Interview with Australian AP via Canberra Times, The Paperboy Parts:
Asked if Kidman plays his mother in the movie, Efron raises his eyebrows and breaks into a smile. "Mother? No, she's my love interest," he laughed.
The actor is usually tight-lipped with the media about anything personal, but while talking about Kidman, and the love scenes they shot, he can't contain his excitement. "Nicole is so gorgeous," Efron, looking like the cat that ate the canary, said.
"It was everything you dreamed of. She was such a lovely person. I pinch myself everyday, especially after doing love scenes with Nicole Kidman. It was the highlight of my life. Nicole was something else and was always in character. She didn't get weird method, like some actors do, but I have never seen anyone so centered."
Loving Australia Parts:
It should come as no surprise that Zac Efron will fly to Australia next month for the premiere of one of his new films.
Australia has become Efron's second home, with the 24-year-old Californian born and bred heart-throb taking up any opportunity to fly Down Under for work or, if he has time off, a secret surfing vacation with Aussie mates.
"It is easy to keep a low profile," Efron, sitting in his trailer on the Universal Studios movie lot, told AAP about his unannounced, stealth trips. "We jump into a little bus and my Aussie friends know all of the best surfing spots. We surf every day and barbecue every afternoon. Then we get to bed early, wake up, surf and do it all over again.
"I love Australia. I have been spoiled by how much I have been to Australia and have surfed all over. What I love about Australia, which is what we don't have in California, is there are so many wide open beaches where no-one is at."
...With regular trips to Australia and so many close relationships with Aussies, Efron said he would not mind buying a house in Australia and maybe even becoming a dual US-Australian citizen.
"God, I would love to," he said. "I'd love to get a nice house down there. It would be a dream to do that. I'll do it when I get that big movie and can afford it."
There only appears to be one sticking point preventing Efron from becoming a true blue Aussie. It could be a deal breaker.
"I love the seafood in Australia," he said. "I love meat pies. I love Tim Tams. Vegemite is the only thing I can't do. I'm adventurous and it's not like I will never taste it again, but I just can't quite get the Vegemite thing."
John Cusack on The Paperboy, from metro.co.uk:
What’s been your most unusual day’s work?
Hunting alligators at night in a swamp in Louisiana when we were shooting The Paperboy. I’m not a fan of mosquitoes, swamps or alligators but I like doing those crazy things. Those moments where you think ‘there’s no chance in hell I’m ever going to do this again’ make me really glad I do the job I do – it’s fun.
John also mentions this in an interview with The Sun video here, ~:53.