Access Atlanta Interview
The jury’s still out on whether nuanced turns by Efron and co-stars Kim Basinger and Ray Liotta will win critical praise -- or if "Charlie St. Cloud," adapted from Ben Sherwood’s popular novel, employs too many schmaltzy emotional hooks. But one thing is certain: Efron lights up the screen.
When Efron came to town a few weeks ago to throw some baseballs with Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell and the Dan Perez campers at Murphey Candler Park, he sat down in the field house to talk about the film, what’s playing on his iPod, and how his love life’s going.
Q. "Charlie St. Cloud" is being described as a cross between "The Sixth Sense" and "Field of Dreams." Was it tough to play an intense dramatic role like this one?
A. [Playing Charlie] was the fun part -- getting in there and imagining that. It was a different vibe on set. Hopefully [audiences] will have an emotional reaction and walk away thinking. [The film is] uplifting at the end. It doesn’t end on a sad note. It’s a journey you have to go through to experience it.
Q. What was it like to film the underwater scenes?
A. You think, “Oh, it’s just a movie,” but it’s actually very real. We had a 20-feet-deep tank with a boat flipped upside down, submerged. I was free diving from air tank to air tank. You couldn’t come up for air at the end of a take. Some of the takes were like a minute and a half long. ... You’re so out of breath, you’re still 20 feet under water and then somebody hands you a respirator. No goggles. It was a week of underwater filming in a pool with chlorine. My eyes were swollen. But it was so much fun at the same time.
Q. You and co-star Amanda Crew ["Final Destination 3"] have some real chemistry.
A. It wasn’t hard. Doing this was different and new for both of us. We committed and rehearsed a lot. Being on that journey together and having somebody on this wild ride is really important. We definitely connected.
Q. You did the films "17 Again" and "Me and Orson Welles," and now you’re starting your own production company. Have you quit singing?
A. Right now, there are other adventures to have. I’m not ditching [singing]. I’m not embarrassed about it at all. I loved "High School Musical" and "Hairspray." They’re very close to my heart -- and the projects that made me fall in love with [this job]. As my taste in film evolves, though, I watch a certain director’s work and I can’t help but say, “Gosh, man, I want to be in one of these stories.” They’re meaningful for a different reason.
Q. What music are you listening to these days?
A. I’m on a reggae kick. I also love REBolution, Slightly Stoopid, Kings of Leon. I’m into all sorts of hip-hop and rap. I really like Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Kid Cudi.
Q. Can you tell us a few of your favorite movies?
A. There are so many. But I will say this, one of my favorite movies of all time is "The Goonies." That was my go-to movie when I was a kid. A lot of kids today have never seen it. It’s the best adventure story ever.
Q. Are you still dating your "High School Musical" co-star Vanessa Hudgens?
A. Yep! We’re still dating. I’m going home tonight so she can see me [laughs]. Back to L.A.!
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Just before our interview with Zac Efron at the Peninsula Hotel Thursday, the "Charlie St. Cloud" star filled up on filet mignon at Gibson's. "It was top notch, definitely," says Efron, 22. "I finished it all, too, so I'm definitely feeling it right now."
The rising star, who is constantly mobbed by screaming fans, says that an average Saturday date night with girlfriend and "High School Musical" co-star Vanessa Hudgens consists of sneaking out to a restaurant and grabbing a movie. "We go to the movies a lot. The movies is a place we tend to not get bothered, surprisingly enough. We try and see most movies in theaters."
The best he's seen recently? "Toy Story 3."