COUP DE MAIN: First of all, congratulations on your new film ‘Charlie St. Cloud’! It’s a very moving story. What was running through your mind the first time that you read the script?
ZAC EFRON: Thank you. Thank you very much! The first time I read the script, it was kind of too good to be true because I happened to be spending the night on my Dad’s sailboat just to sort of change things up. When I opened the script, I didn’t know it was about sailing. It just had the name on it: ‘Charlie St. Cloud’. But when I flipped it open, the first thing was the sailboat race. And there I was, on the front-deck of a really nice sailboat. And as soon as I started to read into the race, I remember, the wind kind of picked up. And I was like: ‘Wow!’ It was kind of like in ‘The NeverEnding Story’ or something. It was kind of weird!
CDM: I guess like all good things in life, it was meant to be…
ZAC: Yeah exactly – well put!
CDM: What drew you to play the character of Charlie St. Cloud?
ZAC: His emotional journey. He has a close relationship with his brother and I can relate to that as well. And then the way that he becomes withdrawn, is just… I could sympathize with it, but at the same time, I didn’t know if I could actually achieve that. It seemed like a harder cast than just another musical or something like that – it would be a new experience for me. And that was the other intriguing side of it.
CDM: Having a younger brother yourself, did that give you some helpful insight to draw upon?
ZAC: It did indeed. I just had a whole lifetime of memories to think about my little bro. So I called into it often. I just thought about all the good times we had and what it would be like without him and that was a pretty strong emotional trigger for me.
CDM: After watching the film last week, I longed to steal Tess’ boat and sail off into the sunset… did you ever feel that urge too?
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ZAC: Oh yeah – oh man! Every day. Especially after a long press tour. I think it would be a great way to see the world, on a sailboat. Something about getting there on the power of the wind, is empowering. It feels organic and it feels liberating.
Source: Coup De Main Magazine