There are few things I love more than a good profile story, and fortunately Details magazine provides quite a few to meet my quota. The most recent to come under their dissecting eye is “Charlie St. Cloud” star Zac Efron, who was unfortunately suffering a terrible case of poison oak at the time of the interview.
The article is entitled “The Agony of Zac Efron,” and details the tough life it is to be one of the nicest actors in Hollywood. What’s nice about the story is that it really gives a sense of Zac as person, instead of as the pretty boy girls like to swoon over or the baby-faced Disney star that guys love to hate. But fortunately, the article does more than just show people the true side of Zac. Writer Andrew Goldman probed on some pretty touchy subjects, such as Zac not joining the “Footloose” remake. Turns out everyone had been behind the project: Paramount, “High School Musical” director Kenny Ortega, Zac’s manager Jason Barrett… everyone except Zac.
“All the things I loved about ‘Footloose’ I couldn’t find in the project,” he said. “They just weren’t there. I couldn’t see myself doing it.” He said that calling Kenny to tell him that he was going to pass on “Footloose” was “literally the hardest phone call I’ve ever made.”
Then there’s the whole subject of his relationship with Vanessa Hudgens, which thanks his courage being bolstered by three quarters of a bottle of a nice red wine, Andrew was willing to ask if it was just a business coupling orchestrated by Disney to cover up Zac’s alleged homosexuality.
“That’s just fucking insane,” Zac said. “I’ve never even heard of that happening. I don’t even know who I would have been around who would have thought that was even a good idea. Right now [the gossip industry knows] exactly what’s going on and it’s not very interesting and there’s no money to be made on it. It’s exactly how it should be. It’s real.” [Source]