Zac Efron showed off his musical theater talents in the High School Musical series, his comedic timing in 17 Again, and his emotional capabilities in Charlie St. Cloud. And in The Lucky One, he’s showcasing his Marine muscles — yes, Taylor Schilling is a lucky one for playing his co-star!
“I was very nervous,” she admitted to People. “I met Zac in hair and makeup and we just hit it off immediately.”
Their chemistry came naturally once on set. “It was just very easy and that sort of click is something you can’t describe but you just really hope for, because then it just makes the process really easy. I feel lucky to count him as a friend.”
So once it came time to take off each other’s clothes and kiss passionately in the shower, Schilling didn’t find it awkward at all. “[Director Scott Hicks] shot all the love scenes at the very end of the shoot and at that point we had already become good friends,” explained Schilling. “I had never been to New Orleans and he knew New Orleans and we were able to hang out a bunch, so we were at that point very comfortable with each other. I think the harder part is doing some of the emotional scenes and then once those are done, it’s like, you want me to kiss you? Meh. No big deal.”
Though simple to film, Efron knew how important these scenes are to Nicholas Sparks fans. “From his past films, [director Scott Hicks] is incredible with capturing the love in those scenes. Everyone builds those scenes up,” he said at Monday’s Hollywood premiere of The Lucky One. “There is sort of a fear inherent in everyone else so me and Taylor weren’t afraid at all.”