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23 March 2009 @ 01:05 pm
HSM Act 2: Zac Efron  
The last curtain has dropped. The DVD is released. All 6 stars have declined to return for a fourth installment. It looks like HSM, as we know it, has come to an end. So as the Big Six take their bows, we wonder… is there a second act? Pasta and I have been exchanging e-mails on the subject and have put together our guide to prognosticating the future of the HSM stars. Over the next week or so, expect a post on each star with lovely graphics by Pasta and commentary from both of us.  Let’s look into the crystal ball, shall we?

What better way to start than the leader of the pack...

What's Next for Zac Efron?

Zac burst onto the screen with his gap toothed good looks and won us all over with Drew Seeley's intoxicating vocal  arrangements. But what is next for the affable legend?

Zachary David Alexander Efron

Known aliases
Zac, Zac Attack, The Tanned Beast Efron

Oct 18, 1987, San Luis Obispo, CA (Age 21)

Special talents
Actor, singer, smile that could launch a thousand tweenage screams

Key quote
"I just fell in love with theater, and after being so focused on  school my whole life and musical theater, specifically, being my creative outlet, I can't believe that it has turned into something  more than that. I'm grateful and thankful and amazed at how it's all  turned out. I'm still on the craziest ride of my life."

The Pasta and M Evaluation:

Zac Efron, future A-lister? At this point, it appears he has the best chance, if 17 Again isn't a huge bomb. Quite a bit hinges on that movie, doesn’t it? We’ve seen the trailer, and we don’t hate it. It’s no Slumdog or Juno or even Ferris Bueller; but it looks to have some legit comedic moments, and it seems to showcase Zac’s good-natured ability to poke fun at himself. From the start, Zac served as the mouthpiece of the gang in interviews, and he’s well established as an affable, all-American, all star. With all those a-words, how could he not be on the A-list?

Well, we have some ideas how he could foul himself. (See how I did that with the sports metaphor? What team? Wildcats!)

We are concerned about his hair, and hope that he has time to start showering again somewhere in the near future. Yes, yes, we know that he is on trend with the oil-slicked do-- R Pattz is also sporting that look and even bragging about it a bit—but like mom jeans, greasy hair is something we will all look back on and cringe.

We are also concerned about his involvement with Baby V. We’ll give her plenty of attention later, but we can’t help but wonder if she’s a bit of an albatross around his neck. Zan interviews well with plenty of bon mots, and Hollywood types speak of him as being gregarious and charming but also sort of devious… are we seeing a budding Clooney? It’s clear the guy has some layers, at least. But at the moment, he’s marketing himself as a package deal with Vanessa, and she does not come across as a sparkling wit. See this D23 interview- V goes on and on about being a princess and things being gorgeous, while Zac elaborates and makes jokes. They just don’t seem to playing on the same field.

Is this a case of a great guy chained to a dumb girl because he’s enjoying the fringe benefits (read: sex)? Personally, I’m hesitant to cast too many aspersions on a relationship because nobody really knows what goes on other than the two people involved, but I wonder if Zac’s entry into the world of more mature roles might introduce him to girls with more obvious layers. Time will tell…
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tejal: oth: brooke + lucas//112sparkagrace on March 23rd, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
This sounds like it'll be a great series. I enjoyed reading this article. I think 17 Again has a lot of potential, and if it succeeds, I think that Me and Orson Welles will definately catapult him into the big leagues. Considering Footloose doesn't seem to be a go (which is a good thing, IMO) I'm intrigued to see where he goes next.

I don't think Vanessa is dumb, per se, I think she just has a little bit more maturing to do. I find that she doesn't really have interesting things to say in interviews - perhaps because she's not wholly comfortable with it.
Mm_alicious on March 23rd, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Me and Orson Welles will get any kind of wide release... I haven't heard much about it in a while. And don't be so quick to write off Footloose... it's still on IMDB. And IMDB is never wrong! (I kid!)

I'm a bit nervous about posting our Vanessa forecast- it's not exactly glowing. She just comes up flat to me. I think you're right about the maturing bit. On myspace, she was all about the gangsta speech. On her Twitter (if it really is her), she's back to basically good grammer. So, she's moving on up, but I want her to be more interesting. I think her competition in the young adult acting world is about to get more talent-infused, and she's not going to be able to rely soley on her looks to pull her through. But, you'll hear our full Vanessa assessment in the near future
Melissamy_badgers_27 on March 23rd, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
I've heard that the Vanessa twitter is a fake.
L, Haaazehaaazo on March 23rd, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
L, Haaazehaaazo on March 23rd, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
(And that agreed was for M's little paragraph and a bit.) Haha.
Mm_alicious on March 23rd, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, I stand corrected. It seems Zac has officially dropped out of Footloose...
Melissamy_badgers_27 on March 23rd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping that 17 Again does really well. I love those types of movies and I would just feel so horrible if it flopped. And he washed his hair!

