Zac Efron feels very lucky to have been given the chance to slowly work on his career after he shot to fame on the back of the « High School Musical » franchise. The 24-year-old actor first became a household name when he belted out the lyrics to « We’re All In This Together » alongside co-stars Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens. But, unlike his co-stars, Efron has slowly transformed his image from that squeaky-clean Disney poster boy to a well-rounded Hollywood actor.
The star of Nicholas Sparks film « The Lucky One » revealed to ContactMusic.com that he turned down several roles after « High School Musical » because he wanted to have a long and respectable Hollywood career.
« There were several avenues I could’ve gone down after ‘High School Musical,’ but I looked at the long term… I want to be doing this for a long time, so I wanted to make this transition slowly. »
And, rather than cash in on his popularity and keep his teenage fanbase, Efron wanted to take a step back and make a graceful transition from teen heartthrob to Hollywood name.
« It wasn’t so much about keeping the fans but about making sure I was able to focus on my craft and really take a step back, work hard, work with great directors and have a graceful transition. »
Zac Efron is under no impression that he could have made it thus far alone and looks back respectfully on every director he has worked with in the past.
« It was slow, but I look back at every director I worked with on these films and they are guys I’ve learnt so much from… I didn’t cash in or take the easier route but really focused on learning as I grow. I’m still learning. I’m just very lucky. »
Zac can be seen in « The Lucky One » at the moment, but fans will be happy to know that he will also be starring in « The Paperboy » and « At Any Price » when they hit cinemas later this year. [Source]