A ROADWATER woman swapped West Somerset for the glitz and glamour of LA as her reporting skills earned her a ticket to the Oscars.

Kate Willacy, 22, was chosen as one of six finalists in phone giant Nokia’s search to find its first entertainment reporter.

The third-year Exeter University drama student had to submit a 60-second video clip of herself saying why she should be the X6 All Areas entertainment reporter.

Kate’s skills secured her a final spot after celebrity judging panel Paloma Faith, Jameela Jamil and Mat Horne picked her out of 500 entrants.

Now Kate is taking part in the ultimate job interview to report from six events around the world – and started with the Oscars.

The former Danesfield Middle School, Williton, and West Somerset Community College pupil said of her US adventure: “It was incredibly surreal but it was amazing.”

Kate met up with up with ex-T4 presenter June Sarpong to talk about the industry before attending a Bob and Harvey Weinstein red carpet charity event to interview A-list celebs.

“I interviewed Eli Roth from Inglorious Basterds and Kristin Davis from Sex and the City. She was absolutely amazing.”

Kate attended the ultimate awards ceremony the following day.

“I imagine I will not be able to fully process the experience. I had an amazing time and met some fantastic people,” Kate said.

Kate will also report on the Snowbombing festival in Austria on April 4, meet Rihanna on her European tour, report trackside at the Spanish Grand Prix and attend the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

And what did Kate say in her interview to bag the once-in-a-lifetime prize? “I said how I had shaved my legs for the event and how I would just try and keep a good balance between being personable and getting a good interview.”

The judges will choose their overall winner later this year.