Zac Efron recently talked to the “Hollywood Reporter” about his struggles with addiction and now he’s saying that talking about his problems gave him a sense of relief. He talked to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show and said that he is glad that his story is out in the public eye.
He said, “You know what, actually, it was a weight off my chest, I think. It was great. It was a fantastic time. It was a rough year. It’s kind of funny – you know, ‘Neighbors’ is such a great sort of icing on the cake for all this. I was able to kind of channel all of that and put it back into this movie. And I feel great. I feel really blessed to be here working with this group of guys. I don’t know – it couldn’t be better right now.”
Costar Dave Franco (James Franco’s younger brother) agreed, saying he thinks this film will be great for his image. “I’m really excited for Zac, just because I know a lot of people have this preconception of who he is, and once you see this movie, I think his teenybopper image is going to be completely shattered, and all these new projects that wouldn’t have come to him otherwise are just going to flood [in].”
As previously reported, Efron secretly completed a brief stint in rehab back in April 2013, for problems with cocaine and alcohol. “I was drinking a lot, way too much,” he told THR. “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,” he said. “But it was an interesting journey, to say the least.”
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