Sunday, September 7, 2008

Zac Efron Talks About Coping With Fame - Learning How To Act

Zac Efron became famous by playing young teen heartthrob Troy Bolton in Disney's "High School Musical" movies, but it has just been recently that Efron has developed a deep appreciation for both acting and the film making process.

Zac Efron, 20, told Teen Vogue reporters that he grew to care more about his business while staring in the movie "Seventeen Again", alongside Matthew Perry, about a guy whose life didn't quite turn out how he wanted it to, so he wishes he could go back to high school and change it. He wakes up one day and is seventeen again and gets the chance to rewrite his life.

Efron told Teen Vogue:

"It was hard to play someone that I couldn't relate to in the slightest, the director taught me a lot about the art of acting, which I hadn't been schooled in before. I've got a better understanding of what it means to be an actor now."

Efron has also gained an appreciation for older movies and a love for cinema while working on his current project "Me And Orson Wells", starring next to Claire Danes, about a teenager who is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar" directed by a young Orson Welles in 1937.

Efron's latest projects are a far cry from his teen idol roles in "High School Musical", and are showing the young actor is trying to break the mold of teen star. But the paparazzi still hounds him, and the actor rarely has a private moment. Zac does admit that sometimes he wishes he could be anonymous.

"High School Musical 3: Senior Year" opens October 24, and stars Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel and Corbin Bleu.

This third installment tells the story of seniors Troy and Gabriella, who struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.

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