If you've ever wondered how celebrity Zac Efron became a New Orleans Saints fan, you'll want to hear this story...
And, honestly, even if you don't *think* you want to hear this story, keep reading. You'll be rewarded with a laugh...
Appearing recently on the podcast "Pardon My take," Zefron, a California native and movie star, explained how he first met coach Sean Payton -- a random encounter in which Efron recalls himself being "basically buck naked."
Times-Picayune | nola.com's Mike Scott listened to the interview and put the conversation into context like this:
Back in 2011 the actor was sharing a house in New Orleans with his production partner while in town working on the Nicholas Sparks romance "The Lucky One." After spending the previous night on Bourbon Street to celebrate the last day of filming, he was just relaxing in his boxers -- and nothing else -- at home, splayed out on the couch. That's when he heard the front door open and someone enter.
He couldn't see the door from where he was laying, but he assumed it was his production partner/roommate returning home. Then he heard the unmistakable sound of high heels click-clacking across the floor -- and he realized he was about to be in the presence of strangers.
"They're about to see me, basically buck naked, so I grabbed a blanket and threw it over me," Efron said. "I suddenly go, 'Excuse me,' and she screams. … I go, 'What are you doing in my house?'"
New Orleans Saints veteran quarterback Drew Brees was absent from team practices Tuesday.
Turns out the visitors, a man and a woman, were on the market for a new home and were told they could view that particular abode between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. -- apparently when Efron was expected to be away.
"I'm like, 'I don't know,'" Efron said, recalling the exchange. "And she goes, 'Maybe you know my husband? This is Sean Payton.' And I looked at the front door, and I'm wrapped in nothing but a blanket, and his wife is 2 feet from me … and he just walks in front of her and he goes, 'Hey, son. Nice to meet you. Big fan.'"
The two ended up having a laugh over the incident and became immediate friends.
"We went next door to Emeril's and we ate the whole menu," Efron said.
Drew Brees was absent from Saints' OTAs on Tuesday.
Later, Efron got to visit Saints camp and toss the pigskin around with none other than quarterback Drew Brees.
“And,” Efron said, “I’m a Saints fan for life.”