It was a blustery Chicago morning. As we rolled into work half awake and caffeine dependent, something was different. It was finally here: Z-Day. The day when the greatest guest of all summer was set to arrive. Troy Bolton--sorry, Zac Efron--was coming to the studio and it would never be the same.
Because Zac has taken the title of ultimate teenage heartthrob, we were greeted by extra security as we tried to make our way around the station. His publicists had us on lockdown. No autographs, no pictures, and DEFINITELY no web cam. We were no better off inside WGN's doors than the screaming, adoring tweens across the road. Turns out, we were worse off.
We tried to think of ways to look busy. Dean saved Liane by giving her the job of transcribing aka sitting in the studio a few feet away from the legendary Troy Bolton and jotting down his infamous answers in his interview with Dean. Margo, Megan, and Katie tried to sneak into the studio, but they were promptly ordered to leave by Zac Efron's publicist. Even the midday interns came in early to catch a glimpse of their High School Musical hero. In the end, we were no better off than the viewers at home. We were even worse off than the tweens outside, who were graced by Zac's presence in an impromptu visit on his way out of the studio.
Still, the day was not a total loss. It was exciting to see the station host a star with that magnitude. Anyone who can get tweens out of bed and into our parking lot at five in the morning is certainly something. Z-Day was magical just like any Disney moment should be, and it was one of the most exciting and best days of our internship.