Actor Zac Efron stopped at a local Los Angeles, California gas station to refuel his Audi on August 10, 2010. Zac had what looked to be a script in his hand as he stepped out of his car to finish pumping gas. The committed actor continued his multi-tasking as he topped off the tank while simultaneously reading. Zac recently was seen at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend where he tipped his girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens for her stellar performance on the catwalk in the broadway show RENT where she played ‘Mimi’.
On contracting poison oak: Efron arrived for the interview sporting a “homeless-urban-ninja look” with a black hoodie pulled over his head and only one arm through the sleeve. He refused to shake hands with the reporter making him wonder if Efron had taken a Howard Hughes-like turn. Thankfully, that’s not the case. Efron was suffering from “a bad case of poison oak.” Later on in the interview we learn that he contracted the horrible rash on a hiking trip with friends through a California park. “Dude, it’s like everywhere. Everywhere. I can’t even begin to show you, ’cause you’ll get so grossed out. I look like a zombie from Dawn of the Dead.” Photos from the infamous trip are included in our story online!
On not dating around Hollywood: “I think a lot of guys would enjoy that. But I’m not really like that. Believe me, I rack my brain thinking ‘Why am I not out there playing the field?’ One of my buddies was like, ‘You have no idea what’s going on right now. You’re peaking on Ecstasy and you’re watching TV.’ But it’s not in my heart.” He goes on later to say about his relationship with Hudgens, “It’s exactly how it should be. It’s real.”
Of Shia LeBouf’s attitude: “I’m so jealous of that,” Efron says of LaBeouf, whom he doesn’t know personally. “Yeah, that’s awesome to not give a sh*t. And Shia still pulls it off. That’s so cool. It’s just awesome. It just comes easy to some people.”
Tom Cruise recently flagged Efron down in the lobby of CAA to ask: “You ride motorcycles?” When Efron said he didn’t, Cruise asked “You wanna learn how?” and proceeded to invite him out to his house, taught him how a motorcycle engine works, and showed him the hangar which houses his collection including the Triumphs he rode in the Mission:Impossible movies. When asked why he thought Cruise did that, Efron said: “I don’t even want to know. It’s just so cool that he gave a sh*t, the fact that he cared at all. No one else did that.”
On turning down Footloose: “all the things I loved about Footloose I couldn’t find in the project. They just weren’t there. I couldn’t see myself doing it. I love Kenny (Ortega) with all my heart, it was literally the hardest phone call I’ve ever made.”
On the location of the photoshoot: The airplane graveyard was challenging since it was in the middle of the dessert, “It was really hot and bright and dusty and windy,” says photgrapher Norman Jean Roy. Efron became a true collaborator in the shoot and according to Roy, “was very accommodating and very involved.”
August 10, 2010