Michelle Rodriguez & Zac Efron papped kissing: they’re not just friends?

Michelle Rodriguez

Well, this is surprising. Here’s a photo of Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez at an Italian airport. They weren’t coming home, just travelling from one yacht to another. We talked last week about how Zac and Michelle are on vacation together. I hadn’t even realized they knew each other, and then I assumed they were either drinking buddies or mutual pals of their Italian entrepreneur friend, Gianluca Vacchi. Zac and Michelle were having a blast on Vacchi’s yacht & it seemed like a party atmosphere. Nothing more, nothing less.

Zac and Michelle are definitely more than just friends. The Mail has exclusive photos of them kissing on another yacht. They’re very handsy and clearly into each other. At least Zac seems really into Michelle. She may be more into her daredevil stunts like climbing the yacht’s mast.

Do you think this could be a summer romance? Zac usually goes for “good” girls, and Michelle is anything but a classic good girl. I’m not even talking about her bisexuality, which has nothing to do with this story. Zac is a pretty big mess behind his dimples and pretty ab muscles. Michelle has her own issues. She must party hard if she dated Cara Delevigne. She also spent six months in jail in 2008 for violating her probation on a DUI case. Maybe Zac and Michelle are perfect together, but I don’t see this lasting. Physically, they’re probably like dynamite. It makes you curious, right?

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez

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  1. Ag says:

    She seems… too cool for him. He looks like he’s 16. This is kind of weird.

    • Andrea says:

      This is so very confusing and weird. I don’t mean to be disrespectful to gays or lesbians, but these two strike me as closeted. This is just painful.

      • sean says:

        It isn’t just you. Although Michelle is pretty out. I assume their publicists got together .

      • FLORC says:

        Vanessa Hudgens seems like she would have outed him by hinting to it in an interview if he was even slightly leaning that way. Or some random guy he got with during his really the worst of his addictions so far would have tried to sell a story. Maybe these will come out in the future?
        As it stands now his sexuality is not something I care to know and does not change him in my daydreams.

        All we seem to have here is 2 actors and known hard partiers. I can’t see how there’s any evidence to suggest closeted when 1 is arleady out.

      • Dani says:

        Agree on Vanessa. She is known to be bitter like that.

      • uninspired username says:

        Rodriguez isn’t closeted.

      • taylor says:

        If he needed a beard, mrod is the last person he would pick. He would get himself a cute pretty young actress who fits with his image and his fans can buy into.

      • mom2two says:

        Same here, I have to agree with you and sean. Although Michelle is known to like a party, if Zac wanted everyone to believe he’s reformed his party boy ways, a publicist set up with her doesn’t make that believable.

  2. OhDear says:

    Guess if you consider their respective images it would be surprising, but not if you consider their respective (alleged) issues with alcohol and other substances.

    I don’t think this will end well.

  3. TheOriginalKitten says:

    They’re sexy together IMO. VERY sexy. And I bet they have a lot of fun (with drugs?) together

    I can’t believe she climbed to the top of that mast! So crazy..I got vertigo just looking at those photos.

    • Marty says:

      Right?! Why would she even want to go up there?

      God, her body is so amazing too. She’s so fit and toned!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree, they do look really hot together. I do worry about his sobriety, though.

      That staff picture is crazy! I don’t think I could go up there, I would pass out with fear before I made it to the top! I love that she is so fit that she can just climb wherever she wants.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        ” I love that she is so fit that she can just climb wherever she wants. ”

        Right? The upper-body strength alone…I know her off-screen career hasn’t been without shade but I can’t help but wish she was my friend..lol

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I would love to have upper body strength like that. The idea of being able to move your body weight wherever you want sounds so freeing. I would love to know that if I was in a burning building, sinking ship, sinkhole, etc. that I could pull myself to safety!

        She does seem like she would be a fun buddy!

    • TQB says:

      THIS is the sex tape I want to see!

      • sunsetsnow says:

        Minus Effron, of course!

      • TQB says:

        Nope. He’s part of the deal. Little Disney boy is hot and his dark side makes him naughty-hot.

        Whew, ok, back to work.

      • sunsetsnow says:

        Funny! I’ll pass. You can have your threesome with pretty boy Effron. With me, he would just get kicked out of the bed.

    • Mixtape says:

      I agree! I would suspect publicity stunt, but she just seems like the rare celebrity who wouldn’t engage in such nonsense–her whole schtick to date has been about being true to herself, and she’s said she invested all her F&F money and can get away without working the rest of her life if she wants. And it’s not that odd for him either–MR is basically the older, hotter, more successful, and more adventurous version of his old flame Vanessa whatshername, whose idea of being free is to pretend that “everyday is a Coachella day.” I’m completely on board–even the high risk of igniting mutual downward spiral makes it more exciting.

