Zac Efron & Taylor Schilling Interview For ‘The Lucky One’
U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive – a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. Learning her name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm. ‘The Lucky One’ is released in cinemas April 20th in the US and May 4th in the UK. Adapted from the book of the same name by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John), ‘The Lucky One’ stars Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Adam LeFevre, Sharon Morris, Joe Chrest, Riley Thomas Stewart, Courtney J. Clark, and Jillian Batherson. Look out for a more in-depth interview with both Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling closer to the films release date.
Can you tell us a little bit about Logan and the significance of the photo he finds?
Zac Efron: Logan is a Sergeant in the Marine corp. He’s in his third tour and he’s been through it, you know? A lot of stuff has happened to him. He’s young, he’s only 24, but he’s been on the front lines. In just the act of finding the picture for the first time, it directly saved his life. He was in the right place at the right place when he found that photo. After that, he doesn’t really know where to put it, it just keeps coming back, it keeps resurfacing in places where it shouldn’t be. I’ve had stuff like that in my life….it keeps coming back to him. Every time it does come back to him, he seems to survive in situations where he shouldn’t be surviving. And many people around him aren’t so lucky, so it becomes his lucky photograph and his memento, his good luck charm.
When we meet Beth, she’s struggling….
Taylor Schilling: Yeah. I think with Beth, she’s in the middle of a really big transition. She’s just experienced the tremendous loss of her brother, that was only a year ago, so she’s sort of in the middle of this big grieving process and she’s not really ready to let in….in her mind, she’s not ready to let in love or open herself up to anyone again. Whether she thinks she’s ready for it or not, Logan shows up, this guy shows up and he’s offering her support and love and a presence in her life that she hasn’t had before. Whether she’s ready for it or not, he presents the opportunity. Then there’s a process….her deciding whether she has the courage and strength to take that opportunity and go for it (laughs).
When Logan gets back from his tour, he sets out on a new mission? And also, how was it working with Taylor as Beth?
Zac Efron: Right. Ultimately he does indirectly owe her his life, and at the very least he needs to go and thank her. He has to do something, I think just to feel complete. It’s indescribable when you know your sort of destiny, and that you have to do something. Logan just knows deep down in his heart that his next mission is to find this girl and thank her. And with Taylor Schilling, I found that I learnt a lot from her, which is always refreshing to….it’s a refreshing quality to see in your leading lady, it’s fun. She’s hilarious but she’s very focused when it comes to the work. I was blown away by her.
What was it about Beth that attracted you to play her?
Taylor Schilling: I thought that Beth was such a fantastic character. Sometimes you read things and you have an initial hit on them, and this women is pretty different to anything I’ve ever played for a while. I really got a feel for her right off the page. It felt so close to my heart and challenging, it pushed me to new places. It was exciting, scary….and a huge journey for me as a person. My character goes on a pretty intense journey in ‘The Lucky One,’ so there was a lot to play with as an actor and a lot to sink my teeth into.
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