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Jun 28th
12:59 pm
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From SF Gate - In Marin blog, Zac Efron raised right!

While the topic of Zac Efron might be pushing the limits of a Marin-centric blog, I figure there has to be a tie in somewhere...as in his photo on the cover of People this week is in my local Safeway. Anyway, back to the story. I just got back from the glorious Maui Film Festival with my family, where teen heart throb Zac Efron was in attendance to accept a Shining Star Award. From my two preteen daughters, the buzz of "where is Zac Efron staying" was deafening. One source (10-year old) from the beach told them he had rented out the 8th floor of the Grand Wailea. Another informant on the Grand Wailea water slides swore he saw Zac and Vanessa at the neighboring Four Seasons. Alas, the preteen information flow was wrong. Zac and his brother were staying at the Fairmont Kea Lani, and apparently having a great time. After all the flurry of possible Zac sightings, I had to ask Wendy Harvey who works with the Fairmont about their famous visitor.

Why do you think Zac decided to stay at the Fairmont?
Zac and his girlfriend, Vanessa, had vacationed at The Fairmont Kea Lani about 3 years ago in a 2 bedroom oceanfront villa. They had a great time and even got certified in SCUBA diving. And, let's face it, the 1800 sq ft. villa with the private plunge pool just steps from Polo Beach is reason enough to return.

Was he easy to work with?
I was blown away with how polite Zac was. He was very gracious and grateful and offered his assistance willingly. He wasn't demanding at all - there were no special requests for his villa or transportation.

Did he hide in his room?
Quite the contrary - Zac could be seen all over the hotel. He went to Spa Kea Lani, had his hair cut at Juvenal's Hair Salon, ate at Ko Restaurant, Nick's Fishmarket, and at Caffe Ciao deli, he even cheerfully posed for photos with young guests. He also swam at the adults-only pool, and hung out in his pool cabana with his brother, Dylan.

Did he have a huge entourage?
No. He traveled with his publicist and brother. However, there were several Maui Film Festival people escorting him places.

Anything surprise you about him?
I think Zac is one of the most polite people I've ever met. There's not an ounce of pretentiousness in him. He is very respectful of others. For example, while at dinner at Ko, with a large group, he listened attentively and when someone would speak the same time as he did, he would stop and allow them to continue rather than dominate the conversation. He gave sincere thanks for the opportunities presented to him during the festival. He would go out of his way to acknowledge me as well as others he'd just recently met at festival events. Anyone can tell, he's also very fond of his brother. It seems he has a close family and parents who raised him right.

Pic with Wendy Harvey:

One other article re: Maui...

Context for you: Earlier in the day this writer had been in a group meditation session with some dude named Braco. She decided to compare who was more interesting to gaze at. Braco sucked and was a rip-off...

Celebrating the First Annual Gazing Day With Zac Efron and Braco

OK. Maybe I’m not giving Braco enough credit. It was miraculous that within an hour after my session at The Studio I’d sought, bought and squeezed myself into a jade-colored Calvin Klein sheath dress, off the clearance rack at Ross, grabbed a new tube of red lipstick from Longs and was on my way to the opening night of the Maui Film Festival—and a one-on-one interview with Zac Efron.

Honestly, at this point, Efron had won my gaze competition by default, but he would go on to earn it. Forbes “Celebrity 100” lister though he may be, he hustles for his stash. From a Wailea sunset photo shoot to a videotaped beach-view interview to another photo shoot to more interviews to a screening of an awkward clip-homage to his budding career and a final, even more awkward onscreen interview, set to the soundtrack of hyperventilating pre-teens.

Sure he’s cookie-cutter, but damn if he didn’t hold his own. Asked my silly, Pidgin-style questions, he was too trained and too clever to stray off topic but also seemed to genuinely mean well. His handshake was firm and his interest jovial, which gets a thumbs-up from me any day. And he posed for a MauiTime BUSTED! photo.

More than his gaze, I was fascinated by how he automatically, almost unconsciously stopped to spit out his gum and wipe his face before approaching the press. Or the way he’d flash a response in a very movie star way, but would otherwise cast his eyes down and to the side. When I observed him during other interviews and the same ol’ question was asked, there rippled under his Proactiv-perfect skin subtle signs of strain. That was most mesmerizing of all, so I decided he should win the non-gaze award, too.

Mood: pleasedpleased
24 24 comments Comment
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on June 28th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
i apologize in advance for the title. idk, it just happened.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on June 28th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)

bettybaby63bettybaby63 on June 28th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
awwww what a sweet write-up!

love how everyone has such positive things to say about him. and that's great he wanted to stay at the same hotel again, he obviously has great memories from last time.
zaccy23zaccy23 on June 28th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Ummmm what is wrong with me. I read that questions as "Did you hide in his room?" LMAO.
It's Audrey not Aubrey: AiW 2audrey_za on June 28th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to be OT
Zac got nominated for several wave 2 TCA categories:
(The TCA official site is currently broken?)

