Bear Grylls and Zac Efron talk about the actor’s sober life after overcoming addiction.
Zac Efron showed off his survival skills by participating in extreme physical challenges on NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” But the former Disney Channel actor also opened up about the other kinds of challenges he’s faced recently – battling addiction while navigating Hollywood.
“The challenging part was never the work, that was never it,” Efron, 26, told host Grylls, according to The Wrap.
On the extreme show he may have jumped out of a helicopter, eaten worms and scaled cliffs, but that apparently doesn’t compare to being young, rich and famous in Tinsel Town.
“It was just so quick-it was shocking,” the “High School Musical” actor said of his fame.
Zac Efron describes his addictions as ‘social lubricant’ while navigating Hollywood. The actor ended up in rehab twice last year for undisclosed addictions.
“The social aspects outside of it; everywhere you go (there are press and people watching) … and it can be confusing … and pretty soon you need a social lubricant.”
Efron wound up in rehab twice last year for undisclosed reasons; though it was reported the actor was battling addictions to cocaine and alcohol.
“It got to the point where I was caring less about the work and waiting more for the weekend where I couldn’t wait to go out and let loose and have fun,” he told Grylls.
“When Monday and Tuesday were difficult to get through, I thought, ‘This is bad.’”
But Efron appears to now be serious about sober living.
“I just really never again want to take anything from the outside in to feel … comfortable in my present skin, and that takes a lot of work,” he said. “It’s just meditation and stopping and slowing down your brain.”
Here are two sneak peeks at Zac from the upcoming Running Wild with Bear Grylls, premiering July 28!
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NBC is taking another bet on Bear Grylls.
The network has ordered Running Wild with Bear Grylls, which is set to premiere on Monday, July 28. The unscripted effort will feature the British survivalist, who formerly starred in NBC’s Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls, as he takes celebrities including Channing Tatum, Zac Efron and Ben Stiller into the most remote locations for 48-hour adventures.
ach of the six hour-long episodes ordered will focus on a single celebrity — the others include NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, actor Tom Arnold and Today anchor Tamron Hall — as he or she endures the harsh wilderness with Grylls. Among the activities featured: skydiving into the Catskill Mountains, repelling down the cliffs of Utah and battling torrential wind and rain in Scotland.
“Running Wild allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity,” said Grylls, who added: “Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege.”
NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy is similarly enthusiastic about the series’ potential: “Bear’s incredible spirit is absolutely contagious, not only with his celebrity partners but with the viewing audience as well. We can’t wait to see how these epic adventures will profoundly change those who take the challenge.”
Grylls, who has a significant international following, was introduced to U.S. audiences back in 2006 via Discovery’s Man vs. Wild. He has also authored multiple survival guides and has several endorsement deals and partnerships with companies including Gerber Knives. Discovery ended its relationship with Grylls in early 2012 after it was allegedly unable to get Grylls to begin work on two unannounced projects for Discovery, sources told The Hollywood Reporter at that time. He then returned to the network late last year with Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell.
Like NBC’s short-lived Get Out Alive, this series, which was created by Grylls, is produced by Electus (ABC’s Bet On Your Baby, NBC’s Food Fighters, TBS’ King of the Nerds) and Bear Grylls Ventures. Grylls will serve as an executive producer along with Electus’ Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Corie Henson, Laura Caraccioli, Doug McCallie and Viki Cacciatore.