The "Office" star also revealed that the 21-year-old didn't object to her suggestion. "He told me I didn't have to be single. No, he told me I didn't have to be his age — all I had to be was single! I don't think he minds an older woman," she said. "We were joking around, of course. Zac has a girlfriend. I have a husband that I love very much. It was cute. We were having fun."
Perhaps all the joking about dating an older woman was part of Efron's preparation for playing a teenager with the brain of an adult. "Everything you do, you have to kind of view it from your dad's perspective," Efron said, revealing how he got in the head of a "grown-up" for the role. "I tried to do a few things that I learned from my dad — things that he thinks are cool but are really dorky. That seems to be working pretty well.
"I could have gone out and just played a kid somewhere and had a blast," he added. "But now I'm playing a 40-year-old guy. It's kind of fun playing an adult."
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