Anyone who has seen the High School Musical franchise and Hairspray, can attest that Zac Efron is an extremely talented young man. He can sing, he can dance, he can act, and he’s not to rough on the eyes to boot. But, like many young stars, he seems to have faced and/or be facing some of the demons that can haunt anyone, but particularly those who have money to spend and too many people telling them ‘yes.’ Efron, whose movie, Neighbors, will be out in theaters later this month, sat down with Hollywood Reporter to discuss his career and journey through the perils of Hollywood.
“I was drinking a lot, way too much,” he says, acknowledging there were drugs, too. “It’s never one specific thing. I mean, you’re in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you. I wouldn’t take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interesting journey, to say the least.”
He talks about his next steps and moving forward with his life.
As he tries to change, he is living an ultrafit life, using weights and a rowing machine, and swimming 20 laps a day. He has the type of regimen that makes older men weep — working out daily, eating healthily and even drinking pH-balanced water from a specially installed alkaline faucet.
He gets ready for bed around 9 p.m., when he’ll watch a movie and read a script, turning in before some of his peers even rise because “I like to get up early and swim and train.”
He has joined Alcoholics Anonymous and also has been seeing a therapist. “I just started going,” he says. “And I think it’s changed my life. I’m much more comfortable in my own skin. Things are so much easier now.”
Still, he admits of his battle with addiction, “It’s a never-ending struggle.”
Efron also recounts his initial meeting with costar Seth Rogen years ago.
Efron and Rogen met six or seven years ago at the Sunset Tower, where both were attending an awards party, when Efron was riding the High School Musical bandwagon. “He passed me, and I just stopped and was compelled to say something,” recalls Efron. “I blurted out: ‘Hey, Seth, my name’s Zac. I’m an actor, and I just wanted to tell you that I really love your work. And thank you for everything you’ve done.’ “
Rogen looked up in shock. “And he goes, ‘Are you serious?’ ” continues Efron. “And I was like, ‘Yes, I’m 100 percent serious.’ And he goes, ‘Aw, man, I just wanted to hate you.’ And I’m like, ‘Seth, I get it. I don’t even like myself at this point.’ “
You can read the whole interview here.
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