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MAOW Videos: Zac Efron talks with Empire, MTV, TV Guide and more  
Empire Magazine with Zac

MTV: Zac talks Claire Danes

TV Guide Junket interview with Zac

Zac speaking at Q&A in Austin

Hollywood Outbreak: Claire Danes on Sonja

Hollywood Outbreak: Richard on Orson

Empire Magazine with Claire Danes

Empire Magazine with Christian McKay

Link: Guardian interview with Richard Linklater
Mood: curiouscurious
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Beejeezbee on December 3rd, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Watching the Empire video...

I love Zac but I wish someone (aka Gina) would take him to the side and tell him to stop fidgeting that much during interviews. He needs to stop permanently touching his hair, face, neck and arms during interviews because it makes him look like a vain and superficial douchebag, and it makes him hard to take serious. I’ll get he’s probably nervous and sometimes it’s endearing but it’s time to grow up. He’s done so many interviews by now, it can’t be that hard to keep your hands better under control (esp since it’s getting worse than better).

The endorsement for “Children in Need” was the worst. Why on earth didn’t Gina or Jason tell him to do it again? One of them surely had to be in the room when it was recorded and must have seen how stupid it looked when he touched his hair during that 20sec endorsement.

ETA: I should probably add that imo it's fine to "talk with your hands," the issue I have is with all the hair, face etc touching.

Edited at 2009-12-03 12:54 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 3rd, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
IA. And I don't totally understand why all of the sudden he's doing it so much. It is slightly baffling.

He needs to channel his nervous fidgeting somehow... it's really distracting and not in a good way.

Gina or somebody needs to teach him some tricks, like holding something small like a paperclip or rubberband in your fingers and playing with that... something small enough people don't notice.
Spaßbremsespassbremse123 on December 3rd, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Who's Gina?
jessica3311: Beatlesjessica3311 on December 3rd, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
his publicist
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Tizaudrey_za on December 3rd, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Just not gum chewing. I just think it's so distracting and borderline tacky to conduct interviews/walk a red carpet whilst smacking on gum. :/ I guess if you can chew discretely, but it's usually noticable due to open mouthed chewing, making the gum at some point visible. D:
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on December 3rd, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
If he's nervous, he's nervous.

I think he's more antsy. After sitting in a room for hours and hours, aynone would want to break out.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 3rd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I agree, but there are ways of dealing with it or handling it that look more professional and are less obvious.

I think the problem with it is that doing it that much is distracting from his message in a very detrimental way. And I don't think that's what he wants.
zaccy23zaccy23 on December 3rd, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more. I really noticed it on Letterman. I kept asking Audrey, "Why won't he sit still?"

I hope to god it's not related to something in his system. It makes me nervous:/
jessica3311: Bluejessica3311 on December 3rd, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
i noticed it the most on the DC CBS interview with Richard & Claire with that movable seat LOL
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Laughaudrey_za on December 3rd, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Remember at one point I said "Where is he going?" His foot/leg adjusting legit looked like he was about to get up and walk somewhere, LOL.
Shruticalcified on December 3rd, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I think the only thing that's weird is that it's getting much worse than it used to be. Perhaps he really feels more judged and famous than before?

I feel bad holding the Empire video against him. He was so sick, you could see and hear it.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 3rd, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
That's what I think is weird too and I'm trying to understand it... I mean clearly this film is a bit outside of his comfort zone and on top of his own incredible feeling of responsibility to everyone in the cast and crew, everyone outside the film is making it seem so important in his career (whether it is or not who knows?) but is it more than that? idk. It is something I am pondering a lot, lol.

And I'm sure being sick makes it worse too... like I'm sure it magnifies every uncomfortable feeling in him.
Shruticalcified on December 3rd, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
everyone outside the film is making it seem so important in his career

Right? This is what I was just talking to you about. I am actually kind of baffled by it because I don't see it as a marked departure or anything, just a move on a slow progression - which suits me fine, and I think is what Zac meant with the film. He looks overwhelmed by the assumption that it's anymore than that. I don't know how to explain...every other film he's done has been endowed with some sort of "meaning" in his career with the popular press, and there's no reason for them not to do the same with this. But instead of being like - this is Zac in a smaller, more intimate movie, a bit more stagey, etc etc - it has become this big THING, like a huge marker stepping stone. But it's not and I wish they had waited until he took a part that was much harder, and more demanding of him, so at least he could be making a point, if you will.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 3rd, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
I can see why they think it is a big deal... I mean it's got all the hallmarks of being one... it's indie, it's an important director, it's got a great cast, it's a big topic, etc.

But I think once that project comes along where he really does break out then people will be saying all the same things. It's just the way they sell stuff.

I am also sort of reminded in this convo of this twitter I read yesterday or the day before:

@popcornaddict High School, check. Singing, check. Dancing, check. Just your usual Zac Efron movie then, just with less basketball added snore factor

Which is a really shallow and rather unfair view on the movie but in it's way isn't completely false.
Shruti: Zac | Paparazzicalcified on December 3rd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
lololol but you're right. It's not wrong at all to say he's been doing very similar things. I wish people emphasized the differences in personality more but...I hate to say it, there aren't a huge number. Like that Empire video, how is Mark O'Donnell or Troy Bolton not a suave overachiever (wrong w.c.) go-getter? How does the latter not discover his love for theater? How do either not start to understand love? Etc. He hasn't sold me at all on what has changed from character to character.

Edited at 2009-12-03 06:19 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 3rd, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
I think Mike/Mark is the most different but Link, Troy and Richard are basically all somewhere on the continuum that is high school aged entertainer.
butterflybee260: pic#92303613butterflybee260 on December 3rd, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)

lol funny you say that because as I was watching the movie last night I kept thinging 'this isn't any different than we've seen before, just a different setting.' I actually think that Mike/Mark gave him a meater character and role and that he did better in it.
Beejeezbee on December 3rd, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't have said anything if it was only the Empire video. I've noticed it for a while, Empire just triggered my response.

I noticed it first in the NYLON video but you can also see it on Letterman or The View or that charity endorsement, or basically in every video during the promo to a different degree.

And while he's never been sitting still, it's so much worse now but at the same time he should be more experienced with it. I get the pressure aspect and everything else but still...

I'm not saying it's easy to control when it's against your nature but it's part of the job and if it's getting as "worse" as it is, I would expect Gina to step in and make him aware of it.

PS: Are LJ notifications working for everyone else? I seem to be getting only like 5%

Shruticalcified on December 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I absolutely agree with you; I pointed it out to Cady after that endorsement (omg what was he doing, what a mess). I didn't notice it as much in the Nylon interview because he was being so charming and not...awkward. Like I feel like touching himself (lolol) wasn't an AWKWARD gesture all the time, but it's become one.

Yeah but I really have no idea why it's progressing other than ~the fame~ getting to his head a little.