Zac Efron has said that playing Nicole Kidman's love interest in The Paperboy was overwhelming.

Speaking to Daybreak Efron said: "It was everything you dreamed of. She was such a lovely person. I pinched myself every day, especially after doing love scenes with Nicole Kidman. Nicole is so gorgeous!"

The High School Musical star further explained that he was very impressed with Kidman's acting skills saying: "Nicole was something else and was always in character.

"She didn't get weird method, like some actors do, but I have never seen anyone so centered."

When asked about the qualities he hopes his lifelong partner will have he said: "[I hope my wife will have] a sense of ambition and a sense of freedom, which is a careful mix.

"You have to balance those two. I haven't exactly found it yet."