Role Mommy interviews Zac Efron
This Friday, March 2nd Dr. Seuss' The Lorax opens in theaters! The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Zac Efron lends his vocal talents to the lead character of Ted and Rolemommy sat down with him to discuss making a difference and the one lady he always tries to impress....
Question: Did you have to be alone in the animation studio? How do you get yourself psyched up when you do the voice over?
Mr. Zac Efron: You would usually film really early in the morning, and my voice is not my best. So, normally, we'd sit around for about a half hour and drink green tea while my voice recouped. Then, we'd get going, and I'd raise it two octaves. It was very fun, yes.
Question: Did your involvement with the film made you more environmentally aware and if so, how?
Zac Efron: It did. I always have this feeling in the back of my mind that I'm never doing enough, you know? And it's true. It's like you can never do enough. So, I was really searching for a way to get involved. What is the way I'm gonna jump in and how can I take charge and make a difference? And that was one of the best parts about this movie is I feel like, finally, I'm representing a cause. This is gonna plant those seeds out there. People are going to see this movie and maybe it'll tip one or two people to become more green. And those are the small things that really count. Other than that, I try and do the regulars. I try and conserve as much as I can, yes.
Question: What did you find to be the most challenging doing an animated voice?
Zac Efron: Challenging? It was fun. I think the hardest part about it, and it's just like anything else, is you've just got to let go. You've got to be free. And the first two days I did it, you're self conscious. There's a camera in your face. You know you look like an idiot. You're saying ridiculous lines and making big hand gestures. Someone's going to see this footage.Once you let go and commit and just be free and have fun, that's when the real spontaneity and improvisation comes out, and it just turns into one of the most fun things in the world. So, just letting go, forget where you are.
Question: Do you work with anybody on the set at all? So, I know you didn't see Taylor [Swift] too much, but most of this was just by yourself in a recording studio.
Zac Efron: Yes.
Question: Did you ever meet any other actors and actresses to kind of play off each other?
Zac Efron: No.
Question: Did they just stand there and read to you and then you have to react?
Zac Efron: Yes, sort of. I mean, once you get the line and the context, then you work with the director [Chris Renaud] to figure out specifically how you want to do it. Then, you just try it a bunch of different times. I prefer to read with people. So, I'd have him [Chris] read the lines with me. And as much as I tried to make him do Taylor's voice, he couldn't do it.
Question: Have you ever done anything for a girl in order to win her over such as, a big grand gesture?
Zac Efron: My mom really likes it when we write her. Honestly, I don't care what you get my mom. She doesn't care about the present. But, the card is huge to her and it's so nice. So, we try and put all of our love into it and tell her how much we love her into a card, and that's the only thing she ends up keeping. I mean, usually, everything else doesn't matter.