Zac Efron was at the Waldorf Astoria in midtown Manhattan last week to talk about his raunchy new film, “That Awkward Moment.” He plays 26-year-old Jason, a womanizer who has commitment issues and whose most meaningful relationships are with his longtime pals, played by Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan.
The handsome trio was at the press conference to field questions, and things got personal.
Also at the press conference was British actress, Imogen Poots (in the upcoming “Need for Speed” and “Squirrels to the Nuts”), who plays the brainy and unlikely complicated woman Efron’s character falls for.
Along with Poots, first-time director Tom Gormican, who also wrote the script, chimed in with occasional wisecracks.
Zac gets naked in the film, which will make most of the girls (and some of the guys) very happy.
“In Zac’s defense, he was absolutely game for anything. It’s very difficult for him to take things off because he’s in terrible shape,” Gormican cracked.
Efron said about his character, “What I liked most about him is that he’s honest. I’ve always believed from day one of a relationship that honesty is the most important thing. It’s difficult, especially in scenarios like you have in this movie, where you’re young and single and figuring out your own life.”
Any guidelines for their own relationships?
“For me, once I know that it’s not going to work, once I spend enough time with someone to know we’re not compatible, I’m very good at cutting off,” Teller said. “I truly think life’s too short to spend it on bad relationships, and that includes friendships. If you’re really not getting anything out of it and it’s one sided, who cares? ‘Cause at the end of the day, it’s hard to keep relationships with people. My family, my best friend, relatives – a girl’s going to be a part of it – it’s got to be good. If not, I’m out.”
Jordan added, “It’s easier said than done. Sometimes with matters of the heart when your emotions get involved… ” He plays the steady guy, a workaholic doctor, who tries to make his marriage work, even after he learns his wife is having an affair. “I am in a vulnerable state right now.” (I think he meant his screen character.)
“It’s tough to do what we do, being actors, and constantly moving,” Efron said. “I don’t want to commit to relationships where I can’t be 100 percent there for that person all the time, and you know … it’s difficult. It’s difficult.”
Poots added, “I think what the movie kind of shows you is that your friends don’t necessarily dictate the sort of person you fall for. Jason pursues the same kind of girl all the time, and I think that’s true whatever gender you are, you can’t really choose who you fall for, and your friends can’t combat that.”
More to come from the press conference for “That Awkward Moment,” which opens Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.