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Oct 8th
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Zac Efron, Nylon Magazine (Nov 2009)  












Zac Attack
NYLON Guys takes on the enigma that is Zac Efron.
by LUKE CRISELL

Is Zac Efron the next king of the silver screen? It may be too soon to tell, but the actor—who turns 22 next Sunday—is certainly making good start. This month sees the release of the Richard Linklater-directed Me and Orson Welles, in which Efron plays an aspiring thespian who by a series of fortunate events is thrown into the iconic director’s infamous production of Julius Caesar, which was the first Shakespeare play ever staged on Broadway. NYLON Guys went sailing with Efron in Vancouver to talk about his transition from Disney pin-up to serious actor. 
 

On Me and Orson Welles.  “It’s the first time I’ve ever watched a movie [that I’m in] and in the end I’m like, ‘OK! I didn’t check my watch once!’”

On growing up musically inclined “I was constantly singing. I would hear things on the radio and just be able to spit them out instantly, with perfect memorization and tone. It wasn’t like I took pride in it; there was no effort. My parents were like ‘Shut up. Please stop singing. It’s annoying.’”



On whether celebrity albums are necessary.  “If anyone asked themselves that, then we wouldn’t have the crap we are listening to today.  If your heart’s not in it, don’t do it. And don’t do it for money. That’s my philosophy.”



On Disney fame. “I try not to look at all of it. You can’t enjoy or celebrate it; it’s not a real thing. The face on the lunchbox and shit—you can’t share that with your friends.

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butterflybee260butterflybee260 on October 8th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)

Hehe I love the hair swoop one! Anyone wanna make me an icon? :P

For some reason I don't like the tone of the article...idk idk. I like what he's saying but not the way its being said...does that make sense?
Shruti: Zac | Lay Back Relaxcalcified on October 8th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, I completely agree. Sometimes I read Zac articles and they're really earnest and likeable and very ZAC, and then other times I'm like...why do you pretend to hate yourself? Ugh, it's when he's trying to be cool; he comes off as deeply uncool, I would go so far as to say a tool.
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Shruticalcified on October 8th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
He looks weirdly constipated in some of them...and also like he's hunching? Oh well, at least he's not SUPER overstyled.

I kind of hate his first answer though, like ...srsly. I can't stand when he pulls that move.
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on October 8th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Interviews are deceiving cause we have know idea how these statements were said nor the full context.
Shruti: Efs | Remix To Ignitioncalcified on October 8th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
True + JJ snippets have a knack for making everyone sound retarded.
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on October 8th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
the topic headers are deceiving, esp:




On Disney fame. “I try not to look at all of it. You can’t enjoy or celebrate it; it’s not a real thing. The face on the lunchbox and shit—you can’t share that with your friends.

He's talking about being branded and the excess of merchandise, not necessarily his Disney experience.
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Agreed, it took a while to make sense of that first "it" because the referent is not actually the header. >.> Hopefully the full interview will be less confusing and add context, lol.
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Mandyaudrey_za on October 8th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I don't even know what to say! I'm so excited he finally got a Nylon cover! I thought he'd nab one for sure during "17 Again" promo, so I'd all but given up hope on seeing him inside the mag, let alone ON the cover!

I love the shots. I LOVE the styling, I LOVE THIS SHOOT!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 8th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
have you found clothing information anywhere on nylon's site yet?
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This pic is the most him, and something he'd wear ... but the pose doesn't fit with their text and logo. (I tried :[).
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on October 8th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
THIS IS MY FAVORITE! That shirt is so colorful :D
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-Jo-: thanksgreenie_breizh on October 8th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
LOLOL the hair swoop. As much as I miss the longer hair, I love how he can do crazy stuff with this new do.

The more I read what he has to say, the more I like him. (Not so much the undermining what he's done in the past, more the distance he seems to have with it all.) I have to wonder what celebrity albums he's thinking about though?

Also randomly it would REALLY REALLY make my day if he would come out in support of the march in DC this weekend. I know there's zero chance of that happening but whatever. In my head he's totally like, right on.

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Darkshifter: Hawt folksdarkshifter on October 8th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I want my hair to do the flippy thing that his does!
wild at heartjukeboxblues on October 8th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
HIS FUCKING HAIR IS AMAZING. KJFANSLDA I CAN'T.
sasha.: mike&scarlett » watch your handssashanaa on October 8th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Well, my shitty day just got a bit better.
jessica3311jessica3311 on October 8th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 8th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
yeah, it's not really new info though (GOSH DARN IT, LOL).
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bettybaby63bettybaby63 on October 8th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
i really like the shoot. and it does look like it was done on the fly, i mean standing against a bland background....real original and thought provoking (mind you i'm not that familiar with this mag, so maybe that's their thing.

i completely agree that its sort of unfair to judge the "tone" of the article by just these few snippets.

i share EHSs view regarding the article itself.

but that's me LOL
wild at heart: ( zan ) ` hands `jukeboxblues on October 8th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
lmao i don't even think the tone is that bad, people are just overreacting. but i find your icon highly approps.
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bettybaby63bettybaby63 on October 8th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
dear shrewtee,

so i'll totally reconsider your comments given this....

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/popwrap/zac_efron_self_loathing_is_right_yQiTbUL1a4WJg16KEaSN9I

not that this guy's opinion matters to me, but clearly he won't be the only one making such sentiments.
zaccy23zaccy23 on October 8th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
I love how today started out as OMG yes Zac's on a cover to wow everyone thinks he's self loathing and a multitude of other corse phrases. I just feel like this guy can't win sometimes. If he says one thing he's a tool, he says another thing he's ungrateful, he says something else he's dissing his girlfriend. I just wish people wouldn't take what he says so seriously, personally, etc. I want to know the real Zac and if this is the real Zac bring it on. At least he's being himself whether we like it or not. You know?
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The Writers Denmusewriter on October 8th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
OMG! What a nice thing to come home to!

As for the interview snippets. IDK, I see Zac as a 22 year-old guy. Most people his age would be in college during the week and getting high or drunk on the weekends (which I'm sure he's guilty of at times too). But yet he's been thrown into this crazy world were he essentially has to portray a persona all the time or people think something is "off" about him. I love that he is so real, he's one of the most down to earth celebs I've ever been a fan of.

And sometimes I think people (reporters included at times) forget that Zac Efron is not Troy Bolton. He's a guy stuck at a very precarious position trying to make it in an industry that eats people alive. I don't envy him and I think he's handled it remarkably well.

And did I mention the pics are hot?!