Elizabeth Olsen is mind-blowing in “Liberal Arts,” her co-star Zac Efron has said. “The Lucky One” heartthrob acts alongside the rising starlet in Josh Radnor’s film, which had its European premiere at Sundance London.
“Elizabeth Olsen is f****** extraordinary, excuse my language. Elizabeth blows my mind, and she’ll blow your mind,” revealed Zac.
The “High School Musical” star also heaped praise on Josh and his second film, and admitted he wanted to get involved even before he knew what his role was.
“I met Josh at the Maui Film Festival in 2010 and he had not directed anything yet at that point. He said, ‘I’m going to direct something. If there’s a part in it, would you do it?’ and I said, ‘Absolutely, 100 per cent’ because I really, really enjoyed our time spent working with him,” he recalled. “He later called and told me I had a part. I think ‘Liberal Arts’ is an amazing, amazing film. I’m not sure how I fit in it but I think he made an incredible movie.”
Zac has set up his own production company, Ninjas Runnin’ Wild, under Warner Bros.
“I want to make cool movies that I would go and see. Anything that’s innovative, that’s new. Edge is the wrong word because I think that implies something kind of risque,” he explained.
And in a thinly veiled swipe at pop stars such as Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers, he added: “I’m not going to make a movie about a concert tour!” [Source]
Zac Efron has admitted he was embarrassed when his mum watched his steamy love scenes in his new film. The “High School Musical” star strips off on-screen for the first time in Scott Hicks’ “The Lucky One,” which sees him portray a US Marine who finds love with a single mum (Taylor Schilling).
Asked how he feels about the hysteria every time he shows a bit of skin, Zac said: “I don’t really know how to put it into words. It’s better than the opposite reaction. I try not to think about it at any point. That’s one thing I don’t notice; I’m looking at all the flaws. I’m looking at the performance more until my mum says very loudly: ‘That’s my boy!’ Then you go: ‘Oh, my God’.”
The 24-year-old said being surrounded by a nervous crew and having a relaxed director helped to dispel any awkwardness.
“Everyone is tense on those days, it’s not just us. It’s kind of like a built-in awkwardness,” he said. “Taylor and I knew each other very well by this point. I tried to make her as comfortable as I could, which was just to laugh it off.”
Zac will next be seen in Josh Radnor’s indie drama “Liberal Arts,” which premiered at Sundance London, and he’s off to Cannes for Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy” – which sees him sharing love scenes with Nicole Kidman.
“Lee Daniels took a risk on me for that part. Every time I had a scene with Nicole, I felt like I was in ‘Moulin Rouge’ – I was so in love with her,” he said.
Zac Efron feels very lucky to have been given the chance to slowly work on his career after he shot to fame on the back of the “High School Musical” franchise. The 24-year-old actor first became a household name when he belted out the lyrics to “We’re All In This Together” alongside co-stars Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens. But, unlike his co-stars, Efron has slowly transformed his image from that squeaky-clean Disney poster boy to a well-rounded Hollywood actor.
The star of Nicholas Sparks film “The Lucky One” revealed to ContactMusic.com that he turned down several roles after “High School Musical” because he wanted to have a long and respectable Hollywood career.
“There were several avenues I could’ve gone down after ‘High School Musical,’ but I looked at the long term… I want to be doing this for a long time, so I wanted to make this transition slowly.”
And, rather than cash in on his popularity and keep his teenage fanbase, Efron wanted to take a step back and make a graceful transition from teen heartthrob to Hollywood name.
“It wasn’t so much about keeping the fans but about making sure I was able to focus on my craft and really take a step back, work hard, work with great directors and have a graceful transition.”
Zac Efron is under no impression that he could have made it thus far alone and looks back respectfully on every director he has worked with in the past.
“It was slow, but I look back at every director I worked with on these films and they are guys I’ve learnt so much from… I didn’t cash in or take the easier route but really focused on learning as I grow. I’m still learning. I’m just very lucky.”
Zac can be seen in “The Lucky One” at the moment, but fans will be happy to know that he will also be starring in “The Paperboy” and “At Any Price” when they hit cinemas later this year. [Source]
Actor Zac Efron made a surprise appearance at the end of “Take a Bow,” a retirement tribute show for Robyn Metchik, drama teacher at Nipomo High and Mesa and Paulding Middle schools, at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night. Efron, who was a student of Metchik at Paulding and at Arroyo Grande High School, had flown to California on Thursday to surprise Metchik at the show.
He has been touring to promote his current movie, “The Lucky One,” at its European premiere and appearing on talk shows.
Efron initially appeared in a video projected on the Clark Center stage, explaining that he could not be there to present her a handmade award done on a posterboard. As the video neared its end, Efron said he would “see what (he) could do,” to give Metchik the award. Appearing to walk off screen, Efron then walked on stage to a surprised Metchik.
After the tribute show, Efron met with Metchik’s current students backstage — who performed with alumni who organized the program — and then attended a reception in her honor. [Source]