Zac Efron looked sharp in a navy suit as he hit the red-carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday night (August 30, 2012) at a photo-call for new movie 'At Any Price'. The 24-year-old is now an established star in the industry, though he used the opportunity to introduce his little-known co-star Maika Monroe.
According to the UK's Daily Mail, Maika confidently strode onto the red carpet in a bright orange dress, debuting her "toned legs". Efron plays the lead role of Dean Whipple in 'At Any Price', with Dennis Quaid playing the role of his father. As mentioned, Maika is pretty new to the movie business, having only left Santa Barbara High School last year. She trained to be a professional kite-boarder in the Dominican Republic which is where she got picked up for 'At Any Price'. Speaking to local newspaper Noozhawk earlier this year, the actress said, "I think I had a day to get home. I can remember my mom and I were frantically packing everything up.I met with the director and I think they called six girls for the call back, and then the following day met again and then the next day I got a call that I booked it".
Under new directorship, the Venice Film Festival has been criticized for failing to attract the big Hollywood names this year. Nevertheless, the likes of Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts have already made appearances at this year's event.