From the Australian AP:
Zac Efron 'aspires to be like Hugh'
YOUNG Hollywood star Zac Efron says he aspires to be like Australian actor Hugh Jackman, and would love to do a movie with him.
Efron says he was blown away with Jackman's talents when he joined him on stage in a song and dance tribute to musicals at the Oscars last month.
"When I heard I was going to be on stage with Hugh, I was shocked," Efron said.
"I was like, 'I can't keep up with that guy'.
"Not only is he a better singer and dancer, he's 6 foot three, or four.
"He's the tallest guy that I've ever seen be that coordinated."
Efron, 21, has become a huge star thanks to his roles in the High School Musical trilogy, as well as Hairspray.
But the young heartthrob said he looked up to Jackman, 40, as a role model.
"I aspire be where he's at some day - to have that drive," Efron said.
"It gives me hope a little bit."
Efron added he'd love to star in a movie alongside the Australia star, saying, "Man I wish, can somebody write that?
"That could be a musical too. He could pull it off."
Efron, who has made several recent trips to Australia, is here this time to promote his new movie 17 Again, in which he plays a disillusioned 30-something transformed back to a teenage.
He was mobbed by hundreds of fans crying and screaming as he walked the red carpet for the premiere in Sydney this week, but said he appreciates the support.
"You understand it is what it is, but it's better than the opposite reaction," Efron said.
"Right now I couldn't be happier or more grateful that they take the time to show up and support this film in particular.
"It's an important one for me."
Efron, who is dating actor Vanessa Hudgens, also took the opportunity to dismiss rumours they are engaged.
"We're not engaged," Efron said.
"I'm pretty sure literally that came from The Enquirer (magazine).
"It's pretty funny, we had a good laugh over it."
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