Zac Efron attended the Sony Pictures cocktail hour during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at the Creme Brasserie on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Enjoy the pics!
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Zac Efron was spotted heading for a press conference to Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto on September 9, 2012. Enjoy the pics!
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Zac Efron was spotted arriving at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on September 8th, 2012. Enjoy the pics!
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Zac Efron was spotted arriving at LAX Airport in Los Angeles on September 8th, 2012. Enjoy the pics!
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Zac Efron was turning gay heads way before director Lee Daniels stripped him to his skivvies for the pulpy, ’60s-set southern thriller “The Paperboy,” which steams up theaters October 5. The “High School Musical” heartthrob is finally ready to return the love in his first gay press interview, which even he acknowledges is long overdue.
It’s good to see you return to your dancing roots with Nicole Kidman in the trailer for “The Paperboy,” but your moves seem to have gotten wetter and more naked.
Believe it or not, that dance in the rain wasn’t planned. Nicole’s fun to work with because she’s very improvisational. She just started dancing with me, and we went with the moment.
Surely you knew that scene would attract some prurient attention.
With a scene like that, you just have to stick with it and see where it takes you. After the fact, though, I remember thinking, Oh, jeez, what did I just get myself into?
Matthew McConaughey, your “The Paperboy” costar, helped design his thong for Magic Mike. Did you help select your white briefs?
I did, yeah. It’s a period movie, so there weren’t really a lot of choices. Initially, I wondered if my character would even wear underwear at all. But that would’ve been a very different movie.
After your involvement in last year’s “Footloose” remake fell through, fans worried that you might be done with musicals for good. Do you see more musical theater in your future?
Without a doubt, I’d love to do Broadway. I actually can’t wait to get back to musical theater. There’s a part of me that wishes I could go do it right now, but there’s also a part of me that knows I need to tackle other types of acting opportunities first. I want to be a well-rounded, versatile performer. Until I master other things, it would be hard for me to get back to musical theater. But that will always be my home base and where I feel the most free, and it’s something I will definitely do again, even it it’s just for pleasure and personal fulfillment.
“The Paperboy” also marks McConaughey’s first gay role. Are you interested in tackling a gay character?
I’d never take a role just for the sake of playing gay, but I’m always looking for a role that’s challenging, different, and entails some risk, so there’s no doubt in my mind that one of those characters will be gay at some point in the future. It’s always interesting to delve into unexplored territory, and that would be a new avenue for me. I definitely wouldn’t be afraid.
“High School Musical” sweetheart is all grown up and talking about his next movie, “The Paperboy” (out next month). In the Lee Daniels-directed thriller, Zac Efron, 24, strips down to his undies and even dances in the rain with Nicole Kidman.
Efron, who is attending the Toronto Film Festival, opens up in an interview with The Advocate about the role and his longstanding support from gay fans.
On working with Oscar nominee and gay director Daniels, who also helmed “Precious,” Efron says, “All he required of me was that I be fearless, and that’s something I’m really working on right now in my career.”
Efron tells The Advocate that he had no reservations about playing the part. And if the scene of him dancing around in his skivvies gets gay blogs excited about him, he’s OK with that, too. “It’s very flattering. After ‘High School Musical’ and ‘Hairspray,’ I’ve always felt embraced by the gay community, and I feel incredibly grateful and honored.”
He says that he became aware of his gay following especially after ‘High School Musical.’ “I think the gay audience related to my character Troy, because it really was a story of embracing who you are, no matter how different you might be, and not being afraid to show it. That’s a universal theme for everyone, but it specifically resonated with the gay community, and I felt very proud of that.”
Efron recalls his first interaction with gay people happened at a young age. I started doing local theater so young – I was 12 – so to me, being gay was just another way that you can be. I never really had time to think about it or have any preconceived notions. I don’t judge anyone and I never have.”
And as for gay marriage, well, he supports it. “It’s an issue that affects so many people in my life – a lot of my close friends and some of the most influential people around me. I just want them all to be happy. It would make me so happy to see them able to live their lives and do what they want to do.” [Source]
Zac Efron and Cheryl Burke crossed paths when they both stepped out at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood on Tuesday. Although they were spotted hanging together at the club just a few weeks ago, the stars had two very different nights.
Sporting a blue button-down shirt, a black beanie and a bit of facial hair, Efron kept a low profile in the club’s back VIP room.
“His table was very crowded but he always seemed to be at the back of the crowd so he could have some privacy,” an onlooker tells People.
Even though Efron seemed focused on a laid-back night with his friends, a female patron managed to catch his eye.
“At one point, he was flirting with a tall, thin blonde. He was definitely charming her,” the source adds. “But he left the club alone when they closed at 2 a.m.”
While Efron kept his evening low-key, Burke made a fashionably late entrance, arriving around 1:20 a.m.
Wearing a white Grecian-inspired dress, the “Dancing with the Stars” pro was upbeat as she chatted with her friend, promoter Allison Melnick before hitting the dance floor.
“She wasn’t shy and busted out her dance moves to songs like Rihanna’s ‘Birthday [Cake.]’ She was having fun,” says a source. [Source]
Zac Efron was spotted arriving at LAX Airport in Los Angeles on September 3rd, 2012. Enjoy the pics!
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