A YOUNG Irish designer who will attend one of the top Oscar parties in LA has insisted she won't be star-struck – as she was previously wooed by Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf.
Laura-Jayne Halton (28), from Maynooth, Co Kildare, will rub shoulders with the likes of actors Colin Farrell and Liam Hemsworth, and directors JJ Abrams and Jim Sheridan, at the Oscar Wilde pre-Oscars party in LA later this week. However, she admitted that she didn't let celebrity status phase her and even enjoyed a date with 'Wall Street' actor Shia LaBeouf before quickly deciding he wasn't her type.
The designer had been enjoying a night out at Soho Grand in New York when she was approached by the star, who asked her out on a date back in 2009. The pair hung out for more than four hours at a small bar where they talked about the actor's childhood, Laura-Jayne's designs, and both their attempts to get on the property ladder.
"I hadn't seen any of his movies so I was hoping it wouldn't come up. I didn't want to ask him about work anyway. It was really nice but people kept coming up, trying to find out who I was," she said. "I was 25 at the time and he was a few years younger. He kept saying a couple of years didn't make much difference but he was quite a bit shorter than me so I just didn't feel it."
The actor also revealed he had asked the Irish designer following the suggestion of director Oliver Stone, who had spotted her at the club.
While no romance blossomed, the pair did swap numbers and LaBeouf was quick to text her when he was back in town. "I got a text from him a couple of weeks later but I was going back home so we couldn't meet up. He told me to get in touch if I was ever back in LA. I wish I'd kept his number, I'd be asking him for a ticket to the Oscars."
Laura-Jayne, who has been tipped the 'One to Watch' by the organisers of 2013 Golden Egg Fashion Innovation Awards, will fly out to LA on Thursday morning, just hours before the Oscar Wilde bash.
She will be on hand to dress Irish Oscar hopeful Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly, who is nominated for the short film 'Head Over Heels'.