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San Diego seat filler singled out at the Oscars

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - While most of us had to make do with just watching the stars at the Oscars on TV last night, one lucky San Diegan was literally sitting among them.

For the past five years, Laura Cain has served as a so-called "seat filler" for the epic Hollywood event.

"Everywhere you look, there's somebody famous," Laura said.

While most mornings you can hear the "Jeff and Jer" co-host on the radio, if you were watching the Oscars Sunday night, you -- and the rest of the country -- had a chance to see her.

"It's super busy. It goes by really fast, because we're on our feet, we're up, we're down," she said.

And of course, you have to play the part. Laura rocked a BCBG dress that she rented, although she bought her accessories.

"I got my jewelry from Target, but it was blingy and everything," she said.

Blingy enough to catch the attention of host Neil Patrick Harris, who called her out as part of the show.

"It was surreal," she said.

A day later, Laura says the moment is still sinking in.

"I'm still dying inside. I mean, my mom saw it, my kids, my high school prom date texted me. He saw it," she said.

Afterward, she even got some pics -- one with Cate Blanchett, and another with John Stamos, who stuck around for more.

"John Stamos is photo-bombing my picture with Bradley Cooper. It's classic, I love it," she said.

Laura says she would love to keep serving as seat filler at the Academy Awards for years to come.

"I'd do it 'til I'm 80 years old, 'til I can't sit up and down anymore," she said.

Laura says that one of the most entertaining parts of serving as a seat-filler is actually being mistaken for who she's filling in for. At one point when she left her hotel dressed for the Oscars, she says some paparazzi started snapping her picture, just in case she was a bona fide Hollywood celebrity.

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