You’d be forgiven for doing a double take upon seeing Zac Efron’s bulging biceps in his new movie The Lucky One, an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel about a Marine searching for the woman he believes is his good-luck charm. Yes, the former High School Musical star seems changed, matured. No more puppy love. No more bursting into song by the lockers. Just brooding silence, burning desire and…a beard. And man, oh, man, does he look good. So let’s get to know Zac 2.0.
GLAMOUR: The Lucky One is definitely a tearjerker. What’s the last movie that made you cry in the theater?
ZAC EFRON: Toy Story 3. I probably cried like 10 times in that movie. I wasn’t alone! Every other dude there was teary.
GLAMOUR: What was the hardest thing about doing your Lucky One role?
ZAC EFRON: It is sensitive playing a U.S. Marine sergeant. We met with a bunch of staff sergeants at Camp Pendleton. Most of them were my height, but they really had a lot of extra weight on them. So for the role I must have put on 25 pounds.
GLAMOUR: Was your diet crazy?
ZAC EFRON: If I could lay out on a table what I ate in one day, your jaw would drop. It was thousands and thousands of calories. One day I put three chicken breasts into a blender and hit “puree,” because I just couldn’t chew. Chewing was taking so long!
GLAMOUR: You really bulked up! This movie will presumably make you even more of a heartthrob. Who are your wildest female fans?
ZAC EFRON: You know, it’s the moms who are overaggressive. A lot of times their daughters are very sweet and cordial, and the moms tend to grab you and scream and want to kiss you. You gotta watch out for the moms.
GLAMOUR: OK, let’s do some Glamour Facebook fan questions. Chelsi Donaldson asks, What’s your worst habit?
ZAC EFRON: I’m bad at returning phone calls. This is a good example: I saw a missed call from an unknown number, and I didn’t check my voice mail. Finally I got around to it, and it was Michelle Pfeiffer, asking if I was doing New Year’s Eve. She said, “Hurry and call me back, because if you do it, I want to do it.” So I’m going, “Oh my God!”
GLAMOUR: Here’s one from Mona Elizondo: As an actor who is photographed often, do you have any insecurities?
ZAC EFRON: There are those moments when you’re getting off a flight and there’s a bunch of photographers out there, and you’re like, “Whoa, dude. I just woke up. I’ve still got drool on my chin.”
GLAMOUR: What’s your ideal first date?
ZAC EFRON: I think dating, just sitting at a dinner table and forcing yourself to talk, kind of sucks. There’s a really cool wine-tasting place in Vancouver where they set up a canvas for you to paint on while you drink. That’s a fun first date!
GLAMOUR: Do you think long-distance relationships can ever work?
ZAC EFRON: It depends. Everyone’s different. It’s a bit of a challenge. If you’re really in love, you can make anything work.