- Choice Male Hottie
- Choice Smile presented by Invisalign Teen... I CAN'T. LOL.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on June 28th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm sorry to be OT
yeah i was going to post it in a bit. spacing things out, lol.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on June 28th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm sorry to be OT
No worries! :D
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on June 28th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm sorry to be OT
"spacing things out"

pardon the pun. ;)
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Laughaudrey_za on June 28th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm sorry to be OT
I lol'ed. ;)
Shruti: Zac | Duncecalcified on June 28th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm sorry to be OT
He should win the second. Considering he's living proof of Invisalign's magic.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on June 28th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm sorry to be OT
That's why I kind of love it!
snowwhiteangsnowwhiteang on June 28th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this, it literally made me smile a mile wide to hear that people said such wonderful things about him :D
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on June 28th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
And now that I've read the actual articles, these are great!

It's still interesting (funny?) to me that people find Zac and other celebs to be 'so normal'. I'm not sure what hair-raising, over-the-top, terrible encounters people have heard or maybe experienced but I wonder what they're expecting? Divo attitude? Bad banners? A foul mouth? Perhaps it's not so much that anyone is expecting the worst out of him (or others), but there seems to be this awe-like perception attached to a celeb who possesses manners, isn't infamous for ___ attitude, etc. SHOCKER: Not all famous people are assholes.

Obviously, I enjoy hearing and reading praise of Zac's talent/character. I hope it is echoed throughout the entirety of his career.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on June 28th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
i guess with all the linsday, and brittneys of the world, most just assume all celebs are like that them...especially the younger ones?

thank god they aren't thouhg :)
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on June 28th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
It's an odd generalization about Hollywood- that people harbor massive attitudes, scandals are afoot (and that does happen) but like I said, it's not ALL celebs.

I'm making generalizations of course, but I moved here and was surprised to find far less cliche Hollywood attitude from its residents- both famous and non-famous.
Shruti: Van | Bluecalcified on June 28th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah I get fairly annoyed with that from a different perspective. Sometimes when people stan on ONTD, they assume their celeb is the ONLY REAL/NICE/GENUINE PERSON IN LA. Errybody else: fake ass bitch.

I just assume everyone is nice unless a. proven otherwise or b. if they have a stank face.
It's Audrey not Aubrey: NYLONaudrey_za on June 28th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
I just assume everyone is nice

That's what I was trying to get at! I'm just like 'Damn, is it naive to think people can just be... decent human beings?'

There's celebs I've met that I was pretty much feeling like 'Oh LORD, here we go...' because of x,y, or z (usually a mixture of my own assessment and media exposure about that individual). However, upon meeting and being in close quarters with them, I came out with a whole different perspective. I might not emerge a "fan" but dammit if someone is nice to me, screw what the media, fans, etc has to say about 'em.
Shruticalcified on June 28th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
lol that said: who have you meant who was a dick, jw jw jw
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Mandyaudrey_za on June 28th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Girl, PM.
butterflybee260: pic#93915158butterflybee260 on June 28th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)

Aww that's so nice from all of them. <3

Kinda on the same topic, Nikki mentioned Zac again as being a role model.

"Do you see any stand out celebrities now a days, now that you’re an adult, who you think are making a positive impact on kids today growing up?

I really have to say, and I don’t mean this in a funny way or anything, but I think one of my best friends is such a good role model for kids because he stayed true to himself. I’m talking about Zac [Efron]. I think he’s a really good role model and I think there area lot of great role models out there for kids right now, between Zac for guys. James Martin I think is a phenomenal role model; Michael Urie is an amazing role model. There are a lot of really great role models out there."

I shall know when you give me one.: [efrons] » pretty as a pictureactionvaughn on June 28th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
You probably saw it already cause well... you're you, but it made me ♥_♥

Meanwhile, in L.A., Zac Efron and his girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens feted the actress's father on his birthday at Morton's the Steakhouse in Bubank, Calif. The group shared lots of laughs over their dinner, which ended with a birthday cake and a "Happy Birthday" serenade. According to a source, "the group couldn't have been nicer."

bettybaby63bettybaby63 on June 29th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
supposedly its zac's dad's birthday today? anyone know for sure? maybe we'll find out about a similar "fete" :)
IceGoddess: will you just smile dirty little secretccmskatechick on June 29th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Super cute picture & nothing but love for the boy. Kind of, well no, absolutely adore all this. As I seem to say a lot, boy's a good egg :)
jessica3311: Leo/Kate/Martyjessica3311 on June 29th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
This blog post was all sorts of adorable & love the pic too <3