Zac Efron lends his voice to the big screen in the upcoming adaption of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. His character, Ted, is on the search for a tree to impress his love interest, Audrey, played by Taylor Swift, in the colorful, 3D animated film. We sat down with Zac recently and he shared what it was like to record in the studio and a few stories about his upcoming project, The Paperboy, with Matthew McConaughey! Check out our interview and catch The Lorax in theaters on March 2.View Transcript »
Whenever I watch the finish back, I just, I laugh. Because you really get, you know, you gotta get into it. He left me in the dust. It was embarrassing. He'd say, "Come on skinny." Zac, so this is your first animated film, we usually see you in ensembles, like most recently New Year's Eve, so was it hard for you to be in a booth all by yourself? Yeah, it was. There was a part of me that wanted to, you know, hang out with the cast and everything because they're such cool people. Yeah. But at the same time, you kinda do want to be alone because when you record you look like a total freak. You know, you're running around doing jumping jacks. So then when you were in the booth by yourself, were you surprised and how animated you were, like yours, because they're taking the shots of your face and then kind of putting some of those in the film as well. Yeah. Yeah. Sometimes whenever I watch the finish back, I laugh. Because you really get, you know, you gotta get into it. Have you seen the film with kids yet? I have not. I watched it with a couple of adults. Are you ready for them, kids, to recognize your voice? I mean like, "That's the guy." Yeah. And I can't wait. It'd be great. I mean to go see it. I might go sneak into some theaters. Is that fun for you to sneak into theater as well? Get people like your reaction? Sort of. This is probably gonna be the most exciting one ever. So, you share the screen with Betty White and Taylor Swift, so Betty's your grandma, and Taylor's your love interest, but in real life, who do you have a bigger crush on, Betty or Taylor? Whew it's tough, I don't know. They're both so hot. It's a toss up. It's a toss up. Toss up. Too close to call. How am I supposed to pick? So, let's talk about another film you're doing that's also based on a book, The Lucky One. Yeah, it's a Nicholas Sparks novel. We adapt it. And it is about Logan, Staff Sergeant that comes home from this third tour. And he is on a mission to find his girl in the photograph because the photograph was his lucky charm during the war. And he believes it has saved his life. Yeah, I'm really excited for it. I can't wait for everyone to see it. Oh, and then another film, you're in the Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey. Yeah . So Channing Tatum was on SNL this weekend and did a pretty spot on impression of Mathew. And he Oh, did he really. Yeah, and Matt Damon does a really good impression. Do you have a Matthew McConaughey impression? No, man, he's just cool, man. So, cool. So, it's really good. Basically for Paperboy, I had to try and get a little bit of Matthew going but I'll save it for the movie. But sudden draw. Yeah. It's not even sudden draw, he's Matthew. It's like the man, which is cool, I don't know what it is. And so, did you guys trade any fitness tips, 'cause he's pretty stuck. Honestly, we train during Paperboy and he would take me on some runs. I'm not a big runner you know, I can keep up. I'm faster than the average dude, for sure. And, man, literally he runs so fast I've never seen a guy with more endurance. He left me in the dust. It was embarrassing. He'd say, "Come on, skinny!" It was embarrassing. I think I can do more pull-ups now.