Actors Zac Efron and Claire Danes were in DC yesterday for a screening of “Me and Orson Welles” at the AMC in Georgetown. Director Richard Linklater joined the stars for press at CBS and WaPo earlier that afternoon, as well as a visit to the White House– with someone who’s no stranger to Hollywood, Kal Penn.
The Georgetown Ritz was the site of the pre-screening red carpet. Washington Life‘s John Arundel, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly all got a few questions in. But it was “kid correspondent” Jocelyn, Susanna Quinn‘s daughter, who stole the show!
The first few rows of the theater last night were filled with teeny-bopper girls for the PG-13 screening. WaPo co-sponsored a Q&A after the movie’s showing with Efron, Danes and Linklater. “Let’s not get hysterical,” WaPo educational reporter and moderator warned Efron’s adoring fans. Americans for the Arts’ Bob Lynch also joined the conversation- this is a cause the actors and director support and discussed with Penn and White House reps yesterday.
This is one of Efron’s first films since “High School Musical” fame. While Danes admitted she wasn’t familiar with his previous work, Efron said he learned a lot from the more mature actress and that he enjoyed the change of pace.
Another Efron, Danes fan? Or maybe just a supporter of the arts in schools? FBDC also spotted WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in the screening’s audience.
Though there were plenty of fans staking them out in the Ritz lobby, Efron, Danes and Linklater had drinks there with just a small group after.