06/25/2009 at 09:30 AM EDT
There's nothing like having Matt Lauer put in a good word for you, which certainly worked for an ardent admirer named Samantha on Thursday as she vied for the attention of Transformers
star Shia LaBeouf
while she stood in the plaza – talking to Lauer – outside the Today
show's Studio A.
Inside, in front of the cameras, co-host Meredith Vieira informed LaBeouf that there was a young woman outside who "wants you to go out."
The actor's response, after having watched Lauer chat with Samantha: "I like Samantha a lot. She seems like a real special person. I would love to meet her – is she here?"
Cue Samantha, coffee in hand, entering the studio. Ever the gentleman, LaBeouf, 23, calls her a sweetheart and laments not having a seat to offer her.
"You look great," the actor says and asks if she is wearing her "say nice things to Shia outfit" – which the "shocked" young lady admits she is!
"I've been planning this all week," Samantha, 20, says, "and I bought this [points to her floral skirt] ... I can't believe this!"
Offered Vieira's seat and the chance to ask her crush a question, Samantha stutters, "I don't know what to ask ... I'm in shock ... what kind of girl are you interested in – honestly. Just be honest."
"All kinds," he replies, adding to her follow-up query that he does not have a girlfriend. "What are you doing the rest of the day? My day is boring," he asks.
Watch out Megan Fox