I feel like Vanessa never comes off well in interviews. I don't think she's like that in real life though. I just feel that she's really shy and still doesn't know how to deal with all this fame or whatever. Idk I like her and want her to do well. I'd like to see her in some good strong roles so that hopefully people would be able to see her as an equal to Zac.
elmofudgeelmofudge on March 23rd, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
the d23 interview was really long enough IMO to really assess someones intelligence IMO...plus they were asking them about what it was like to work with Annie and what it was like to portray 2 iconic Disney characters...I honestly think they both did fine...it wasn't meant to be a deep interview

To tell you the truth, I think Vanessa has been improving in regards to her interviewing skills...I saw great progress during HSM3 promo over HSM 1&2 promo...

I think with her we are going to have to wait to read her interviews when she isn't tied to Disney...with Zac we have been able to see him in interviews/doing promo for 2 movies that have been out of Disney...he's able to be more frank with what he thinks...

as for his career...I hope he didn't piss off Paramount too bad when he dropped out of Footloose...and I hope he didn't piss off Kenny and those 2 HS producers that were producing Footloose...

And to tell you the truth, I'm not really excited for any of his future projects...and he doesn't really have anything concrete...Johnny Quest is really far off and Ohio is big rumor that most likely isn't even going to start filming anytime soon and HS2 is a big joke

Vanessa on the other had had 2 upcoming projects I'm really looking forward to...one is Zach Snyder's Sucker Punch that is supposed to start filming this fall (its an R-rated alice wonderland type movie that takes place in a mental instution it starts off with dealing with getting raped and getting a labotomy later on) and her other project that she is wanted for is Dead at 17 which is being produced the same guy that produces Transformers (Lorenzo) and the script is being written by the same guy that wrote Superman Returns.
elmofudgeelmofudge on March 23rd, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
*wasn't long enough IMO
elmofudgeelmofudge on March 23rd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
oh and that twitter is fake and her myspace message are now 3 years old...I'm sure she has matured since then
Mm_alicious on March 24th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
I think the Zach Snyder project could go either way. Admittedly, I'm intrigued by the idea and it's pretty cool that he picked her for a role. I just fear she will be used for her looks.

It's clear that you are a huge Vanessa fan, and I can respect that. I want to warn that you when we do our Vanessa assessment, you will probably not like it. We sincerely do not wish her ill, she just doesn't impress us based on what we can see of her. But, we don't really know the girl, and you have a point that she may be holding back while under the thumb of Disney. Remember our disclaimer... we say a lot of not nice things, but don't take us too seriously.
pastaprimaverapastaprimavera on March 24th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
As I wrote to you earlier M:

We were there in the beginning, we were disgusted with the bloated middle, and now we are here to tenderly caress them at the end of their short glimmer in the spotlight.

Except for that Efron kid. Man, he's on a rocket to the moon. And though his upcoming prospects might look a bit weak, I think he's got so much buzz it doesn't matter what he does next. The box office receipts never lie!
Mm_alicious on March 24th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
That said... I think the breaking free from Footloose was a smart choice. He does not need to be the musical guy..... Think Travolta baby! There is life after singing and dancing. But you may have to take a hiatus to re-invent yourself and come back bigger and better.
suzyolusuzyolu on March 26th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
The thing with Vanessa is interviewers never ask her interesting questions, it the same questions again and again. Also she has yet to do a post HSM interview free from Disney control. The one time she did mention something real about her self in a magazine about not being white enough, Spanish enough, Asian enough , anything enough. It was over shadowed by Zan and quotes about love. People also bring up Zac in her interviews but when it comes to Zac they don’t mention Vanessa repeatedly like they do with her.
digitalprintsdigitalprints on March 27th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
I do agree with most of the things said about Zac. Out of the whole core HSM group, Zac seems to have the brightest future.

As for the whole Zan deal and marketing themselves as a package deal, they are a couple. And ever since the moment they were outed by the infamous Hawaii pictures, they have tried to keep their relationship on the dl. If anything, they are really trying to separate their personal life with their professional one. And the whole 'dumb girl' bit, a bit harsh don't you think? They have been together for what, three-four years now, there has to be something about her that makes him stick with her, especially through everything... i just think she deserves better opinion that what people give her.
ext_139893 on April 19th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
17 again was fun despite the awkward moments; reminded me of another Disney flick, Freaky Friday