perilous: (zachary david alexander efron)
Peri L. Hades ([personal profile] perilous) wrote2009-06-19 02:06 pm
Entry tags:


Okay, let's get this show on the road! Because [personal profile] strikesoftly sort of asked, ages ago, and I will take any excuse.

AKA Zac Efron, AKA Zefron. AKA the little awkward boy from California that, through a series of ridiculous moves calculated to make me and a bunch of teenies love the shit out of him, could.

Zefron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and raised in Arroyo Grande, California. His dad worked as a power plant engineer and his mom worked as a secretary at the same place.

"I lived a normal childhood in a middle-class family," Efron insists.

"When I was younger, I didn't even know this business existed."

[from here]

His dad was the first person to notice he was talented, apparently, when he was eleven, which led to singing lessons and appearances in a number of productions, which led to appearing on actual TV, which led to some actual central roles, which led to... High School Musical.

Wasn't he a cute little frog?

There are a lot of reasons to love Zefron. He's pretty much inherently lovable. I'm going to quote that article up there again to make my point.

Unlike most cute teen idols who take the news that young girls find them attractive as a license to behave like ill-bred jerks, Efron has a refreshing honesty and a disarming modesty that put him light years ahead of his competitors.

"I could show you 500 kids in L.A.," he says, stretching out on a sofa in a suite at the Hyatt during his recent stay in Toronto, "who are my height, weight, hair colour and age. We're a dime a dozen. Why did I get the parts I did? Who knows? But the minute I start thinking it's because I was special, that's when I know I'm in trouble."

And from that time he was on the cover of Rolling Stone being a hotass:

"This is my favorite place to eat breakfast, because you don't see the SUVs with the blacked-out windows here," Zac Efron says as he sits at a greasy diner in Toluca Lake, California. (The name is Patty's, but don't tell the paparazzi.) Efron is wearing mirrored sunglasses and a brown knit hat, which, in the summer sun, is making him sweat. He hasn't had a decent shower, because the hot water in his nearby two-bedroom apartment was shut off today. "As long as I stay boring, I think I'll be fine," he declares.

So that's your strategy for success? Just stay boring? "Yeah, seriously," he says. "I'm going to try."

Let us not make the mistake of associating him only with his lolarious role in the High School Musical movies, as glorious as it is! As we learned from 17 Again, the boy can actually act. He's funny. Plus:

VAN SANT: Your character in the film is 37 years old, and you’re playing him as a 17-year-old. What was it like playing somebody so much older?

EFRON: At the time, it was the most unique opportunity that presented itself. There were several roles that I could have done where I would have played essentially another high school student, or they were romances or stories in a high school setting, and there were lots of things that people wanted to turn into musicals. But the whole idea of playing a 37-year-old guy as a 17-year-old was just the most exciting prospect for me. I was really intrigued by the idea. I’ve always been kind of an old man, so to speak.

[from here]


-- He's culturally Jewish and personally agnostic.
-- He's twenty-one years old and his birthday is October 18.
-- He has two Australian shepherds named Dreamer and Puppy and a Siamese cat named Simon.
-- Being on Summerland caused him to pick up surfing. He also enjoys golf, skiing, rock-climbing, and snowboarding.
-- He has a brother named Dylan who's four years younger than him.
-- As a kid, he was bad at sports. Apparently he failed at both baseball and basketball.
-- He has contact lenses, but never bothers to wear them.

Okay, we can do the fun part with the pictures now.


I have a big thing for his arms.

They are essentially the reason I gave in to his charms.

And then, you know, there was his face. :(

And, um, just... IDEK. *___*

(See how he loves his fans? ♥)

One of the amazing things about Efron is that, even when being caught in the middle of a media firestorm like the one that surrounded High School Musical, he's able to maintain a mature and valuable perspective.

"It wasn't the hype that made the movie," he insists, "it was the fans who took control. That's what I love."

[from here]

In conclusion,

...okay, not actually in conclusion. Yes. There's more!

Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens can't keep their hands off each other.

The "High School Musical" co-stars - who have been dating since they started filming the Disney franchise in 2005 - looked closer than ever as they partied at Teddy's bar in Los Angeles after the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday.

A source said: "They were holding hands, dancing close and always had their arms around each other."

[from here]

If you can't bring yourself to love Zac Efron by himself, you should consider loving him and Vanessa Hudgens together. They're two great tastes that taste great together!


When asked about being nominated for Best Kiss, Zac, 21, told MTV, “I think we’re [me and Vanessa] the only boy-girl human-on-human kiss. That might be a disadvantage. (laughs)”

[from here]

Yeah, remember that time they went to Hawaii?

It would seem they actually could not be a more attractive couple.


Let's have some videos!

Here he is with terrible (and kind of adorable) hair attempting to troll the viewer a little and talking about his crush on Leonardo DiCaprio.

Doing a fail!rap with Lucas Grabeel.

Embedding's disabled on this one, but here's Zac and Vanessa playing with Barbies on the set of High School Musical 3.

The HSM3 bloopers are full of excellence. GUYS. GUYS. WE FORGOT OUR PANTS.

Zefron hosted SNL! It was amazing.

Especially this part.

And, of course, if you haven't watched it (I don't know how this would be possible, but hey), Bet On It. Because it is the most ridiculous fucking thing in the world. Zac Efron. ♥

Despite being on the cover of every teenie magazine in the world, you should love Zefron because his head, while somewhat orange and disheveled, is not big.

But instead of smugness - or even a sense of security - the greatest surprise about Efron is his uncertainty.

"In the back of my mind, I can never forget this could be gone tomorrow - and at this point I think the odds are against me," he says, answering a straightforward question about red-carpet premieres.

Startling as it sounds, does Efron really believe his future in the industry isn't assured? "Well, no, but I plan for that," he says.

"I think the chances of succeeding in this business are slim to none; there's only a handful of people that have long careers. You have to put in the work, you can never be satisfied, never take it for granted."

Efron seems well aware of other former teen stars who have crashed and burned, either by disappearing off the big screen or indulging too heavily in Hollywood's party scene. It's a cliche he wants to avoid.

"There's a time for celebration and I partake, sure," says Efron, who has just reached the legal drinking age in the US. "But you know, it's important not to let that become too big of a distraction. The more you have access to, the harder it is to remain focused.

"You know what, I do not want to fall victim to that, it's too easy and too often done. It's out of style anyway, I think too many people have done it before me, I'm not going to. It's uncool, yeah. I think the rebellious thing to do would to actually be successful."

[from here]

Like this:

"I'm definitely not the best actor in the world at this point," he says. "But hopefully, with time and effort and smart decisions, that will change."

[from here]

Because... he's always been a stud?

1. When was your first kiss?
I want to say I was in fifth grade. It was in a tree fort. It was over a game of Truth or Dare, but it turned into “make out with the other person.” I was like the only boy and there were a bunch of girls up there. I was pretty stoked.

[from here]


Post a comment in response:

Anonymous( )Anonymous This account has disabled anonymous posting.
OpenID( )OpenID You can comment on this post while signed in with an account from many other sites, once you have confirmed your email address. Sign in using OpenID.
Account name:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
HTML doesn't work in the subject.


Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.