Zac Efron: High School Musical Wasn’t “Crap,” Was “Luckiest Break in the World”
Unlike some former Disney stars, Zac Efron has no problem still being associated with the Mouse House. The actor happily discusses his association with the brand in the Spring Fashion issue of Flaunt, explaining how 2006’s High School Musical launched his career.
“Here’s the one thing about High School Musical that a lot of people forget or don’t realize. It affected a lot of people; its resonance, culturally, was massive… and at the same time, it was in every sense of it, the luckiest break in the world,” Efron tells the magazine.
He continues, “The wrong thing to do — and that’s what all these interviews now are trying to get me to say — is to turn on it, to like sh*t on it, call it crap. But that’s insane.” “There are hundreds of people who began doing one thing when they were younger, who go on to develop and refine and shape their vision, as they get older, and other concerns — like fame, or money — take a back seat to other ones,” explains Efron.
And along with showing gratitude for his evolving career, the movie star has put fame into an interesting perspective, telling the mag why he doesn’t often speak out on the pitfalls of celebrity. “The b***hiness doesn’t do anything. It just puts you out there and it makes you look unappreciative to your fans,” says Efron.
He goes on, “If I’m talking to my friends, or somebody important who can have some influence on or affect the situation, that’s one thing, but to b***h about attention while getting attention? I’d be doing it to the very people whose job it is to get that information — who are watching me and have control over that information. Therefore, it makes them upset, they read it like it’s hypocritical, and so they spread some bullsh*t.”
“You should hear the chatroom sh*t that gets said every time you try to complain. So that’s why I’m not going to complain,” continues Efron. “I will do a lot of things in my life differently to make sure it’s not known or tweeted about or photographed.” He adds, “But it’s a complete day-to-day situation. I mean, I wish I could sit here and be completely honest — but I guess that’s an even bigger responsibility — and it’d take a more courageous man.”