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Celeb Getaway: Zac Efron

Thursday, April 9, 2009

What's your favourite vacation spot and why?

Probably Byron Bay. It's beautiful, it's gorgeous.

What's your number one travel tip?

Be spontaneous and pack light.

What do you never leave home without?

Never leave home without your passport. I've been caught without it too many times. Once burnt twice shy.

What's your ultimate travel destination?

My ultimate travel destination is anywhere. I like to just go where the wind takes me.

What's your best Australian travel experience?

I think my best Australian travel experience … has always been the surfing. Every time I come I always, like, catch great waves and … have a couple good days of surfing.

What was it like playing 37-year-old Mike O'Donnell when you are only 21 years old?

Playing Mike was great; it was a nice change of pace. It was very refreshing to not have to take a song-and-dance break every five minutes in the movie, it was great. And it was different, it was a challenge, it was what I was looking for in my next film … so I was very excited.

What was the best thing about making the movie, 17 Again?

The best thing about making the movie was working with the cast. Once again we had incredible people involved with this movie. Leslie Mann is so talented and so gorgeous and just awesome to be around. Tom Lennon is so hilarious and improvisational and he keeps you on your toes. And Michelle Trachtenburg was awesome and Stirling Knight, [who] played my son, [is a] great kid. Just working with the cast was great. Also, [director] Burr [Steers] was very … helpful to me; he opened my eyes a lot.

What was it like playing the role of a father?

I had virtually no life experience to go on for this role, so playing a dad was scary at first but I just went off what people told me. [I imagined] kind of how my dad was growing up and I worked very closely with Burr to just try to get that dorky father vibe, it worked.

What was your favourite scene in the movie?

My favourite scene in the movie is … we call it the "light sabre battle". It's at the beginning of the film, towards the beginning. It's exactly how it sounds; we have a light sabre fight.

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