TV STAR Diana Bunici says pal and former co-star Katie Van Buren is now a bona fide New Yorker.
The 23-year-old took a bite of the Big Apple when she visited Katie (25) in the city that never sleeps.
"I'm just back from New York, I was visiting Katie and it was really great," Diana, right, told The Diary.
"It was lovely seeing her in that new environment and her new home, she fits in perfectly there. She's a real New Yorker now."
Katie, inset, moved to the States last year and bagged a presenting job for online channel Fuse TV.
"She's taking the world by storm and that's for sure," Diana laughed.
"I hadn't seen her for a year. It was a real surprise when she first went over, I couldn't believe it.
"So the main thing was to catch up with her. It was wonderful and she hasn't changed at all."
While the streets of Manhattan may be familiar territory for Katie, it was Diana's first time in the city and she was determined to make the most of it.
"I'd never been before so I kind of wanted to do everything -- I went to the top of the Empire State Building and walked around and people-watched. It's a great city for that."
But Diana made sure to avoid French fries and footlongs while in town.
"I didn't eat any hot dogs but New Yorkers love their sushi and tofu so I did indulge in that," she laughs. "But I stayed healthy."
Diana's documentary about One Direction mania recently aired on RTE2 and, thankfully Directioners everywhere approved of the show.
"It got a great reaction from the audience. Teenagers absolutely loved it. I don't think you can go wrong as long as you don't mock the fans," she explained.
"I'm quite sad that I'm out of the One Direction bubble because I really enjoyed life there."
But Diana says she has no desire to make another documentary about boy bands.
"I don't think you can match One Direction. But I would love to make a show about X Factor contestant Melanie McCabe," she said.
"I've a feeling this might be her year. I think she's grown up a bit and she has the voice of an angel."
Diana will return to TV screens this October with a new series of Elev8 but says she would like to start producing her own TV shows.
"Elev8 is the main focus but there are always ideas in the back of my head. I'm interested in that side of things.
"I'd like do more producing in the future -- it's just a matter of sitting down and putting the ideas on paper."
"I've had a great summer but I can't wait to get back into the thick of things," she said.