Seventeen Magazine reports from the set of 17 AgainSeventeen was invited to visit the set of Zac Efron's new movie, tentatively called 17 Again, last night, and we got to see the heartthrob in action. The scene was filmed at a house in Los Angeles — it was around 7 p.m. when we arrived, and Zac and his costar Michelle Trachtenberg (Ice Princess) were upstairs acting out a bedroom scene (scandalous!).
After shooting the same scene at different angles for an hour or two (fun fact: producer Jennifer Gibgot (Hairspray) said that most movie scenes take an average of three to four hours to shoot!), Zac ran downstairs and said hi. In a white V-neck T-shirt and red plaid button-up, we swooned when he smiled our way. We talked for a while and found out Zac has no preference when it comes to doing musicals or non-musicals. "Doing a movie is really just the same thing," he said. "But I do bust a move in this one." We're sure it's probably not as choreographed as his dances in HSM or Hairspray, but we can’t wait to see his dancing nonetheless!
"This is the first time I don't relate to my character, though," he said. "I mean, I can't really relate to a 37-year-old man!" Although, in the scene in which he tries to tell his daughter that he's really her dad, he does a pretty good job of imitating his older self, Matthew Perry. The producer even told us that Zac sometimes calls Matthew during scenes for line readings (what a serious actor!).
So, what else did we dig up at the set? Zac's food of choice is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, although Michelle (who loves grilled cheese and Diet Coke) claims he steals the Nutella from her trailer.
The two of them seemed like they had a lot of fun on set together. "It's really great working with Zac," she said. "We have a lot in common."
Production is almost over (Zac's going to begin filming a new movie next week), and 17 Again will be in theaters sometime this summer. We can't wait to see it!
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Efron revisits 'Seventeen'
While sitting among a gaggle of movie extras, I had to contain my laughter at some of the instructions given during my set visit to the shoot of "Seventeen." Girls were told to have their lip gloss on them at all times. And the boys? They better have taken care of any pesky facial hair before or, as a casting coordinator warned, "You don't want me to shave you in front of the director!"
Yikes! It seems some of these "teenagers" aren't as young as they seem. But that's the magic of Hollywood. For example, this night's bonfire scene for the new comedy is meant to take place in the summer, not on a 50-degree night in January. Because of the chilly and windy weather, the shoot was scratched that night, but the stars took time to sit down and chat. And when one of them happens to be Zac Efron, even 15 minutes with this media sensation is worth a trek out to the beach.
Based on an idea by producers Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman (Efron's "Hairspray" director), "Seventeen" is an inverse of the classic Tom Hanks movie "Big." Instead of a young boy turning into an adult, an older man turns into his younger self and, of course, learns something about himself and his family along the way. Matthew Perry plays the older version of Mike O'Donnell, and Efron takes over after Mike is bizarrely turned back into a teenager. Michelle Trachtenberg ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Ice Princess") plays the rebellious daughter O'Donnell has to set straight (among other problems).
"I was a very regular 17-year-old," the 20-year-old Efron notes. "I wasn't fighting crime or anything."
Efron admits hes tried to incorporate a few of Perry's mannerisms for his part, but that's it. He says, "I try not to do too much of it because people really do act different when they are younger. What I wanted to play a lot with this character is watching his youth come out of him when he turns 17. I didn't want it to be the exact same thing."
With the film only five days away from completing production, Efron has found solace on the set, which has thankfully shielded him from increasing paparazzi attention (although Gibgot says he seems to have a sixth sense of when they are around). But Efron also admits, "Sets are not really the fun places you'd think they would be. It's kind of a bunch of ominous, big, hairy grips running around with big trucks."
One thing Efron and Trachtenberg agree on is that neither is ready to return to their high school years. Of course, Efron will make an exception to finish his "Senior Year" this spring.
"'High School Musical 3'? Oh, that I'm looking forward to. Absolutely," Efron says. "We are going to start it in a few months and, other than that, I can't really talk too much about it."
"Seventeen" should hit theaters this August.
OMZ! Guess who I got to hang out with last night? ZAC EFRON! The cutie invited me to the Santa Monica Pier to watch him film scenes from his upcoming comedy Seventeen Again, which hits theaters sometime in August. Zac looked so cute in a blue beanie, white T-shirt and skinny jeans when he came up to me. It was super windy outside so they had to cancel filming for the day, but Zac was all smiles and still sat down with me to chat about the movie.
I don’t want to give too much away, but in the flick a guy named Mike O’Donnell (played by Friends star Matthew Perry) turns back into his 17 year-old self (played by Zac) and ends up going to high school with his own kids! Zac says filming has been a blast because he’s gotten to wear crazy outfits from the ’80s, and even got to dance in one scene! “I think people really change a lot as they get older and I wanted to show how this guy was able to get back in touch with his youth,” he told me.
So, would Zac want to be 17 again? “Being 20 and having just gotten over being 17 — I don’t know if I’m ready to go back,” he says with a laugh. “There are definitely some things I would do differently but that is in no way going to make me want to go back just yet!” He might go back sooner than he thinks because he’s getting ready to film High School Musical 3, where Troy and the Wildcats will be high school seniors. Although the script is top secret, Zac says he is “super excited” to work with everyone again.
On the set with Zac…Part Two!!
Zac felt so bad that I didn’t get to watch him film Seventeen Again last Wednesday, so he invited me back to watch him and costar Michelle Trachtenberg film a hilarious scene last night. It was so cool! The movie is being shot in a mansion in a secret location in Hollywood and it was full of all sorts of cool comic book toys and gadgets. I felt like a director as I watched them film scenes on a monitor and it was so funny to watch Zac and Michelle crack up whenever he would play with his hair or accidentally run into something! The scene was so funny. In it, Michelle’s character is trying to kiss Zac, but she doesn’t realize that he is her dad in the body of a 17-year-old! Talk about confusing (and totally weird)! I can’t wait to find out what happens when the movie comes out this summer.