It seems the days when Zac Efron played high school love interests or college frat boy are gone—at least for now. The former High School Musical star has taken on the role of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and he had to spend quite some time getting into character to portray someone so evil.
In February, Efron shared a video on instagram of his hair and makeup team transforming him into the infamous murderer.
But even harder than looking like a serial killer, however, must have been learning to act like one. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, the hottie explained that he used method acting to get into the dark and evil mindset of his character in the biopic, which does leave us with some questions about how exactly you method act being a horrible human. Efron explained that he didn’t have to do anything creepy to get into character, implicating that his method acting was by no means inclusive of anything close to the crimes of Bundy. He just had to learn how to act and seem very conniving. Phew!
Even though he didn’t have to dive too deep into his character, it still took some effort to come out from it, so he sought spiritual cleansing for which he had his friends sage him.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will be told from the POV of Bundy’s girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (played by Lily Collins) and will tell the story of his murders. Efron clarified in his interview with Entertainment Tonight that the movie is by no means glorifying Bundy’s crimes.
We can’t wait to see everyone’s high school sweetheart put on such a dark mask in this newest film. As much as we love our golden boy, it will be intriguing to see him take his acting to a new level.