At this point in his career, Zac Efron can take on pretty much any film role, endorsement, reading of the phone book, etc., and his die-hard fans will line up to see him. With such enthusiastic supporters, it could be easy to take them for granted and sign on to whatever project suits his fancy. When MTV News caught up with the teen heartthrob, however, we learned that this is not the case. When asked why he took on his role in “Charlie St. Cloud,” out this Friday, instead of another musical, for example, Efron revealed that he puts a lot of thought into his fans’ wishes.
“I was trying to figure that out for so long,” Efron admitted. “What do the fans want to see? I could do another musical. I could stick to my guns and try to do more of that. Try and do another cool musical and try to stick with that genre. Is that really what the fans want to see? I mean everyone is like, ‘How can you make that transition? How are you going to get the fans to follow you into this new kind of stuff?'”
Efron said he doesn’t think it’s the responsibility of his fans to follow him, rather it’s his responsibility to stay relevant. “The only way that I know how to do that is to stay a little bit ahead of the audience. Experience life, make movies about those experiences, and by the time the audience catches up, and maybe realizes that life isn’t always like ‘High School Musical,’ maybe they will have a movie that helps them through that next challenge that they face in life.”
The forward-thinking 22-year-old added that he’d prefer his career to be based in that kind of relevance, rather than what he thinks is fun. “I don’t want to look back and say I just made movies because it was fun, you know? I want to make movies because it’s challenging and it’s an opportunity to help people. Otherwise it’s just, you know, kind of selfish, I think.” [Source]
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Zac Efron was spotted outside ABC television studios in New York City on 27 July 2010! Enjoy the pics! UPDATED!
In an interview with Movieline Zac Efron talked about how he hasn’t singed on for any action movies yet, saying that he has to find the right one:
“When a superhero movie is about to get made, we’re at different levels of conversation about it. I find that it’s hard to commit to an action movie for the sake of doing action. I love action as much as the next guy, but I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite genre or one that I look for an amazing performance in… I think it would be about finding the right one.”
So when will we get to see Zac acting in an action flick?
“It hasn’t been the right time necessarily, or it’s too early. I don’t feel that I’ve earned it quite yet, to be honest. The people that you see them find for superheroes, you go, ‘Oh yeah, that’s great. That guy is perfect, what a great idea.’ Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern? You go, ‘Finally, he’s going to do something great! We’ve been waiting for it, he’s done all these other things and now I want to see him as that character.’” [Source]
Stars, they’re just like us. They, too, get displaced by younger siblings when they leave the nest. Now that he’s out of his childhood home in California, Zac Efron gets a jolt whenever he visits his parents and younger brother, Dylan.
“My brother’s in my room now. I’m sleeping in the guest room. I never appreciated how cool my room was until you go in there and your brother has manhandled everything and put posters of every soccer team on the wall. I had my Tyra Banks posters, skateboarding, BMX, sports. I go home and I can’t believe it was my room,” Efron tells USA TODAY’s Donna Freydkin.
And it’s not that Efron is getting taller, per se. It just feels that way. “I feel like a giant in my house because every time I go home, everything just shrinks,” he says. [Source]
The 22-year-old actor dished on “Live with Regis and Kelly” about going to see a few shows before his promo schedule took flight. Zac shared, “I went to see Corbin in his show [In The Heights]. Go see it, he’s so amazing. He just really, really nails that part [of Usnavi]. I’m just so proud of him up there on stage.” [Source]
Zac Efron was spotted outside his hotel in New York City on 26 July 2010! Enjoy the pics!
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Zac Efron was spotted out and about in New York City on 26 July 2010. Enjoy the pics!
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Zac Efron is all grown up. And he knows exactly how to prove it.
“Eventually I’ll be getting to adult-adult (entertainment), for real. But baby steps,” the actor deadpans.
Don’t fret, Efronistas. He’s only kidding. Efron, 22, still remains his wholesome, hunky self. But the actor with the gleaming blue eyes and immaculately spiked hair, who broke through as studly varsity basketball captain Troy Bolton in Disney’s “High School Musical” trilogy, is gradually scoring more mature roles.
On Friday, he headlines the drama “Charlie St. Cloud,” a family flick starring Efron as a sailing prodigy with a scholarship to Stanford whose entire future collapses amid the accidental death of his beloved younger brother. And the film, which deals with debilitating isolation and loss, has nary a musical number, which is one of the many reasons the project resonated with Efron.
“It seemed like someone I could play. There were a lot of scripts I was getting with guys that were too cool, you know? Not only am I not that person, why would I pretend to be that person?” Efron says. “Charlie was a character I felt I could bring something to. Having a little brother, having goals and aspirations, loving sports, all that kind of stuff just made sense to me. For me, a huge part of my life is family, my mom and dad and brother. Charlie St. Cloud was a chance for me to dream and say, ‘What if I didn’t have that?'” [Continue reading and watch the video]