Zac Efron: 'I'd Love to Work With Vanessa Again'

Zac Efron: 'I'd Love to Work With Vanessa Again'

Zac Efron caught up with MTV in Las Vegas after he received the Breakout Performer of the Year honors last Thursday (April 2).

The 21-year-old actor talked about basketball, working with Matthew Perry and keeping girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens in his long-term plans. Check it out:

On working side-by-side with Chandler Bing: “I was already familiar with Friends, so I didn’t have to sit and watch all the seasons or anything like that. He’s got incredible timing. … We rehearsed a lot together, and Matthew was always available to hang out and work with me on my part [so I could play a younger him]. And we kind of did become friends during filming.”

On playing basketball, once again, on film: “It was originally in the script! I’m going to be honest — it was a plus. Like, all right, I can play basketball, and it’s a sport I feel you can show off in — which is important for this character and the movie. A pet peeve of mine is when people can’t actually do the sport that they are supposed to play on camera, so it’s nice to play basketball.”

On hoping to work with Vanessa Hudgens again: “Sure, I hope so. It’s always great getting to work with your best friend.”

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  • birdie

    The biggest compliment is to have your partner be your best friend,
    That means there is actual substance in their relationship not just

  • ♥Zanessafan4lyfe♥

    He’s not denying that she’s his GF, he’s saying she’s also his best friend, and I think it’s very sweet ♥
    Hope to see Zanessa work together again!

  • gracemarie

    Could you people who have never had as REAL relationship go back and READ JESS POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE IS A LINK!!!!!

    And for those you who have never had anyone outside of your mommas (and from the way some of post she might not either – I refer to my husband as my best friend and did even when we were dating.

    OH AND BTW any randon girl who have dinner with or sleep with once can be your girlfriend for a night or a week or a month-a best friend bespeaks a deep emotional connection and shows how important she is to him even beyond their romance.

    Zac NEVER referred to Nikki as his best friend EVER

    There are also 2 recent videos where he makes no bones about V and her being his “GIRLFRIEND” since the word means so much to some of you.

  • Karen

    Those who are bickering about the “best friend” comment fall into one of two categories:

    1. These people are too young to understand what a committed relationship is all about and what it entails.

    2. They are those people who only want to get an argument going and they know perfectly well what they are doing.

    Also, believe it is the Zac thread before this one where ET has an interview with him and one of the questions he is asked about who his girlfriend Vanessa sees as being sexy. He doesn’t say she is not his girlfriend but answers that she like Ryan Gosling and Daniel Craig. Also, in his Interview interview he tells director Gus Van Zant he has fallen in love—what more do you want from him?

  • poppy

    to be lovers forever, you have to be best friends first. It’s that simple. If your not eachothers best friend, there’s no hope or point. That’s something to learn as you get older. For me, Zac saying that about V means more than GF Which can be a fleeting term. A best friend is forever.

  • nikki

    aaaawwww zac is sssoo CUTE!!! what a little cutie!! i love him, and ur bff is ur girlfriend ssoo cute!!

  • bettybaby

    god now i realize why these posts denigrate into such silliness…..

    the fact that so many of you can’t recognize what a compliment it is for him to say, “my best friend,” shows how immature you all are.

    as another interview put it….

    “he is notoriously private about his personal life.

    “…….The star is happy to confirm he is still in a serious relationship with his High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens.

    “Yes. I can say yeah but that’s all I can say,” he says with a smile. Efron has fought actively against making the relationship a headline-grabber, despite the fervent interest from fans and journalists all across the world.

    “It’s just not something that you seek attention for, it’s never been about that. I feel like I’ve been fighting that from day one,” he says.

    “It’s one thing to be recognised for your work but to be recognised for your personal life, it’s not admirable, I’ve never been interested in that.”

    It’s clear the couple are serious…”

    even the reporter gets it!

    and yay again for him being here in NYC !!!!

  • Katty

    It’s a nice vid, can’t wait for the movie, and SNL, and all the talk shows he’s going to be on in the following two weeks. Him and Vanessa are together, peeps, being someones best friend is part of being in a relationship with them. That’s the person you tell everything to, trust with anything, ya know? Calm down, okay?

  • Zac Efron fan and supporter

    gracemarie, Karen, poppy, and bettybaby I agree with all of you.

