Hollywood hottie Zac Efron is best known for his killer abs, his high-profile romance with Vanessa Hudgens and his sugary-sweet role in the “High School Musical” films. Since graduating from the Disney franchise, he’s been eager prove his talent as more than just a teen star – but the actor promises to take his devoted fans along for the ride.
“I would never want to do anything to alienate or betray these fans that have been so great,” Efron tells iVillage exclusively. “I want to stay a little bit ahead of the audience, experience life and make movies about those experiences. When they catch up to that age and gain perspective on life and realize that not everything is like ‘High School Musical,’ there’ll be a movie there to help them through that next stage of their lives.”
In his new drama “Charlie St. Cloud” (which hits theatres July 30), Efron, 22, plays a young man dealing with the death of his younger brother – a serious departure from the happy-go-lucky HSM films. To get into character, the actor says he thought about his own little brother, Dylan.
“I pictured what life would be like without him, and that was more than enough to get to that place,” he says. “You just have to have something real to think about, that you can relate to.”
Watch our exclusive video interview to find out from Efron what his 12-year-old costar thinks of his crazy fans, and why he’s trying to enjoy the female attention as much as possible. [Source]
Being a young, internationally famous singer, dancer, and actor would probably be fairly awesome. Except for the part where you get hit in the nuts. Zac Efron is pretty popular. But on ‘Lopez Tonight’ (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS), he showed up to discuss his role in the new film ‘Charlie St. Cloud.’ Unfortunately, part of his acting job during the film involved being hit in the crotch. With a baseball.
During his conversation with host George Lopez, Zac revealed that it only took one take to do the crotch-hitting scene. That’s good. We’d hate to have to think about Zac being hit in the groin over and over again. Then, Zac moved on to discussing previous crotch troubles that he’d had in his past. This conversation involved the mention of a game that he played in high school, which involved hitting other people in the groin. According to Zac, this game was called “Sack Tap.” [Source]
When it was announced earlier this year that “High School Musical” actor Zac Efron had signed on to star in the film adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ “Fire,” it’s fair to say that more than a few eyebrows were raised. Call us pleasantly surprised, however, when we learned that Efron is not only a big Bendis fan, but that he has a solid grasp on the character and can’t wait to start production on the film.
“Brian Bendis is writing a script right now,” Efron told MTV News of the “Fire” production status, while promoting his latest film, “Charlie St. Cloud.” “I don’t know when we are getting a draft exactly. But I know that he’s having a blast and Brian is one of my favorite writers. I’m really looking forward to that, we’ll see what happens.”
Efron went on to say that what he’s most excited about in tackling the character Ben – a college student recruited by the CIA who later discovers he’s been marked for termination by his employers – is the opportunity to step outside himself, along with his repertoire of boy-next-door roles.
“You know the character, he’s not afraid,” Efron said. “You know me in life I have a lot of rules. There is a lot of stuff I can’t do because I would never want to take those risks so to speak.”
“As much as I’m a thrill-seeker, I don’t really get into fights,” he explained. “I’m not a renegade kind of guy. And that’s what this character is.”
Efron added that he plans to take full advantage of his character’s edgy existence.
“I’m definitely going to live vicariously through this character,” he said. “And experience things I can’t do in real life.” [Source]
Zac Visits Strip Club – After Getting Vanessa’s Permission
Zac Efron’s recent guys’ night out at a strip club didn’t exactly exceed his expectations.
“I had this image of what it would be like. I’ve heard a lot about these places, mostly from rap music. So I envisioned myself on a nice couch, stunna shades, with like T-Pain and Usher, you know, making it rain money,” he said Wednesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “And it just wasn’t like that.”
Instead, he was just like any other patron at Flashdancers Gentlemen’s Club in N.Y.C. over the weekend. With “High School Musical” costar Corbin Bleu and another pal in tow, the group stayed for four hours getting bottle service and lap dances. “They were nice kids. They seemed to have fun,” a source tells PEOPLE.
But before he was able to head to the club, Efron, 22, had important business to take care of first: calling girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens.
“That’s the awkward part. It’s like how do you even start that conversation without feeling like a total [expletive]?” he told Kimmel. “[But] she was fine with it, yeah.”
Clarifying reports that the group dropped $2,000 on dancers, the “Charlie St. Cloud” star says, “No, no, not at all … I don’t remember. I don’t think I opened my wallet.”
“I’m cutting back right now – I’m trying to keep it between three and four nights a week,” he joked, before adding he’s “not really the type of guy that does that kind of thing often.” [Source]