A TONBRIDGE student has been bitten by the fame bug after winning a competition to interview screen vampire Robert Pattinson live on national radio.
Amber Pursey, of Hillview School for Girls (UK) , won the right to meet the Hollywood heartthrob by making a minute-long video based on the Twilight Saga movie series which made him a star.
Her recreation of the famous baseball scene was chosen as one of five winners by judges, including Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw, earning the Ticehurst resident the chance to interview Pattinson at the London premiere of Breaking Dawn Part Two – the final in the series.
Judges were impressed by the use of costume in her tongue-in-cheek parody of the fantasy romance stories, which was filmed and edited with the help of fellow Hillview students Kate Bovey and Hattie Pursell, who also made their own entries.
The 15-year-old Year 11 student, of Three Leg Cross, said all three 60-second films were conceived, shot, edited and submitted within three days.
She told the Courier: "We heard about it on a Friday, sent them off on a Sunday and I got a call the next day saying I had been shortlisted in the last 15 and I would win if they called me up live on air and I answered with a werewolf howl.
"I was gobsmacked. I had entered thinking I probably wouldn't get in, but then I got the call and just went 'arggggh!'"
The next day, Amber was at BBC Broadcasting House to be interviewed by Grimshaw before going to meet Pattinson at a plush hotel.
"He's an actor and I really want to act when I'm older so it was kind of cool to meet him," she said. "I love the Twilight films and I love him, but I wouldn't say I'm a massive fan.
"But he's so famous. I was going red, I was so nervous when we were sitting in the room waiting. He came in and it was OK, he was really nice and calm, so I calmed down. He was so normal. It was quite cool. He was exactly how you see him."
Amber's next challenge was to ask the heartthrob a question live on Radio One.
"I asked him what his top two tips would be for someone wanting to become an actor," she said. "He said to join as many drama clubs as I could manage and to try to be mysterious and not say too much in interviews."
She added: "I thought meeting Robert Pattinson was enough, but then I got to go to the premiere as well, which was amazing.
"My friends weren't jealous, they were happy for me. At least they said they were!"