  • Kar

    that’s cute. best friend means more than just girlfriend imo

  • zanessa/jashley/ashnessa

    It would be SO cool if they both did an action movie together. …That would be so CUTE !! …..Something along the lines of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ aha. Love that movie.

    ..You know Vanessa is his girlfriend AND his best friend. ..He just probably didn’t want to refer her as girlfriend. He’s a private person. And I admire him for that. I admire him and Vanessa :D

  • pita

    wow that’s so sweet best friend!!

  • Germangirl

    @missuk: you do not actually believe this are you I mean come on…

    and I loved his grin when he said the best friend part it was just too cute and honestly it told you that they are way more than best friends

  • Germangirl

    oh and please tell me that ‘zac is a rat’ has given up

  • Grace

    For UK people who cant watch the video link, I found one which works!

  • Grace

    For the UK people who cant view the video link, I found one which works!

  • Zikki Fan

    Now maybe with Zac in Nyc maybe Zac will get with Nikki Blonsky.

  • awurbii

    @Karen: @poppy:

    you guys have pretty much covered evrything i was thinking. bottom line is there is nothing wrong with what he said!!

  • http://JustJared Amanda is love with Zac!


    HAHAH…i know! I was thinking the same thing too.
    I cant believe she has not come on here yet!

  • Ann

    Zac, are you nuts. I thought you wanted to work with grownups. Maybe you haven’t grown up yourself. Stick with the kiddie movies

  • Naomi

    I think they’d probably wait and establish their solo careers first before appearing together on the big screen again. I’m guessing it will be a while before we get to see that.

    However, there are other ways of working together which they can always avail themselves when they choose to such as this voluntary skit they shot for FOD;

    The only problem is that they have not yet received the memo that there should be trouble in paradise. Someone should send them that memo asap.

  • jessie

    vanessa is your best friend? LMAO
    i juat saw you guys holding hands onthe set LOL
    I WAS CRYING!!!!!

  • suzy

    so sweet.

  • ryanefron

    come on people what is Zac supposed to say? its great working with your girlfriend? no thats just weird.
    Everyone already knows, and Zac knows that….and he never denied that. Calling her his best friend is something really special, it means shes just more than his girl.

  • vanessafan


    your right, as what they say ‘actions speaks louder than words’

    so we dont know what they’re doing whenever their alone right

    vanessa is a cute bestfriend to zac or even cuter!

  • kY!

    i hope they work together again!

  • zane

    Just watched Daily 10 and Zac admitted it was love at first sight on her lady Vanessa Hudgens. So cute!!

  • zac Efron fan and supporter

    #75 I saw that.

  • maddi

    Zanessa supporter you are totally right. i think that it is the sweetest thing if she is also his best friend as well as his girlfriend. That means that he cares for her and can talk to her more if she is his best friend and here is more of a chance at a long term relationship.

  • Kami

    oh wow u guys are immature…im sorry but in order to date somebody dont u have to be their best friend? i mean, best friends are people you tell ur deepest darkest secrets with and u should trust them isnt that how boyfriend and girlfriends are? most of the time couples are best friends b4 they are a couple

  • Momma Liz

    Guys I personally know both Zac and Nessa very well and have for almost 4 years now. They are two of the sweetest kids you could ever be blessed to have in your life,I love them to death. Infact Nessa calls me her second mom,and we are really close. As for Zac calling Nessa his “bestfriend”and not saying my girlfriend,well thaink about it,she IS his BESTFRIEND first and then his girlfriend,and that’s why they have such an awesome relationship between them. They are sooo much in love with each other. I personally would LOVE to see them both in a movie again together,and who knows what the future holds. They both have a fantastic career and they don’t let it interfere to much in their relationship which is wonderful.ZANESSA IS HERE TO STAY ALWAYS AND FOREVER as they say.
    And Tee I totally agree with you, I’ve been married 35 years to the same man and he IS my bestfriend!!! And Nessa and Zac are each others BESTFRIENDS by the way!!

  • maria

    My husband has been my best friend since we were 17. Still is, always will be. He’s the one who makes me laugh, who I call with news, who I raised my kids with, who knows me inside and out, who I can’t wait to go home to at the end of the day. Being a best friend is very intimate and special. It’s a supreme compliment, in my book.

