Zac Efron on why he picked Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan for "That Awkward Moment"

Zac Efron isn't just starring in the new romantic comedy "That Awkward Moment," he's also serving as executive producer. 

The 26-year-old actor (don't call him a heartthrob) was involved with the project from the get-go, having read the screenplay by first-time director Tom Gormican while attending the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

  Before that, in 2010, the script had appeared on the Hollywood Black List, a survey compiling the most popular screenplays in Hollywood that have yet to be produced.

In the film, Efron plays Jason, who travails through New York's at-times-tough dating scene with the help of his two best friends, played by Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now") and Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station").

Efron said he personally had a hand in selecting his co-stars.

"I knew they'd be the right guys to play it," he told CBS News. "As soon as these guys' names came up -- I already knew [Jordan], I loved [Teller's] work. I just had a feeling that if you get three great guys with this script, you could make a great movie."

Efron also said he's happy with the finished product.

"I think we did it. We made a cool movie. I'm stoked," Efron added.

Watch video at the top of this story to see Efron and his co-stars talk about spending time and living together in New York prior to shooting.

"That Awkward Moment" opens in theaters on Friday.

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