While working on making the movie Seventeen Again, Michelle Trachtenberg and Zac Efron had the strange situation of pretending to be daughter and father.
After all, the movie is about a middle aged guy played by Matthew Perry who finds himself made into a 17-year-old, so Zac Efron plays Perry as a teenager. Michelle Trachtenberg has the role of his daughter…and in real life she’s two years older than he is!
But the two found their groove quickly.
“I call him dad,” she said with a laugh to Hollywood.com. ”[I say things like], Good morning, dad.”
One scene called for her to hit slap Zac hard, and she admitted that wasn’t the most comfortable thing in the world.
“I felt really bad because the other night I had to slap Zac and that was really hard for me to do. There were like three takes and he was such a trooper,” she explained.
“His face was burning red and I was like, ‘I’m sorry!’ He was like, ‘Just do it. Come on!’ He was so funny.”
“The thing about slaps on camera is there are so many ways to do it wrong!” added Efron.
ETA: a few other new quotes from an interview with hollywood.com posted @ the 17 again blog.
HW: Michelle, your character Maggie sounds like a total rebel.
MT: She’s pretty cool. You can’t see it right now but I usually have bright green extensions in or like black and blonde extensions in or burgundy ones. She’s a really fun girl … She’s sort of your typical 17-year-old girl, kind of rebelling against her parents. She’s being inspired by her boyfriend, who is a rebel with a tattoo and just sort of angry at her parents, doesn’t understand why they’re getting divorced and trying to go through her everyday life not caring.
HW: You guys are having fun right? Who is the biggest prankster on set?
MT: It’s me. I’m probably the worst …I make fun of everyone just for laughs.
ZE: That’s gonna be a great quote. I can just see that in print: “I make fun of everyone.”
MT: No. I honestly think that because I didn’t have the same high school experience I’ve sort of just been really odd about the fact that this entire cast really loves each other and we all give each other such fun stuff that we pick on each other.
HW: Did you guys fit in [at high school]? What kind of clothes did you wear?
ZE: I used to not even care. I’d literally wear pajamas to school.
MT: I wore a uniform to school and I would rebel so hard against the uniform. I’d wear like striped socks and platform shoes and tons and tons of necklaces.