      • qwerty says:

        Not sure about her being true to herself…I’m not saying she’s a liar but there have been rumour for YEARS that she dated women and she just kept telling the media “I like D*ICK” over and over again. It’s a very recent thing, her being open about her bisexuality. I get a feeling she’s concerned with no longer appealing to the male audience if they think she sleeps exclusively with women.

  4. Abbott says:

    I’d venture that is exactly the point, they would like us to be curious. I don’t buy this a bit.

    • kri says:

      I’m thinking they do whoever they want, whenever they want. On a boat, on a train-even on a plane. Some seriously naughty Dr. Seuss-style rhymes come to mind with this pair.

    • Mia4S says:

      Ding! Ding! Ding! This boys and girls is what those in the PR game like to call “misdirection”. :-)

    • Sighs says:

      From the pics, it looks like he’s trying to be as PDA as possible, but like he’s playing a role. She doesn’t seem interested in the least. It’s like he’s trying to do a job. Get all the boxes ticked.
      Kissing? Check
      Hand-holding? Check
      Arm around the waist? Check

      Ok, can I go home now?

    • kcarp says:

      I’m with you. This is for PR. It doesn’t even matter that she is bi, gay, or whatever this is to distract us from something else. OR to get both of them in the news. This is great PR for a couple of people who don’t really seem to be super busy.

    • Trixie says:

      Yup, this has “stunt” written all over it.

    • MW says:

      I just have the feeling Cara Delavigne dumped her, or did something that caused a split, and MR is telling her, with these photos that she is totally doing fine without her. I feel he is along to to help her convey the message, and see what he might get out of the deal.

  5. Snazzy says:

    I can’t even begin to understand this

  6. Kayl says:

    10 out of 10 would not have thought this.

  7. Tiffany says:

    Her body is redunkulious.

  8. Jen says:

    Two addicts having a drug-fueled vacation together. Charming.

  9. LAK says:

    i have a bridge to sell anyone who believes these two are in a relationship. I doubt they are even friends. this is as bad and as obvious as Kaley cuckoo and Henry Cavill.

    The thing is, we know what he is trying to hide, question what is she trying to hide and why what does she gain from being with him? Makes no sense at all from her POV. If she’s trying to raise her profile, being with Cara Delevingne did that already.

    • FingerBinger says:

      They’re probably just partying together. It happens in Hollywood all the time.

      • LAK says:

        That was my initial thought, but then most media is talking about this as some new romantic relationship which is as believable as Cavill/Cuckoo

    • Blackcat says:

      Exactly. No way this relationship is for real, it’s for publicity. She’s a beard.

    • LeahMommy says:

      It’s ridiculous. When I first saw this story in the mail this morning I didn’t even click on it because I thought it was a joke. They’re either trolling or this is a PR “relationship” design to butch Zac up and make people forget about his troubles.

    • taylor says:

      They have been friends for years and there is evidence of it.

      I have a bridge to sell to all those who think they are so smart just because it’s popular to be cynical without knowing anything.

      Neither is really gaining anything here, and certainly not Efron. If he wanted a PR-friendly relationship he would not date Rodriguez which isn’t helping him at all given her image and issues. And he has nothing to promote and against your insinuation he’s not a famewhore.

      • qwerty says:

        “Neither is really gaining anything here, and certainly not Efron. If he wanted a PR-friendly relationship he would not date Rodriguez which ”

        Usually it’s the management that tells young actors to stay in tle closet. Maybe he’s done with playing with their rules and decided to piss them off. Sure, I’ll find myself a girl… who drinks, curses, (allegedly) takes drugs and beats people up in front of a camera for a living.

      • qwerty says:

        *playing BY their rules

    • qwerty says:

      ” what does she gain from being with him?”

      Maybe Cara dumped her and she’s trying to piss her off. This relationship, whether real or fake, was BOUND to make headlines.

  10. GeeMoney says:

    I smell… publicity stunt.

    PS – And I thought that she was a lesbian?

    • uninspired username says:

      She’s bisexual:

      “I’ve gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f—king curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.

  11. jess says:

    This is random. I dont think its à good idea since they both have had either drug or alcohol problems in the past but whatever.

  12. TG says:

    What does Michelle stand to gain in this faux relationship? A paycheck? I fully believe she is bisexual but I do not believe for one minute that she would be attracted to that. She is way too hot and doesn’t seem like the kind of person who would beard for anyone.

    • Mia4S says:

      It could be as simple as helping out a friend with a simple photo. Those pictures of Efron dancing around with that old Italian gentleman were, ummm, interesting. Also the whispers are getting louder that this man is a particular sort of…supplier…shall we say. But no one is talking about that now are they?

