"What am I supposed to do?" asked Gilford as he smiled nervously during the obligatory celebrity shot.
The Evanston native, who was sitting in the front row of the
He was giddy about the floor seats (he took more than 30 pictures at the game), got excited when the Bulls'
"The actress who played Carlotta on the show got it off of
Gilford is in his fourth and final season of playing Matt Saracen on "Friday Night Lights,"
"I love the part I play on the show. It's a cool character. But it's fun to play different roles," said the 27-year-old actor. "Me and the people I work with have been making an effort to get parts that don't fall into that (nice guy) role.
"Casting directors will call my agent and say, 'We love Zach, but he's not this part. He's the nice guy.' It's like, 'No, he's the nice guy on "Friday Night Lights." That doesn't mean he can't play something else.'"
Fans who think Gilford is just like the shy, mumbling grandma's boy he plays on TV are in for a surprise. The Northwestern alum is more of a guy's guy, which means anyone that hangs out with him can expect high-fives, playful trash talking and maybe a punch or three to the shoulder. He even tried stirring things up Saturday with
Gilford will get the chance to show a different side of himself when he plays a confused "bad boy" in the film
"It's a good representation of high school," said Gilford, who was passed over for the role of Tucker Max in the film "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell." "It's kind of about how everyone gets placed in a box in high school. These three characters decide to step out of the box. You realize there's more to them."
Although he's had a hard time landing this sort of role, Gilford isn't bitter toward the TV show that gave him his big break.
"If getting pigeonholed is what I get for being on 'Friday Night Lights,' I don't care. It's been awesome," Gilford said. "Look where we're sitting."