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Jul 18th
09:09 pm
This dude Nelson Aspen...  
He interviewed Zac today and wrote up some really nice things. His perspective is interesting because he actually interviewed Zac three years ago for Hairspray so he has a bit of a before and after take...

We hear so much about bad behaviour in show business these days, that I always like to point out when a young star impresses me with smarts & manners. INCEPTION's Joseph Gordon-Levitt has always reminded me of Tom Cruise in his outstanding courtesy and intelligent conversation (in fact, they're the only two male celebrities I've met who are consistently gentlemen-enough to stand & shake hands when greeting a journalist). And now today I had the pleasure of interviewing superstar Zac Efron, waterside at the lovely Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey.

I first met Zac when he was promoting HAIRSPRAY...before the Fame Train hit him full speed. Back then, he struck me as an energetic, playful kid who was having an awfully good time enjoying the ride. But after the global phenomenon of the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL franchise, I worried that "Famous Person's Disease" may have infected him. After all, it happens to the best of 'em and I've seen it time and time again: idolized celebrities caving in to believe their own publicity and letting the devotion of fawning fans go to their head. Publicly, Zac has always seemed to eschew the frenzy...keeping to himself and maintaining as much of a private life away from the media as possible.

Today, in spite of the throngs of female admirers camped out nearby and the ever-present bodyguard on watch, he was self-effacing, friendly and gregarious. Polite and courteous to everyone around him (when the cameras were rolling and especially when they were not). We chatted about how he handles fame, the choices he makes in his career and a little bit about our mutual love of baseball, too! As a devotee of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I forgive him for being a San Francisco Giants fan and he wisely knows how to diplomatically straddle an allegiance between the rival teams.

Hopefully Joseph and Zac will continue to follow in the footsteps of stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and John Travolta...intelligent, great talents who are also considerate gentlemen. I mentioned to Zac that some people have said that, if he continues his current career path, he could be the next Tom Hanks. He was surprised and delighted with that. After all, even movie stars can use a good role model!


He also talked about the Giants and Dodgers thing (just for beeonkaa when she gets back, lol):

Mood: pleasedpleased
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on July 19th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
That was lovely.

Loved the JGL parallels.
zaccy23zaccy23 on July 19th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
Me too. I love JGL. I'm so glad he's finally getting the attention he deserves. He was so GREAT in Inception!!
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on July 19th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Saw Inception yesterday and walked away feeling like JGL (and Ellen) was the best part of the movie! His stunt work was ridic and complex. The man was beyond.

I too hope he gets recognized for this particular role.

(Leo was good, but we've seen him in this role before. I'll be disappointed if this is what gets him an Oscar.)
zaccy23zaccy23 on July 19th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah Ellen definitely surprised me. I think she held her own very well. In total agreement about Leo. Another strong performance, but he always gives strong performances imo. Marion is so beautiful it's not fair. Also so OT from Zac (sorry) but I thought the score was WONDERFUL!
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on July 19th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
If I'd heard the plot I would have never been like 'Oh, Ellen Page makes sense'. Good for her taking on that role and surpassing expectations.

Leo and Marion's onscreen chemistry reminded me so much of Shutter Island. Like you said, SUCH a strong performance but unfortunately- we've seen this character before. It's a crazy predicament that Leo has to push the envelope further- but it's obvious the skill is there to go somewhere audiences have not yet seen. The score was perfect (and LOUD).

In a desperate attempt to bring this convo back around to Zac, the score actually made me think of CStC in that there weren't any Top 40 Radio kind of hits. The music, if any, was all composed.
xlovezanessa on July 19th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
he's that dude from that sunrise show in Australia.He's that entertainment reporter. I wonder if its going to air on the show or wait until the movie is closer to the Australian release date.?
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: jgl | magnetic babymetrocard on July 19th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)

LOL, I wonder if this will put an end to the epic Bee vs. Zac's Sport Team Loyalty saga.
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: z | I ain't lost just wanderingmetrocard on July 19th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Oh wait, it wasn't exactly a comparison. W/E, I'm down for JGL and Zac being named in the same...paragraph thing.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on July 19th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
it kind of was. they are all in a special class of niceness i guess.

and i'm not sure this is good enough for bee, lol. he needs to wear a giants ballcap to a dodgers game first. and stop wearing those shitty dodgers caps period.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on July 19th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
JGL did walk out of an interview once when asked about something personal. i forget the circumstances.

My fav JGL thing, wa sthe paparazzi video of him, and the pap was implying he was gay... and thn JGL with his own camera talked to the pap, and found out the pap was gay, and had a crush on him. the tables had turned. it was sweet and funny.
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: film | kick ass - hit girlmetrocard on July 19th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
I think I am just tired and am having difficulty like...reading and stuff. WHATEVER, It's all good, I dig it, etc. Zef and JGL need to work together, that would just make my life perfect.

But those Dodger caps compliment his complexion so nicely!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on July 19th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
shit you're right, i forgot. blue is his color, he can't fight that :/
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: efrons | opposite of adultsmetrocard on July 19th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Nope, he might as well just embrace it. Sry Bee.

TBH this reminds me of this guy I knew who would only wear black because it brought out his ~blue eyes~ and omg I hated that kid.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators): seahawks rule says zehs_wildcats on July 19th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
the blue thing is also partly why he is a seahawks fan btw, js. why do san francisco teams have such shitty colors?
Shruti: TV | About Thatcalcified on July 19th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators): seahawks rule says zehs_wildcats on July 19th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
well now that is clearly photoshopped
Shruticalcified on July 19th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
i'm pretty sure you're referring to your face.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on July 19th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
JGL pap video. its funny

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on July 19th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
i feel like i vaguely recall seeing this before.

tbh, sometimes i don't like the things jgl says, sometimes he sounds super pretentious. though i think for the most part, especially given how he could've turned out growing up totally in the business, he's an ok dude. and i do hope he and zac work together.
Spaßbremsespassbremse123 on July 19th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
Asshole jr. is kinda attractive :\
Shruti: Girl | Careycalcified on July 19th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Girl, you know it will not. She still thinks he's a traitor.
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: dead | georgemetrocard on July 19th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Maybe it will curb her anger ever so slightly?

/doubtful, the battle wages on!