Zac Efron: Neighbors 2 star once cried to try to get out of a ticket
Zac Efron may have played an overconfident frat boy in the first Neighbors, but the sequel, Sorority Rising, finds his character Teddy in a far more emotional place. As a result, Efron had to do a lot of crying on set, so when the cast of Neighbors 2 sat down with EW for a live Facebook Q&A, director Nicholas Stoller asked Efron what he does to prepare to cry.
Efron’s answer? Lots and lots of practice (and thinking about the Beach Boys song “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”). As a result, he can pretty much cry on cue — which is exactly what he did once when he was pulled over.
“It was a lady cop, and she just melted,” Efron said. “And then she asked for a headshot, and I was like, ‘I have one in my trunk.’ So I was like, crying and signing.”
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But it turns out that Efron’s blubbering wasn’t even necessary.
“She was like, ‘I honestly wasn’t going to give you a ticket. You just need to change your registration,’” Efron recalled.
In addition to discussing Efron’s tear ducts, Stoller and cast members Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Kiersey Clemons, and Beanie Feldstein sat down to talk about their craziest stunts and the moments that made them crack up the most on set. Watch the full Facebook live video below.