Zac Efron Talks THE LORAX, LIBERAL ARTS and Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY; Plus What’s His Favorite Movie, Actor and Director

     February 28, 2012

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From the creators of Despicable Me comes the animated feature film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a beloved cautionary tale of environmental conservation wrapped up in a colorful children’s story.  The 3D-CG animated adaptation is an adventure that follows the journey of idealistic 12-year-old Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) while he searches for a real Truffula Tree for Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift), in order to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find one, he must learn the story of the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito) from the enigmatic and bitter old hermit, known as the Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms), who let the temptation of greed and success get the better of him.  For more on the film, here’s some images, trailers, 8 clips from the movie, and the Super Bowl spot.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I was able to speak with Zac Efron for our partners at Omelete.  During the interview, Efron talked about how he got involved in The Lorax, how his character changed during the recording process, karaoke, his favorite movie, actor and director, and who he plays in director Josh Radnor‘s Liberal Arts.  Finally, fans of Joss Whedon might know that Efron’s first acting job was a role on the sci-fi series Firefly. Do you remember who he played? Hit the jump to find out.

The answer to Firefly is a young Simon in the episode Safe.  Here’s the episode listing on IMDb.  Otherwise, if you missed my video interviews with Taylor Swift or director Chris Renaud, just click the links.

Zac Efron

  • How many people bring up Firefly when talking with him
  • What’s his favorite movie, actor and director
  • What’s his karaoke song and do people refuse to go with him because he’s a good singer
  • How did he get involved in The Lorax
  • How did his character change during the recording process
  • Talks about Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts


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