Zac Efron and Lily Collins talk working with each other for the new Ted Bundy movie

Both said the other was inspirational

by Asfa Shakeel

Zac Efron and Lily Collins have nothing but gushing compliments for each other as they talk about working together in the new Ted Bundy movie.

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Zac Efron at “The Greatest Showman” Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on November 28, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)

The actor talked to E! at the Sundance Film Festival, where the 31-year-old not only debuted his new platinum blonde hair but also revealed what he found most exciting about his role of Ted Bundy in the movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

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He said, “The most exciting thing for me was being able to sort of lend that Ted Bundy charisma to the part. I hope that’s what comes across the most.” Efron added that “it’s kinda crazy” how Bundy’s charisma was so intense that many people did not believe that he committed the crimes even after he was found guilty.

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Zac Efron attends the European premiere of ‘Baywatch’ at Cinestar on May 30, 2017, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

He explained, “People that watched the trial, that were with him in prison, on his defense team, anybody who knew him growing up, they never had bad things to say about the guy. Not a single person. And all the way to the very end of his trial when he was finally found guilty, a lot of people still didn’t believe it…it’s kinda crazy.

He added, “Luckily, I didn’t have to get into his mind. I got to observe and figure out what he would be up to or what he would be thinking…he’s so off the map.”

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Zac Efron speaks onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. (Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal)

The actor also said that working with Lily Collins was great and that she made him “step up my game” with how hard she was working just four or five days into filming. Efron said, “I remember a few days into filming, I just came to work to watch on set because [Lily] was having scenes with Haley Joel Osment, and I was watching her performance and I was blown away. She was bringing it, and this was, like, the fourth or fifth day of filming. I was like, I really need to step up my game. Lily is killing it.”

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Zac Efron on Friday, December 8, 2017 — (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Collins, who played Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s girlfriend, also talked about working with Efron, saying, “I used to do reporting for Nickelodeon, so I literally interviewed him at an orange carpet event years ago. We’ve been friends ever since, so we finally got to work together.”

The movie is told through Collin’s characters perspective and her lack of acceptance of his crimes. Collins said she hopes it will allow the audience to “experience what it’s like to be wooed by someone that is charming and undeniably charismatic, but that is a psychopath.”

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(Image source: Instagram/ Lily Collins)

The movie recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.



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