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]
Zac Efron is in negotiations to star in Warner Bros.’ “The Lucky One,” based on the Nicholas Sparks novel about a Marine searching for a mysterious woman. The film will be produced by Denise Di Novi and Kevin McCormick, who segued last year from Warner production president to a studio deal under the Langley Park banner. Scott Hicks is attached to helm.
Di Novi’s produced three other Sparks adaptations for the studio – “Nights in Rodanthe,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Message in a Bottle.” Di Novi Pictures prexy Alison Greenspan is exec producing.
Will Fetters adapted “Lucky One,” which revolves around a Marine who survives three tours in Iraq and attributes his good fortune to a photograph he carried of a woman he has never met. He sets out to meet her when he returns to North Carolina.
Efron signed a producing deal earlier this year with Warner Bros., but isn’t attached as a producer on “The Lucky One.” He next appears in U’s “Charlie St. Cloud,” opening Friday. [Source]
Enjoy viewing two scans from the newest issue of Parade magazine. Thanks to zace.zaangels.com for them!
• Parade (August 2010) (x2)
Zac Efron was spotted leaving John’s Pizzeria in New York City on 24 July 2010! Enjoy the pics!
• July 24 – At JFK Airport In New York City (x5)
• July 24 – Leaving John’s Pizzeria In New York City (x20)
• July 24 – Out & About In New York City (x9)
Enjoy watching Cinemax’s “60 secons with Zac Efron and Amanda Crew”!
Enjoy viewing a new picture of Zac Efron taken by Michael S. Wirtz!
• Michael S. Wirtz Photoshoot (x1)
Zac Efron was spotted arriving at the Times Square in New York City on 24 July 2010. Zac came to watch “In the Heights” starring his co-star, Corbin Bleu. Enjoy the pics!
• July 24 – Out & About In New York City (x10)
Zac Efron was spotted arriving at JFK Airport in New York City on 24 July 2010. Enjoy the pics!
• July 24 – At JFK Airport In New York City (x6)
Mega-gorgeous HSM star Zac Efron is sitting across from me! The 22-year-old and I are kickin’ it at the beach in Marina, Del Rey, Ca. where he has agreed to tell us all about his new romantic drama film “Charlie St. Cloud” in which he plays a small-town hero who withdraws from life when his little brother dies. We are learning what Zac likes about his leading lady Amanda Crew, how he dealt with his most embarrassing fan encounter moment on the streets of L.A., where he, Vanessa and pals would love to sail (now that he’s learned how for the film) and how he’s changed since we first met him in 2005!
Zac’s “Charlie” director has only praise for his hard-working young star and reminded us that, for the film “17 Again,” Zac practiced spinning a basketball and passing it to the tips of his fingers, until those fingers bled! This is one dedicated actor. He was just as determined to learn to sail like a pro for “Charlie”. Sitting down with Zac to get the latest, we went all retro and handed him a digital pic we took of him in 2005 before HSM ever came out. He was 16.
I took this of you in 2005 at a ‘meet and greet’ for young stars of tomorrow. You had finished HSM but it hadn’t even been on TV yet. You were sitting there alone. I decided to come over and talk to this cute young guy and you told me all about ‘High School Musical’.
Zac: Oh Wow! [he laughs] That’s so funny! That’s very cool! [I hand him the picture and he keeps looking at it].
Who were you then? Who are you now? And what do you miss about the teen in that picture?
Zac: Oh man! [looking at the picture] I think right there it was just the naiveté. There was always a ‘best case scenario’ that was next and you were pointed in the right direction and you would either get that project or you wouldn’t. It was very simple at that time.
Zac: Now, I’m being privy to so much more information and being behind the scenes of a lot of stuff, it’s become more of a full-time job for me. I think here [at age 16], not to say it was less work but, look at me! I don’t have a care in the world here [we laugh]. Now I’m running my own ship more. Then I was waiting for that big surprise and I was still in high school. That’s one thing that’s been great is I’m not having to wake up early for class all the time.
Enjoy viewing a new photoshoot of Zac Efron! Click on the thumbnail to enlarge it!
• ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ Los Angeles Premiere 07/20/2010 (x66)
• ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ Los Angeles Premiere After Party 07/20/2010 (x3)
• ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ Screening In St. Louis 07/21/2010 (x32)
• The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 07/20/2010 (x14)
• Unknown Photoshoot #3 (x1)