During his first visit to the Philippines, Zac Efron opened up about his first kiss and his chemistry with former girlfriend, Filipino-American actress Vanessa Hudgens.
The Hollywood actor charmed Filipinos at his fan conference held last night, September 29, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
TV host Boy Abunda had the chance to interview Zac, whom he described as “one of the most brilliant actors of his generation.”
Zac has been staying in the Philippines for several days already.
When Boy asked Zac about his stay here in the tropical country, Zac exclaimed: “It’s been absolutely incredible!”
As a kid, Zac grew up listening to stories about the Philippines from his father David, a former merchant marine who often visited the country in the past.
“It’s been a dream of mine to come to the Philippines since I was a young boy. Now I’m finally here with all you guys,” said Zac with a smile.
What’s the best story that he heard about the Philippines?
“My dad told me stories about the food and how amazing all the people were.”
What is his favorite food now?
“Balut!” he said, referring to unfertilized duck egg, which is considered a delicacy in the Philippines.
The A-list Hollywood actor expressed his gratitude for Pinoys who showed our trademark hospitality.
“The Filipino people are so nice! You make me feel so at home. I just want to move here.”
The crowd showed its appreciation by cheering loudly for the 24-year-old actor.
When his movie Hairspray was discussed during his sit-down interview with Boy, Zac praised Pinoys by saying: “I love how musical you are!”
Zac Efron considers his visit to the Philippines as a “dream come true.”
So when local clothing brand Penshoppe asked him to be their endorser, Zac did not hesitate to accept the offer.
“They don’t really have to convince me. I’ve always wanted to come out to the Philippines,” said the 24-year-old Hollywood actor in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Spot.ph, and Candy Magazine earlier today, September 29, at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Manila.
“I was thrilled that a brand like Penshoppe, you know, has an opportunity like this for me and they wanted me to do it.
“I was ecstatic not only because of the brand but it’s also very cool. They gave me a chance to go to the Philippines, which I always wanna do.”
Since he was a kid, the High School Musical star has heard things about the Philippines through his father, a former merchant marine who often visited the country in the past.
Zac recalled, “When I was young, my dad used to come out here a lot.
“When I was young, he was always the adventurous type.
“You know, I always admire him for going out and experiencing different culture and seeing the world, specifically the Philippines. So I always wanted to come out here.
“When Penshoppe said that I could do it, I was like really thrilled. I couldn’t believe it—it’s like a dream come true.”
OUTDOOR TYPE. It looks like Zac got the outdoorsy characteristic of his father. This became evident when PEP asked him about the things he wants to do before turning 30.
He replied, “I would love to see more of the world—that’s the best thing.
“That’s one of my favorite things about being in this industry, it opens eyes to different culture.
“I really love to be out there and experience the world. I don’t like to stay at home.”
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American and Eastern European rights, excluding CIS and Russia, to Ramin Bahrani’s family drama “At Any Price.”
Black Bear Pictures and TreeHouse Pictures financed “Price,” which is in competition in Venice and will be a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Venice showing will be the world premiere for “At Any Price.”
Bahrani directed and co-wrote the film with Hallie Elizabeth Newton. It stars Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham.
The film was produced by Pamela Koffler, Teddy Schwarzman, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen, Christine Vachon, and Bahrani. Ron Curtis, Mo Al Turki, Eric Nyari and Brian Young exec produce.
Story centers on a young man, played by Efron, who wants to pursue his dream of becoming a pro race car driver, while his ambitious father (Quaid) has alienated the whole family and set his sights on his son’s succession. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected situation that threatens the family’s livelihood.