THE most important thing for any out-of-town starlet arriving in Hollywood: get yourself a great role, or bag yourself a big star.
Ruth O'Neill has opted for the latter after arriving in LA -- and in fairness to the Dublin model, what a man.
Ruth is dating teen idol Greg Finley from the smash hit Secret Life Of The American Teenager
The Herald can reveal that the Assets model, who shot to fame as a finalist on TV3 reality show Total Xposure, has been seeing Finley since she moved to LA earlier this year.
The pair met nearly two months ago in LA -- and according to pals, they are keeping things casual for the time being.
Before taking the bold move of jetting off to Tinseltown, Ruth had said that she was open to finding an American beau -- and now the determined beauty has managed to exceed even her own expectations by nabbing one of the most in demand bachelors in the country.
Finley stars in the hit show and is becoming one of the most in-demand up and coming actors in the US, but has remained determinedly tight-lipped about any romances since landing the role.
The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, which airs on MTV here, tells the story of a pregnant teenager in a typical American town.
And the catwalk queen's 26-year old beau plays the role of Jack Pappas, a highly religious, hunky American football player.
Finley has been praised for his down-to-earth attitude since being thrust into the limelight after nabbing the role two years ago and the programme has become one of the most popular on American television, with Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol recently making a guest appearance on it.
But the reality TV star is no stranger to famous boyfriends -- having been linked to Leinster and Ireland star Rob Kearney in recent years.
Ruth made the big move to sunny California in April of this year with the intention of carving out a television presenting career there.
And within a matter of months she had landed an agent and secured an internship at a production company which produces shows for US network giants MTV and VH1.
Ruth previously said: "I really like American guys. I definitely would like to find a boyfriend out there.
"If they like you, they will romance you and take you out on lovely dates -- there's no beating around the bush if they're interested.
"They're so different to Irish guys, where you're lucky if six months down the line they tell you they like you."