There’s something that keeps bothering me as I watch trailers for The Lucky One or see its stars walking the red carpet at the various premieres: Taylor Schilling looks just a smidge too old for her co-star Zac Efron.
It nags at me when his character Logan first walks onto the farm and she comes out, swathed in sunshine, and says, “I’m Beth.” It gets more frustrating when I see the two of them on the red carpet and he’s being marketed as all sexy-but-still-playfully-young while she looks serene and unruffled.
Here are the facts: He’s 24, and she’s 27. The ages fit their characters fine: Logan has just finished his third tour of duty in Iraq, and Beth has a son who probably has to be about eight since I’m assuming she had him in a young marriage that went sour. But for some reason, Taylor just seems a bit too old for Zac, and that makes it difficult for me to take it seriously that they’re on the same wavelength. (And no, I haven’t seen the movie.)
I’ve seen this sentiment echoed on Tumblr and sites like Go Fug Yourself; the latter points out that it could either be Taylor lying about her age to be more marketable in Hollywood, or perhaps she simply seems older and wiser than her peers.
In no way am I hating on Taylor or suggesting that she looks “too old” for Hollywood. Maybe it’s because the casting director did such a good job of bringing in Blythe Danner as Beth’s mother and I had some brain fart where I conflated Taylor with Blythe’s real-life daughter Gwyneth Paltrow. Because at the end of the day, Taylor is lovely and was well-liked in the short-lived medical series Mercy. Maybe it’s something off with Zac—perhaps he’s too young for this role. After all, Channing Tatum was 30 when he played his version of a Nicholas Sparks soldier in Dear John. Here’s a photo of Beth and Logan for you to consider:
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