Pop & Circumstance: Taylor Swift and Zac Efron spark rumors on “Ellen”By Allison Berger | February 23rd, 2012 | No Comments »
Insisting over and over that they’re “not a couple,” the two chatted about their upcoming animated film, “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” which hits theaters March 2. “The Lorax” is slammed with big names like Efron, Swift, Betty White, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms and Jenny Slate (of “SNL” and “Marcel the Shell” fame).
Each time Ellen suggested what a cute pair the two would make, Efron quickly moved his arm away from Swift’s position on the couch. Slick — or should we say swift? Zing! It’s all about body language, people. After revealing that Swift, 22, taught Efron, 24, a chord or two on the guitar, the co-stars played and sang their own “weird” cover of Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” It’s been so long since “Hairspray” I almost forgot the man could sing! Watch their adorable attempt at (feigned) improv below.
Efron and Swift refute the romance rumors with simple logic: where would the chemistry even spur from? Though “The Lorax” plot revolves around a young boy and his search for the one thing that will get him the girl of his dreams, the two recorded the voice-overs for their leading characters on opposite sides of the country.
Both stars are supposedly currently single, but both have their spit chains. Efron dated “High School Musical” co-star Vanessa Hudgens for years and has recently been seen with Phil Collins’ actress-daughter, Lily Collins. Not quite the player you’d expect with a bod like that, hm? If you want to know about Swift’s past, all you have to do is read her liner notes, but we’ll give you a refresher: a guy named “Drew,” Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal …
Swift scooped up two Grammys this year for “Best Country Solo Performance” and “Best Country Song,” both for the “Speak Now” single “Mean.” Efron was last seen in major film flop “New Year’s Eve” and at No. 2 on People’s “Most Beautiful” list in 2011.
What do you think, are there any merits to Ellen’s suspicions?
Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.
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