Bexley teenager interviews Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney
PUBLISHED: 13:50 27 October 2011 | UPDATED: 13:50 27 October 2011
An aspiring teenage reporter bagged a coveted spot on the red carpet where she interviewed Hollywood superstar George Clooney at the London Film Festival.
Lilly Donnelly, 16, from Bexleyheath, grilled the heartthrob on Wednesday at the premier of his new film Ides of March at the British Film Institute (BFI) event.
The Townley Grammer School student even managed to get some top advice about launching a career in the film industry.
She said: “When I found out that I would be speaking to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, George Clooney, I was excited beyond words.
“After preparing many questions, I was ready to go. The atmosphere was electric and the premiere became fairly hectic, but much to my delight, I had the very rare opportunity to speak to him, and I remained surprisingly composed.
“I feel very, very privileged to have had the chance to meet George Clooney and it was without a doubt one of the greatest things I’ve done so far.”
The teen was invited to the glitzy event as part of her role as a young ambassador for FILMCLUB, an education charity encouraging youngsters to explore the world of film.
This was her third assignment for the group after previously having interviewed BAFTA award-winning cinematographer Barry Ackroyd and hosting a webcast about the film In The Land of The Free as part of Black History Month.
During last week’s event, she also interviewed actress Evan Rachel Wood who has appeared in True Blood and the film’s writer Beau Willimon.
To find out more about the charity which is inviting schools to join the scheme, go to www.filmclub.org/register or call 0207 288 4520.
Watch Lilly’s interview at www.filmclub.org