By Fred Topel | Images property of New Line Cinema
Most girls dream about kissing Zac Efron. Michelle Trachtenberg got off on smacking him around. In 17 Again, she plays his high school aged daughter, who doesn’t know that the new school hottie is actually her dad rejuvenated.
Michelle Trachtenberg on 17 Again
“I slapped him,” Trachtenberg bragged. “[In rehearsals] I slapped the stunt coordinator and he was like, ‘You have to slap me as hard as you can.’ I’m little but I’m fierce and I slapped him so hard that the dude [was] knocked off his legs. He went rolling a little bit. And I was like, ‘I can’t do that.’”
For Trachtenberg, playing teenagers is as close as she ever wants to get to going back to high school. “I had a pretty rough high school experience. The kids were really super cruel to me and all the boys made fun of me and no one asked me out. Look at me now [joking]. Look mom, I have boobs. I guess whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I think when you’re going through high school as a teenager and the kids are horribly cruel, whatever you experience in life, even if you’re the most popular kid, there’s going to be someone who’s trying to throw stones at you in every little path that you take. So you really just have to think that it’s going to get better and words are just that.”
The film is all about reclaiming your youth, but Trachtenberg is enjoying her “old age.” “I really love it. As a female looking at men, I think men get sexier as they get older and obviously women are so much more mature so it takes a few years for the men to catch up and that’s really cool. I love getting older. In fact, my sister is always yelling at me to like, ‘Oh, now you’re almost 24!’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m only eight months away.’ I wouldn’t want to go back to being younger. Everything that I’ve learned has shaped me as the person I am today. So, I love getting older. I think women age beautifully as well and it’s great the wisdom that you can achieve. It’s so much different from when you were 17.”