed a veritable who's who of LA's acting greats.

The actress who made her name playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movies, Carrie Fisher was particularly taken by a quirky souvenir that Lisa had picked up for her dad, when the pair met this week at Abram's Santa Monica studio.

"I only gave it to her as a prop when I was chatting to her about the Oscars, but she went off with it," Lisa laughed.

Hilarious

"It said 'World's Best Dad' on it. I'll have to buy him a new one now.

"She was lovely though. She brought her dog on the carpet and everything.

"I was chatting to JJ Abrams for ages so hopefully I'll be in the new Star Wars movie now," she joked.

Lisa said that she was overwhelmed by how down-to-earth many of the stars were.

"Joey McIntyre from New Kids on The Block was there and he is hilarious," she said.

"I used to be such a big fan so that was a big childhood moment for me."

The 35-year-old has already had a sneak peak at the Oscars red carpet and it turned out to be an emotional moment for her.

"It was actually a massive moment for me. It was so exciting to stand where the legends and giants of Hollywood had stood before," she explained.

"It was emotional, I had a bit of a tear in my eye. I was just so proud.

"I was thinking here is little old me from Dublin who has always been a massive movie nut standing here outside the Dolby Theatre," she added.

Lisa studied film in college so the occasion held a huge amount of significance for her.

"I took loads of pictures of myself," she added.

Giddy

"I was giddy as a goat, honestly I was like a child leaping around the place."

The hard-working presenter has a long list of events and red carpets lined up for her six night stint in Tinsel Town.

Though she is charmed by the city that is the home of the movie business, the idea of re-locating could never be more than a pipe-dream.

"Of course you would think 'wow it would be amazing' but the reality would be very different," she said.

This year marks Lisa's second stint at the famous awards. She last covered them in 2009.

The Academy Awards ceremony kicks off from 9pm on Sunday in Los Angeles, presented by Neil Patrick Harris. Irish audiences can watch the full ceremony at 9pm on RTE 2 on Monday.

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