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Nov 18th
08:19 am
Zac on People's Sexiest Men list and Ted C on Zac's chances...  

He's in the 'Sexy at Every Age' section: "Good looks aside, these hot stars – Zac! Becks! Jake! – prove that sex appeal is ageless."


Johnny is on the cover (TY God!).

Also Ted Casablanca's apparently was at the press junket yesterday (or it might just be Taryn Ryder reporting to him but either way...) he had this to say:

Is Zac Efron Hollywood's Next Leading Man?

"We tried to do the musical version, but we couldn't get the rights."

—Zac Efron joking back when we asked about his choice to go for a role in Me and Orson Welles rather than another High School Musical or Footloose-type flick.

It's a major departure for dimpled and goody singer Efron. The 22-year-old wholesome type plays Orson's high-school kid Richard, who lands his dream role in illustrious film and theater legend Welles' production of Julius Caesar, only to be met with unexpected theatrical egos and chick problems. HSM15, this ain't.

But after checking out Efron in this pretty serious, yet oddly screwball period piece, we realized Z has the potential to take Hollywood—and not just teens—by storm.

And when we met with well-spoken Zac at the Welles junket at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bev Hills, he told us about his big hankering to "do something different."

But will it pay off?

"It was a very unique opportunity for me at the time, and still is," Zac told us about accepting the role. "I think it was something that didn't seem so cut and dry. It wasn't an obvious decision. Even I was a bit surprised, and that's very cool."

It's quite clear Zac's very aware how everyone was ready to peg him as a pretty boy who would be Disney's slave for the next several years.

"That's why we work and do this?to grow and try new things. That's exactly what this movie represented for me. I think it came at a perfect time," Z.E. explained to us.

The film's director, Richard Linklater, didn't have any doubts about Z's ability, either.

"I sat down with [Zac], and 15 or 20 seconds in I was like, 'Oh this guy's great.' To have a guy who can go toe-to-toe with the biggest personality of the 20th century, you know, you needed a leading man who had that charisma. And that's Zac. He really has that."

As for whether Zac will be a lasting fixture in this cutthroat Biz, Rick told us, yes. (Like, what's he's gonna say, but whatever.)

"The camera loves him; he has a strong presence. He's smart and wily. If you ever underestimate him, you realize he's two steps ahead of you. Don't play poker with him!"

Bottom line: Zac's serious acting chops will be tested when Me and Orson Welles hits theaters Nov. 25. You gonna check it out, or see New Moon for the 10th time, instead?
Mood: hungryhungry
12 12 comments Comment
jessica3311jessica3311 on November 18th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
I think Zac is slowly winning over Ted LOL
summertimecarol_rio on November 18th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Great article.

Love all the praises Zac is getting..

:yay: For being at the sexiest list..
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on November 18th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Pics of arrival in UK here, but I'm going to wait to post to see if jj posts more or better.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on November 18th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
that jacket is the sex.
IceGoddess: why so serious dirty little secretccmskatechick on November 18th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
I absolutely adore that jacket as well - new favorite piece. I die everytime I see pics of him in it.
zaccy23zaccy23 on November 18th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Yes and yes!
kat_2811kat_2811 on November 18th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Zac On ET Canada
i recorded it with my webcam so its not the greatest quality http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2WB2jfAXFI it might still be processing though
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on November 18th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Zac On ET Canada
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on November 18th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Zac On ET Canada
oh thank you....ghetto is better than nothing LOL
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on November 18th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
oh he looks sooooooo good in the airport candids, can't wait for tonight!!!!!

and i love the E write-up. its refreshing to see that people are FINALLY recognizing just how much he has to offer, and how much potential he has for a long career....

and his opening commnet, LMFAO, oh zachary!
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on November 18th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
also, in people zac is mention as well...

Other categories
This year’s issue is broken into other playful categories. And while it is dominated, as usual, by Hollywood hunks, it also includes the heads of state of the United States, France and Russia — Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy and Vladimir Putin. They earned mention in the “Sexy Shirtless” category, along with such show-biz entries as Zac Efron.

what a surprise LOL