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Article - Philippine Daily Inquirer 'The Lucky One'
Erica Paredes

With so many “it” girls and boys coming in and out of the scene, it takes a whole lot of talent, discipline and good people surrounding you to be more than just a flash in the pan. Growing up is difficult enough, so throwing in a few million pairs of eyes watching you do it sounds like a recipe for disaster.

So how did Zac Efron make it from “High School Musical” to his newest flick “The Lucky One,” and the first clothing endorsement ever for Penshoppe, all in one piece?

“I think you need to focus on keeping it about the work. I try and see my family as much as possible,” says Efron. “It’s very easy to become isolated in Los Angeles and once you’re alone in LA, I think that’s when bad things happen.”

Although the Penshoppe shoot took place in a $10 million bachelor pad more suited to the lifestyle of Entourage’s Vince Chase, Efron seems to have his feet more firmly planted on the ground. “Bottom line is that I’ve always known from day 1 that nothing can tear me away from acting,” says the actor, who recently voiced 13-year-old Ted in The Lorax, “and as long as I have what I love to do and good people around me, I think I’m pretty safe.”

He enjoys leaving town a lot to unwind, with hiking as his activity of choice, but he also has an adventurous side. “I recently went bungee jumping,” says Efron. He enjoys traveling a lot, and is now in Australia starting a worldwide press tour for “The Lucky One.”

And speaking of traveling, Efron says he can’t wait to finally visit the Philippines. “I’ve always wanted to go to the Philippines,” he says. “I’ve heard a lot about it from my dad, who has been there a lot, and I always get jealous of all the stories.”

Pinoys will be amused to know that Zac has not only tried and enjoyed adobo, but he’s actually cooked it himself. “I learned how to make chicken adobo,” he says proudly, “and I also like that purple stuff…”

He meant ube, and he apparently also enjoys halo-halo, which he finds delicious. Book your tickets, girls, because Zac plans to swim with the whale sharks, surf, and visit Cebu when he comes to the Philippines! “I’ve heard so much about the place, the food, the beaches,” he says, “I can’t wait to visit.”

“We are very happy and proud to be the first ever endorsement deal of Zac Efron in the world. The fact that he chose a 100 percent Filipino brand is something all Filipinos can be proud of as well,” says Bernie Liu, Chairman of Golden ABC, the company that owns Penshoppe.

Brand Director Alex Mendoza adds, “Zac Efron defines the all-new Penshoppe. From a small brand with very humble beginnings in Mandaue, Cebu, to being the first endorsement choice of a Hollywood A-lister, we have come a long way.”

Filipino friends

According to Efron, close Filipino family friends urged him to accept the endorsement.

“They told me it’s the best clothing brand in the Philippines. Penshoppe is a cool brand. I learned about how they started and their history. It’s an original Pinoy brand.”

“My style mixes great with Penshoppe’s. I’m very casual—a t-shirt-and-jeans kind of guy, and at the same time I want to look nice.” And nice and casual he did look during the interview in Penshoppe jeans, a simple camisa de chino-type shirt, and varsity jacket. He even handpicked a box of clothes from the shoot to bring home for personal use.

Efron has never had a clothing endorsement prior to this, and for someone of his level of celebrity to say yes to Penshoppe is a very big deal. He chooses his movie roles very carefully, and one can assume he does the same when choosing products he has to represent.

Efron says, “I want to make the type of movies that I want to see. I look at a character and I look for integrity.” He prefers to do roles where the character’s actions mirror what he wishes he could do in real life.

Unlike some young actors who come into their own and refuse to consider themselves role models, Efron understands that it comes with the package. “I don’t think being a role model ever goes away,” he says, “and a big part of it is just being yourself.” He adds that it’s not always easy, but keeping focused on what he wants to do helps him stay balanced.

A piece of advice from Zac to young people: “The most important thing you can do is find some creative outlet, some way to express yourself.” He identified with art and created a lot of it growing up. He says it helped him through high school.

He adds, “If people bully you or make fun of you, it’s probably because deep down they are jealous of what you are doing. I was about 12 when I did my first stage production in school. I knew it was fun and that I was doing something different.”

Although some people may have found his choice of school activity cheesy, he thought it was fun and creative and it made him happy. “At that time I didn’t think I would be doing it at this level, but I think that’s what happens when you are doing what you love—you raise the bar and continue to challenge yourself.”
 
 
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Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on April 14th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
Nice photoshoot pictures (:

Favorite Zac quote (probably this year): “If people bully you or make fun of you, it’s probably because deep down they are jealous of what you are doing." -Zac Efron
kleth on April 14th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
"Favorite Zac quote (probably this year): “If people bully you or make fun of you, it’s probably because deep down they are jealous of what you are doing." -Zac Efron"

He's way off on this one. He's confusing the online haters who revile him with bullies. The haters probably are resentful of the fact that he is beautiful, smart, talented, rich, famous, and the object of desire for millions of girls and their mothers. But bullies are different. Bullies pick on kids who are different in some way, but also who are weaker, either physically or psychologically. They are surely compensating for something, but their behavior is about dominance and power, not jealosy. No one bullies the captain of the football team, even if they do envy his success and status.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 14th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
i disagree on the point to an extent. yes fundamentally bullies do pick on people weaker than them, which is why they won't pick on the captain... unless he becomes marginalized in some way. this is a basic principle of survival. but i do think some, if not a majority of, bullies like to target people that they are jealous of, not just jealous of something specific someone is doing but jealous that that person doesn't put a priority on conformity or that they are successful despite being 'unpopular'.

but also i disagree because he said this long before the proliferation of such hateful sites and hateful twitters, etc.

and he was saying it about people who picked on him for doing theater. that is who is message is aimed at, kids picked on for doing what they like. so his point is valid if you consider the audience and intent.
countessm3countessm3 on April 14th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'm with Kleth.