  • Zac Efron fan and supporter

    @Momma Liz:

    That is so sweet.

  • pop86

    That was just so sweet to say. I love him.

  • Zac Efron fan and supporter

    I would love to see Zac and Vanessa work together again.

  • yankeejetsmomma

    There is a really good interview with Zac on access Hollywood I just ran across. I as an adult who has been married for almost 17 years consider my husband my best friend and the same with him. You really have to be able to share so much with your partner as friends (best friends) do, but in the same respect also need to be able to be secure enough in a relationship to do things with others. They seem to be very secure with their feelings for each other. They definitely seem to have what it takes to make it!!

  • Kimberly

    That was so funny!!! Why does he keep on denying it when it is like written on their foreheads..Lol..\he should be proud to have a girl like Vanessa and btw,,,,,his face was a history when the guy asked the question aout Nessa….GO ZANESSA!!!

  • yets

    i really want to see them Again.

  • rosielee9

    I get what Zac means about Vanessa being his best friend and it’s a great compliment to give a girl as not many bf will admit that their girl is also their best friend and to do it on national tv is a great thing to do, men are well known for not showing feelings even to their mates they don’t admit very oftenm that they would pick a girl as a best friend over perhaps one of them that they have known for many years.

    I have known my best mate for over 20 years and although she is female and has a sister as she has said herself there are things that have happened to her that only I know about and the same with me we know that we can talk about anything and I know that she won’t go telling anybody and that kind of ffiendship just like with Zac and Vanessa takes time to build to that level that you know there’s someone you can always go and talk to, tell things to, confide in them and they will always be there and not everybody finds that. So being friends before any romance comes into the mix is a good way to start and to build on if it feels right and for them it obvioulsy does.

  • gracemarie


    I guess you have trouble following the posts-Zac admitted tonight on national tlelevision that it was “love” at first sight . Oh and by the way he admitted in one interview that she was his “girlfriend” but then paid her an even greater honor of saying she was also his “best friend” I think that covers the title problem.

    There is nothing better than whrn the one you love is also your best friend.

  • Jazmin

    I’d love to see them again in movies…. maybe in a couple of years.

    Love them both especailly V.

    Thanks for posting JJJ

  • Lizzie

    that sucks i can’t watch the video coz i live in britain :(

  • wee..

    that was really cute and funny..
    they really keep their relationship PRIVATE..

    when he says “best friend”, he really smile different..
    it always happened to him when they asked him (Zac) about his girl Vanessa..
    it seems that he’s really HAPPY to be with her..


    GO ZANESSA!!! :)

  • emma

    Lizzie @ 4:39 am on 04/07/2009

    i cant watch it either but go on this link and you can:

  • zanessa4ever

    whaaaaaaaaaaat? best friend?????????
    omg, zac!!! what do we, zanessa lovers, have to do with you?? ok, it’s cute to say that, but why “best friend”????????

    Vanessa, don’t be angry! LoL

    Zanessa is 4ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LollyPOP

    haha he si so cute when he tries to keep his privacy away from job xD
    but of course we all know that she’s more than a bff to him ; )
    don’t forget their rings…btw,do they still wear ?
    wow , nessa can be happy if he calls her best friend bcause for boys their best frieds are always more important than girlfriend..of course they love them,but their best friends im mean it’s like brotherhood..
    and so she’s best friend and girlfriedn at the same time and so: is there someone more important in his life? no…okay,maybe his mum,dad and bro but apart of ‘em …but i wonder,that he said best friend because usually he tries to keep everything private from us away….this is very close for zac….

  • Divine Goddess

    he didn’t deny vanessa was his girlfriend. a girlfriend can be a best friend too and it’s good he sees her as that. they are too cute together!

  • Soni Hannigan

    #97 Of course. Just like husbands and wifes can be best friends also

  • Ann (: Hudgens fan forever

    what does he lie? omg c’mon boy, we all know you’re so in love with her ;)

  • zanessahsmxoxo

    hey!! zac has said many times,that she is the love of his life,but she`s too his bff! at the beginnig,it was a friendship,and they keeo it by now,..thats good,cuz that shows us that they are really into eachothers!

    love them! wow,zac is soo hot! and nessa is soo pretty!! wohoot,they rock!!

>>>>>>> staging1