WAMG Talks ‘Oiled Meats’ With Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne – NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
Returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne have returned to theaters with Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy. Recently, WAMG was invited to the films press day on the Universal Studios Back Lot in sunny California. While there, members of various outlets got to grill the stars in a BBQ, college party type setting… so, naturally the subject of Efron getting greased up with meat came up. For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, please see the clip below for reference.
For those of you returning for the second time, can you talk about what it was like to work as a team as opposed to adversaries… and Rose, what was it rubbing Zac? You’ve gotta tell us…
Rose Byrne: It was a new experience. I never felt anything quite as hard. [Laughs]
Seth Rogen: Take that in the worst way possible. [Laughs] She means that.
Zac Efron: Awesome. I’m very flattered. Oh, I thought she said hugging. She meant rubbing.
Rose Byrne: Oh, but you meant that scene, right? With the… It was also incredible… with the… they had injected the meat with, um, baby oil. So it was really disgusting. [Laughs]
Seth Rogen: It was a real ham with lube in it. It was delicious. Ham juice and baby oil.
Rose Byrne: It was also seasoned with things… like you were saying.
Seth Rogen: Peppercorn…
Zac Efron: It wasn’t just…
Seth Rogen: They made it delicious!
Zac Efron: They made it like edible. It had seasoning and stuff on it. So, that mixed with the smell of baby oil was pretty gross.
Seth Rogen: Ham juice and baby oil!
Rose Byrne: You couldn’t get it off your hands.
Zac Efron: Yeah, it would not come off. I was, like, trying to get it off… But watching Rose’s face made it all worth it. It was really funny.
Rose Byrne: What was my face like?
Zac Efron: You were, like, really into it in one take, and one take you were like “this is weird.” [Laughs]
To be fair, it wasn’t just all fun and games at the press conference. One reporter dug a little deeper when asking Efron for advice.
Your characters struggle, and it kind of resonates with us millennials with trying to figure out where we are in our lives… our niche, and values. What’s your advice to us millennials who might be going through the same thing?
Zac Efron: Oh, you’re asking me! [Laughs] My advice. I don’t know. I’ve been really lucky. I kinda found something that I really love early on, and it’s cool. I get to explore a lot of millennial issues on film, if you really think about it.
Seth Rogen: Find what you like.
Zac Efron: Yeah! Just try to find what really motivates you, and find what you love, and do your best to keep searching for that thing. Yeah. Work hard when you find it. Also, I think a lot of times when you’re a millennial… every time I find myself, like, afraid of anything or scared to do something and it’s going to prevent me from doing it, usually that’s when I try to do it because that’s often the time that I find it’s something that I needed to do. So, if there is something that you’re, like, afraid of doing in life that could lead to something or an opportunity that you are afraid of or nervous of, go for it.
Seth Rogen: Damn! I am gonna go for it! [Laughs] Fuck this!
So, besides the serious stuff… who’s ready to break out the solo cups and rage?!
Synopsis: Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.
Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want. When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.
Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon. If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home. But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING is in theaters now