Annie Leibovitz photographed Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens as Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty for the Disney Dream Portrait Series. D23 interviewed Zanessa on set!
Did you ever think you would portraying classic Disney characters from a classic fairy tale? Vanessa No, never, and it’s such a beautiful thing you know. I think every girl wishes to be a princess, and I finally got to do it. Zac: I used to watch these movies all the time growing up, loving these films.
Had you seen any photos from the series, first with David Beckham & Beyoncé? Vanessa: I saw it and thought it was so beautiful.. gorgeous and so well portrayed. How does it feel to be among Scarlett Johansson, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez? It’s very exciting. I’m so glad to be part of the team. Like I said, I always wanted to be a princess.’
Zac: And Prince Phillip’s not a bad character to play. I kind of like him. He’s a pretty big hero, and it’s just before they had this great moment and they are kissing. There was a big adventure that this prince goes on… so it’s kind of rough by the time he gets to this scene
David Beckham was the original character to portray Prince Phillip, you are like the young David Beckham now.
Zac: ‘Well, in theory he was actually fighting the dragon [in an earlier scene], I think. So I’m the older David Beckham.’
Which Disney movie were you favorite growing up?
Vanessa: Mine was probably Aladdin. I love Jasmine, and the music was really great. It was
a fun fairy tale.. one of the classics.
Zac: I was going to say Aladdin.