Oscars 2015: Meet the Seat Fillers
One of the seat fillers is "looking for love."
Neil Patrick Harris put the spotlight on the seat fillers at the Oscars on Sunday. He had two bits which included the seat fillers, three of them in particular. His first bit called out Laura and Heidi, and his third drew attention to a woman sitting in Octavia Spencer's seat.
THR has tracked down two out of the seat fillers so far: Kate Thomas, who took Spencer's seat, and Laura Cain from San Diego's radio show Jeff and Jer.
Octavia Spencer's seat filler is Kate Thomas, identified to THR by her sister Kelsey Thomas, a Las Vegas TV reporter. When a Twitter user tweeted "Sup Octavia Spencer's seat holder?" Kelsey replied, "She's engaged. Sorry!"
Laura Cain is a radio DJ who is single and "looking for love" according to her show's website. Ahead of Valentine's Day this year Jeff and Jer hosted "Laura's Week of Love," where contestants were selected to go on a date with her at a variety of restaurants. Cain gave a quick summary of her dates on her online diary she keeps on the station's website.
Here's Laura getting ready for the Oscars:
The seat fillers were talked about quite a bit on Twitter:
Harris wandering around the audience chatting with a seat filler named Heidi. Giving the underdogs some attention!— The Corsair (@The_Corsair) February 23, 2015
Shout-out to Heidi the seat filler! #Oscars2015— wusa9 (@wusa9) February 23, 2015
Heidi just lived out every seat filler's dream!!!! #Oscars2015— Catie (@catiewhalen) February 23, 2015
Heidi the seat filler is now famous! As is Laura. And how lucky that Steve gets in too! #Oscars2015— Ron Brackett (@rontimes) February 23, 2015
"Do I get my SAG card now?" --Heidi the Seat Filler #Oscars2015— Brandon Burkhart (@BurkhartBrandon) February 23, 2015
Heidi the Seat Filler will start a YouTube channel first thing tomorrow morning.— Payman Benz (@PaymanBenz) February 23, 2015
Heidi is totally going to beat Laura for Best Seat-Filler. #Oscars— Peter Orvetti (@PeterOrvetti) February 23, 2015
Seat-filler Heidi should have gotten that lego oscar, just sayin— Brette Querzoli (@BretteQ) February 23, 2015
Move over Left Shark, Heidi the Seat Filler took your number. #Oscars— rus_ty (@yt_sur) February 23, 2015
that seat-filler should've been Heidi, from earlier— Grant Hamilton (@Gramiq) February 23, 2015
It's a good night to be a seat filler. #Oscars— POPSUGAR Love (@POPSUGARLove) February 23, 2015
New life goal: become an Oscar's seat filler.— Matthew Norris (@MSchornheuser) February 23, 2015
how do I apply to become a seat-filler at the Oscars 2016?— Bianca Guzzo (@TheBiancaGuzzo) February 23, 2015
also, how do i become a seat filler??? i think thats my destiny— Sarah Wilson (@CapnSarah) February 23, 2015
oh my god lady did they really make you wear a lanyard that says SEAT FILLER pic.twitter.com/bqSRI3xtZG— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) February 23, 2015
Lest we forget, Kramer was a seat filler. A noble calling, indeed: