Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in the R-rated comedy, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been– at that confusing "moment" in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So…where is this going?"
ZAC EFRON (Jason) has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most promising talents. Amassing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Efron has received an array of accolades throughout his career including ShoWest’s Breakthrough Performer of the Year award, the MTV Movie Awards for Breakthrough Performance (2008) and Best Male Performance (2009), as well as multiple Teen Choice and Kids’ Choice Awards.
This spring Efron will be seen opposite Seth Rogen in Neighbors, a comedy about a couple with a new baby who face unexpected challenges when they move in next door to a fraternity house.
Efron recently starred in the historical drama Parkland, which recounts the true events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The film premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and features an all-star cast including Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Marcia Gay Harden.
Additional film credits include Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price, co-starring Dennis Quaid and Heather Graham; Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, opposite Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Matthew McConaughey; The Lucky One, a film adaption of the Nicholas Sparks novel; Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts, with Elizabeth Olsen and Allison Janney; New Year’s Eve, alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Halle Berry; Charlie St. Cloud, with Charlie Tahan; 17 Again, opposite Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann; Me and Orson Welles, directed by Richard Linklater; and the box-office smash Hairspray, which won the Critics Choice Award for Best Ensemble.
Television credits include a recurring role on the WB series “Summerland” and guest-starring roles on “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “ER,” “The Guardian” and “CSI: Miami.”
Efron became a household name with the launch of the 2006 Emmy Award®-winning Disney Channel phenomenon “High School Musical.” He reprised his role as Troy Bolton, captain of the basketball team, in “High School Musical 2,” which broke cable-TV records as it drew 17.5 million viewers. Efron also starred in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, a feature-film installment of the extremely successful franchise. The film set a box-office record with the highest-grossing opening weekend for a musical.
On stage, Efron starred in the musical “Gypsy” and has appeared in productions of “Peter Pan,” “Mame,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Music Man.”
In 2010 Efron established his own production company, Ninjas Runnin’ Wild, with partner Jason Barrett. NRW has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. and is currently developing several projects.
A native of Northern California, Efron currently resides in Los Angeles.
MILES TELLER (Daniel) is a young actor on the rise. He was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed Sundance hit The Spectacular Now, opposite Shailene Woodley. Teller had the distinct honor and privilege of making his feature-film debut opposite Nicole Kidman in John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. In this tragic family drama, Teller played a loner teen who escapes into a world of comic books and science fiction.
Teller’s upcoming projects include Get a Job, opposite Bryan Cranston and Anna Kendrick; Two Night Stand, with Analeigh Tipton and Kid Cudi; and Divergent, a potential blockbuster based on the bestselling novel by Veronica Roth that stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet.
Previous work includes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s 21 And Over and Todd Phillips’ Project X.
Teller was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and during those formative years he developed a love of sports. He remains a die-hard Phillies and Eagles fan. The family moved to Citrus County, Florida, when Teller was 12. During his sophomore year Teller auditioned for the school production of “Footloose” and was cast as Willard, best friend of the lead. As a result he was recruited to attend a six-week performing-arts class at the New York School for Film and Television in New York City.
Back in Florida Teller participated in the Florida State Thespian Festival. His monologue was impressive enough to represent his district at the state event. Ironically, soon thereafter Teller was cast once again as Willard, but this time in the new remake of Footloose, which was released theatrically in October 2011.
Teller graduated from high school summa cum laude and was accepted at New York University. He now makes his home in Los Angeles.
MICHAEL B. JORDAN (Mikey) is considered one of Hollywood’s brightest young actors. Jordan portrayed Oscar Grant in Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, a searing account of Grant’s controversial slaying by police officers on a San Francisco train platform. Produced by Forest Whitaker and co-starring Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner). At Cannes, it won the award for Best First Film.
In 2012 Jordan starred in Josh Trank’s surprise hit Chronicle, a supernatural thriller that follows three Portland teens as they develop incredible powers after exposure to a mysterious substance. He also played a supporting role in George Lucas’ film Redtails, directed by Anthony Hemingway, which tells the story of the first African American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during WWII (aka “the Tuskegee Airmen”).
Additional film credits include Blackout, starring Melvin Van Peebles, Jeffrey Wright and Zoe Saldana; and Pastor Brown, directed by Rockmond Dunbar (“Soul Food,” “Sons of Anarchy”).
Before beginning his feature film career, Jordan was best known for having starred in two of the most significant television dramas of the past decade. First, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the hard-shelled, softhearted young urbanite Wallace in HBO’s classic crime drama “The Wire.” He then went on to star as quarterback Vince Howard on NBC’s critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series “Friday Night Lights.” Jordan also portrayed recovering alcoholic Alex on the third season of NBC’s “Parenthood.”
For his work on the daytime drama “All My Children,” Jordan earned NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Male Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Other TV credits include “CSI,” “Cold Case,” “Lie to Me,” “Without a Trace,” and “Law & Order.”
Originally from Newark, Jordan was graced with the opportunity to begin a professional acting career early in his life. He caught the eye of Bill Cosby and in 1999 he was cast in the recurring role of Michael on the CBS sitcom “Cosby.” Almost simultaneously, Jordan appeared on HBO’s “The Sopranos.” The following year he was selected from hundreds of hopefuls to play Jamal in the sports dramedy Hardball, starring Keanu Reeves, which opened No. 1 at the box office.
Jordan currently resides in Los Angeles and spends much of his spare time supporting the non-profit organization Lupus LA.
IMOGEN POOTS (Ellie) is an actress on the rise who challenges herself in each new role, continuing to evolve her body of work with every project she takes on. Since her breakthrough performance in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s critically acclaimed horror film 28 Weeks Later, Poots has continued to impress critics and audiences alike. She was recently seen in Yaron Zilberman’s well-reviewed drama A Late Quartet, alongside Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Poots will next be seen in Need for Speed, directed by Scott Waugh and co-starring Dominic Cooper and Aaron Paul. Poots plays a savvy car dealer who conspires with the wealthy to connect them with their supercharged dream cars. A big-screen adaptation of the video game of the same name, the film is scheduled for release on March 14, 2014.
Poots recently wrapped production on Peter Bogdanovich’s comedy Squirrels to the Nuts, produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Starring opposite Owen Wilson’s anxious director character, Poots plays the prostitute-turned-theater-star with whom he falls in love. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte and Lucy Punch.
Upcoming projects include Terrence Malick’s romantic drama Knight of Cups, with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett; John Ridley’s Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side, co-starring André Benjamin and Hayley Atwell; and Pascal Chaumeil’s dramedy A Long Way Down, with Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette.
Poots will soon begin production on Todd Field’s Beautiful Ruins. Based on the Jess Walter bestseller, the story follows an American ingénue who travels to Italy in 1962 during the production of a major Hollywood film. Next she heads to the set of Strange But True, a noir thriller to be directed by Alex and David Pastor, scripted by Eric Garcia. Based on the bestselling novel by John Searles, the film will co-star Bill Paxton, Melissa Leo and Evan Peters.
Previous film credits include author Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting follow-up Filth, co-starring James McAvoy; Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night, opposite Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin; Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, alongside Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender; Hideo Nakata’s Chatroom, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Neil Marshall’s Centurion, alongside Michael Fassbender; Katherine Brooks’ Waking Madison, opposite Elisabeth Shue and Sarah Roemer; Solitary Man, with Michael Douglas and Susan Sarandon; Cracks, with Juno Temple; Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles, with Zac Efron; Simon Aboud’s Comes a Bright Day, alongside Craig Roberts and Kevin McKidd; Daniel Algrant’s Greetings from Tim Buckley, opposite Penn Badgley; and Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love, alongside Steve Coogan and Tamsin Egerton.
Television credits include the BBC’s “Fanny Knight” and “Christopher and His Kind” as well as ITV’s “Bouquet of Barbed Wire.”
MACKENZIE DAVIS (Chelsea) is an up-and-coming actress whose talents are now being recognized by both the industry and the public. Her upcoming movies include Simon and Zeke Hawkins’ crime drama We Gotta Get Out of This Place, in which she stars alongside Ashley Adams and Jeremy Allen White, and Michael Dowse’s dramedy The F Word, opposite Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. Davis recently wrapped on the horror-comedy Kitchen Sink, with Vanessa Hudgens, Ed Westwick and Bob Odenkirk. She is currently filming her new series “Halt & Catch Fire,” for AMC. She stars alongside Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy in this period drama set in the early 1980s.
Davis was born and raised in Vancouver, and went to McGill University in Montreal. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Shortly thereafter, she was discovered by Drake Doremus for her acting debut in the feature film Breathe In.
Davis currently resides in New York.
JESSICA LUCAS (Vera) has quickly established herself as a highly sought-after young actress working in both film and television. A favorite of genre fans, Lucas starred in such films as Matt Reeves’ sci-fi thriller Cloverfield, opposite Lizzy Caplan and Mike Vogel, and the well-reviewed Evil Dead remake, opposite Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez.
Lucas recently wrapped production on Paul W.S. Anderson’s period action-adventure film Pompeii, starring opposite Kit Harrington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland. The film follows an enslaved Celtic gladiator (Harrington) who falls for a noblewoman on the night before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Lucas is also a series regular on the new CW drama “Cult,” which co-stars Matthew Davis, Alona Tal and Robert Knepper.
Previous film credits include a leading role in the third installment of the Big Momma’s House franchise, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, opposite Martin Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson; a supporting part in the romantic comedy She’s the Man, alongside Channing Tatum and Amanda Bynes; and a lead role in Renny Harlin’s The Covenant, co-starring Taylor Kitsch and Chace Crawford.
On the small screen, Lucas’ credits include NBC’s midseason comedy “Friends with Benefits,” the CW’s revival of “Melrose Place” and the popular Canadian teen drama “Edgemont.” She also booked buzzed-about recurring roles on the CW’s “90210” and CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Born and raised in Vancouver, Lucas has been acting since she was 7 years old. She began her professional training with Theater Arts for Children and quickly earned stage experience in local productions of “Snow White,” “Grease,” “Cinderella,” “Mousetrap” and the “Music Medley” series. Lucas quickly transitioned to film and television, with her first notable role being on the short-lived but critically acclaimed ABC series “Life As We Know It.”