Zac Efron: Reuniting with Nicole Kidman on 'Family Affair' Highlights Year

Netflix's latest drama pairs familiar faces in new roles

by Zain ul Abedin
Zac Efron: Reuniting with Nicole Kidman on 'Family Affair' Highlights Year
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Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman have reignited their on-screen chemistry in the new Netflix film "A Family Affair," set to premiere on June 28. This movie marks their second collaboration following the intense 2012 drama "The Paperboy." During the premiere on June 13, Efron, aged 36, expressed his enthusiasm about reuniting with Kidman, now 56.

Speaking to PEOPLE, he recalled the contrast between their previous project and this new endeavor. "The Paperboy was a bit darker," he noted, "but it had a romantic arc which seamlessly transitions into this film, making 'A Family Affair' a much lighter and enjoyable experience." Efron shared a glimpse into how the reunion came about, revealing that Kidman personally reached out to him.

"Nicole called me up and simply said, 'If you’re in, I’m in,'" Efron recounted. "That call, honestly, made my year."

Rekindled On-Screen Romance

"A Family Affair" features Efron as a famous movie star entangled in a romance with his young assistant's mother, played by Kidman.

The dynamic duo previously starred alongside Matthew McConaughey, David Oyelowo, and John Cusack in "The Paperboy," which depicted a steamy affair set against a 1960s Florida crime investigation backdrop. When asked about the comfort level of performing love scenes with Kidman, Efron admitted that their longstanding friendship made it easier.

"It’s different with Nicole; we’re comfortable together," he explained. "Much of our interaction in 'The Paperboy' was improvised, and now we share a trusting, playful relationship on set." The film also features performances by Joey King, Sherry Cola, Liza Koshy, and Kathy Bates, enhancing the star-studded ensemble.

As anticipation builds, "A Family Affair" promises to deliver not only a captivating story but also a nostalgic reunion of two celebrated actors exploring new romantic territories under the bright lights of Netflix.

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