      • kimber says:


        She gets more pics bc let’s face it she doesnt have much going business/ success wise these last few years to now. His gay *cough rumors cannot really go away by this pr bs.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        What pics!? Throw me a link. :)

      • TG says:

        Good point. I tend to forget people can be actual friends in Hollywood. I really like Michelle and am indifferent to Zack so I just hope for the best . I just hope she isn’t going down the drug route as well.

        @Tiffany – The Daily Mail frequently has pics of Michelle in bikinis or barely dressed. She is one of those people who are too hot for clothes most of the time. Ha.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        TG, I was talking about the pics of Efron with the older Italian gentleman that Mia referred to. Yes, I agree that Michelle is always in bikinis…her belly button is about as familiar as my own, lol.

      • taylor says:

        That Italian guy is harmless. Just look at his Instagram beyond the last few days and read a few interviews, like his cover article in the February issue of Italian Playboy. He on the board of several companies. Whoever is trying to make him look questionable doesn’t know shit. He’s really eccentric and flamboyant but he’s not a drug dealer or anything shady.

  13. Chris says:

    Sadly, I think this is going to be a train wreck–for both of them.

    • Chris says:

      Even if it’s just PR–these two have enough issues individually that they should both find more grounded companions.

  14. Christo says:

    This pairing adds further proof to my suspicion that Zac is gay because—forgive me, my assumptions, tabloid photos, and the anecdotal evidence otherwise— but Michelle Rodriguez just doesn’t seem to go the way of Efron or anyone of his gender, which leads me to the conclusion that she is serving as some poor attempt at being his beard. Typically, the beard relationship enjoys some level of reciprocity. Olivia Munn gets one additional second of fame while Aaron Rogers fools the gaysayers for yet another year into his career. Zac and Michelle don’t lack for fame per se (granted, more minor fame in her case); therefore, their reciprocal trade-off is the protection of both his and her perceived “straight” sexuality.

    • uninspired username says:

      She doesn’t have a perceived straight sexuality:

      “I’ve gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f—king curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.”

    • taylor says:

      As I said above, if he wanted a beard he wouldn’t pick Rodriguez.

  15. mkyarwood says:

    Eh, or they’re just kissing? Everyone thought Michelle would go off the rails when her and Cara inevitably split and we didn’t hear about any fresh arrests or anything. Back when I was young and free, my college group of friends would often kiss at parties regardless of orientation. Just friends makin’ out.

    • Pi says:

      She is not young, Michelle is pushing 40.

      • mkyarwood says:

        Heh, I am not likely to consider 40 ‘old’ any time soon, but she’s not attached either. I was just mentioning that experience as a possible similarity. They’re not together, they’re not anything, they’re just kissing.

      • GlimmerBunny says:

        How is 35 “pushing 40″? Genuinely curious, since it’s exactly as close to 30 as it is to 40…

      • magpie says:

        Pushing 40 is 38! (or 42 for those in denial).

  16. magpie says:

    I think they’re messing with us.

  17. Sarah says:

    when i first started reading gossip i always dismissed it when people yelled “showmance”. not because i dont think it would happen, but it wwas looking so obvious that i doubt anyone would pay a publicist to orchestrate something so bad. but overtime i realized most people in hollywood arent those smart marketing people that can easily shift opinions and make you see things when they arent there.

    i mean look at everything Taylor Swift did. thats really like if children are playing publicists and trying really hard to show a believable love story. Or that Big Bang Theory chick and superman. ridiculously bad and obvious.

    so to me this is one of those stunts, too.

    i gotta give them credit this time though. 1) it is a very unusal coupling that nobody saw coming, 2) we have Michelle who just came out of a well publicized lesbian fling which will make people say “oh she doesnt hide her sexuality so why would she do it now? (because they dont want her to be “full” lesbian in the public eye.)

    and i also hope its pr, because people with their personal history that does not seem resolved shouldnt party together. unless you like trainwrecks.

  18. RobN says:

    I’m going with hot summer fling. Throw people on a yacht in the Mediterranean, and things happen. Won’t last, but it looks fun.

    • Esmom says:

      That seems like the most logical explanation. If it’s PR for him, you’d think they’d pair him with someone more his “type.” And younger.

  19. Pi says:

    Well I don’t think it’s quite fair to state that Michelle must be into partying because of cara as if cara is the biggest party animal in this story. Cara is a 21 year old woman partying is kind of what you do at that age. Michelle is a 36 year old woman so if kinda looks more like she has a problem if she is still carrying on with the same lifestyle at that age. Michelle has been in some kind of trouble because of over Indulding for as long as I can remember. In the photos I saw with cara she looked totally wasted and made cara look like the one who was together and in control.
    Zac really should find some sober company. Getting worried for him.

  20. jinni says:

    They have the same social media manager a lady name LaQuisha Wright. So this is probably PR to shift the focus from his drugs and her” still pinning for Cara” stories to something more to their liking.

  21. Gabriella says:

    He kinda look like a male Cara.

  22. Reece says:

    Random. I got nothing else.

  23. Jeanette says:

    His face has a serious case of the coke bloats..

  24. Bread and Circuses says:

    Er, I’m not sure that guy in the Daily Fail’s photos IS Zach Efron.

    He looks very Zach-esque, but honestly, in any of the shots where you can really see the man’s face, it looks like a different guy.

    Edit: Or not. Some of the shots lower down the article really do look like him, so now I’m not sure at all. Green shorts = not-Zach, black shorts = Zach?

  25. Fan says:

    They look good together. Actually they both look amazing together.

  26. Crack Fox says:

    Cutest lesbian couple ever.

  27. Leslie says:

    I’m sure she has connections to the best coke dealers. Plus it’s a good way to man up his image, being with a tough chick like Michelle. However, I don’t see her being into Zac. This could be another PR setup to make him seem more manly.

  28. Fatty Magoo says:

    They could just be affectionate friends. I know it sounds kind of weird but I have guy friend who is the same way with me. He gives pecks on the lips, strokes my hair etc. It’s just the way we are with each other. And a lot of people don’t understand our relationship, think we are dating but we are just affectionate with each other. Or they could be friends with benefits. You never know

    • magpie says:

      This. She never wanted to come out full lesbos and he’s had gay rumors for years. Easy to be all kissy when they are good friends and party times are being had.

      • Fatty Magoo says:

        They don’t look like they’re dating, and I could totally be wrong. But they do look comfortable with each other just like great friends are. And I think you have a point about the lesbian rumours. I mean look at Ellen page and skaarsgard ( did I spell it right? ) They were being kind of lovey dovey right before she came out. Or were all reading too much into it lol Whateves they’re good looking adults no scandal here imo lol

      • T.C. says:

        She has said she’s bisexual attracted to both genders. She had no problems dating Cara in public or dressing mor butch. This looks like a friends with benefits or just partying together. Not a big deal. It’s the press trying to make something of it for click bait.

      • Fatty Magoo says:

        @T.C. yes exactly what I was trying to say. You said it better than I did lol but yes I totally agree with what you said.

      • magpie says:

        She also said when it came to men, she liked manly dudes, not pretty boys. Zac has def gone from twink to twunk (physically)…not saying it’s not possible, but I somehow doubt it.

  29. miriam says:

    Publicity stunt. Efron is trying to make himself appeal to a more adult crowd, with the type of films he’s been doing he is obviously trying to steer away from his Disney image. If he were to “date” someone from that type of background then it wouldn’t help to move this image forward, hence “dating” someone unlike he has before.

    Whenever I see this amount of papped pictures it just screams publicity stunt, and they probably called these paps themselves.

    • magpie says:

      It’s someone on the boat putting the photos out. Probs not even a pap.
      *edit* no it could be a pap with a long lens. At least they look comfortable. That other pic with her and the rich pasty dude she looks like she’s not digging.

    • Vapid says:

      I agree but I think that’s just a part of it. I think he’s probably high 95 per cent of the time right now, when he’s with her. They’re a hook-up deal.

  30. I Choose Me says:

    Looked at the pics and they have visible chemistry. I think they’re hot together even if they might not be good for each other re: the drugs and partying. I never thought he’d be her type but he’s supposed to be a bit of a freak in bed so there’s always that. :P

  31. CK says:

    I always thought that Zac was a submissive bottom and then just confirms it, because Michelle is clearly a power top.

  32. magpie says:

    These pics remind me of her and Oliver Martinez a couple of years back. I kinda love her so whatevs…

  33. Vapid says:

    She’s one of those libertarian types who thinks their hellraising ways show how hip, rebellious, and individualistic they are. (Those pics of her red-faced and off her head at the basketball game with Cara?) Also she has a history with drugs, supposedly. I believe this is a drug/drinking hookup.

  34. Marianne says:

    Im thinking its probably more just a causal friends with benefits sex than them really being a couple. *shrugs*

  35. Bari says:

    Good Lord people. They are two GAY pals, on vacation, having fun and hamming it up for the (stupid) cameras who – of course – will sell the photographs and turn this into a ridiculous story.

  36. Vilodemeanus says:

    Only the truly dumb would believe a woman who is openly gay, and a man who is highly suspected of being gay are “dating”. Whoever thought up this “showmance” thinks people are stupid, and will believe anything as long as two people are willing to sell out their integrity. Actually it’s very sad.

  37. blenheim says:

    That’s a blindingly, nauseatingly obvious double bearding situation. Love how people don’t (refuse to?) see it.