When I was little, kids beat me up because I was sensitive and quiet and wouldn't hit back. For most of my early years I lived in terror: they would verbally assault me on the bus, and push and kick me and steal my shoes. I'd walk home barefoot and crying.

I was the "Piggy" in Lord of the Flies and if we were all on that island, I would've been the one they killed and whose head ended up on a stick. My parents held me back in kindergarden not because my grades were bad, but because the kids tormented me so horribly that they didn't want me growing up/progressing with them.

But you know, if I hadn't been beaten up and had my ass kicked and lived in fear, I wouldn't have retreated within myself, and it was this retreating within myself that led to me developing an imagination, for if terror and pain surrounded me on the inside, then happiness and joy could be found on the inside. So, I created worlds and people inside my head where I could be happy.

And that's why I'm a good writer, because years ago I had no other choice but to turn within.





Edited at 2012-04-14 10:03 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 14th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
i acknowledged kleth's point and ia to an extent like i said. but what zac is talking about is another facet or extension of primitive bullying and it is also valid, especially, imo, in teen years. so my point was that no, zac is not way off. for the situation he was describing, they were jealous and that thinking of that might give people strength to get through shit at school.
countessm3countessm3 on April 15th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they were jealous of Zac - if I were a dude, I'd be jealous of him too! But there is another form of bullying that is worse, because unlike bullying where jealousy is the motive, this bullying is about destroying the object because it is helpless and weak. It is pure sadism, and it runs through the heart of humanity.

Edited at 2012-04-15 01:24 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 15th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
I'm really confused because I've acknowledged twice that primitive bullying exists. Yet you keep bringing it up like I don't get that. So I must not be stating it clearly enough so I'll try again.

I do not disagree that there is a primitive form of bullying motivated solely by picking on the weakest.

I do disagree with Kleth's statement that Zac is way off on what he said.

I disagree because jealousy as a motive is an extension of primitive bullying. And personally, I think that is the more dominant motive in teenagers.

I also pointed out that Kleth's argument is problematic because Zac said this all along not just once he had online haters or was super mega famous and also because Kleth neglected the context of Zac's story and his audience.
kleth on April 15th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
"I also pointed out that Kleth's argument is problematic because Zac said this all along not just once he had online haters or was super mega famous and also because Kleth neglected the context of Zac's story and his audience."

We are both right. I was essentially commenting on his use of the term "bully". should have made an additional remark on the "or make fun of" part of his statement.

But I don't see teasing as an extension of primitive bullying. Remember, Zac has said that even his *friends* made fun of him for singing and dancing in theater. This form of social pressure comes from the primitive instinct to notice the different and nudge them back into conformity for the comfort and solidarity of the social group. The kids who made fun of Zac weren't jealous, they were apprehensive because he was straying from the social norms and conventions of their "community".

Zac was trying to do good - support the self-esteem of the persecuted - but he framed his statement in sociological terms. He should have just said "keep doing what you love to do, and when everyone grows up you may be far more successful, or at least happier, than the people who picked on you."
kleth on April 15th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
"This form of social pressure comes from the primitive instinct to notice the different and nudge them back into conformity for the comfort and solidarity of the social group."

Ha ha. Please note all the previous posts on this site regarding Z's hair, clothing choices, shoes, grooming, etc. etc. Come on, Zac, conform! Conform!
Nicole Millerkellycefron on April 14th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Interesting article and nice pics, I think his tattoo is becoming a selling point for a lot of his photoshoots recently. Also I was looking at that Men's Heath video and I don't think they photoshopped his arm all that much, they just caught it from a great angle.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on April 14th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
I think because Logan has tattoos in TLO, and his feather tattoo seems "manly" But that's just my take on it.
Nicole Millerkellycefron on April 14th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
I think your right, it puts a more "manly" stamp on his photos. Honestly I didn't really like it's position at first, but now that he's slimmed down it's look perfect where it is.
ensangoensango on April 14th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
WOWWW
Zac has revolutionized my hormones, lately. Thanks.
abigail80831abigail80831 on April 14th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
Haha these clothes legit looks like clothes Zac would REALLY wear. I like that.
abigail80831: pic#113712706abigail80831 on April 14th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
The article talks about him going there. Is there a set date or something for when he's going there?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 14th, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
no, not yet, i don't think.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 14th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
i like that a lot too btw... (i meant to reply sooner but, lol).
sheinhardtsheinhardt on April 14th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
Holy crap, those pictures. I think my favorite is the one in the striped shirt.

Also, I'm not sure if this is an unpopular opinion, but I'm not a big fan of his tattoo :/
abigail80831: pic#113712706abigail80831 on April 14th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
At first I didn't like it but I like it now.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 14th, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
i don't really like it but i'm not that big on tattoos in general, lol.
kleth on April 14th, 2012 06:48 am (UTC)
"Also, I'm not sure if this is an unpopular opinion, but I'm not a big fan of his tattoo"

The world is fiercely divided, as with the late-2010 beard. I oppose all tattoos, especially in his case. Marking up Zac Efron's body is like spraying graffiti on the Taj Mahal.
sheinhardtsheinhardt on April 14th, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
hahha great analogy, I approve!
ensangoensango on April 14th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
LOL

Amen sister
Sapphirasapphia on April 14th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
I like his tattoo with feathers SO much!
But I do not approve his YOLO tattoo.
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 14th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
i knew you'd like that one. i love it too.
Bee: Zac - GQ - Jumping on Car 1jeezbee on April 14th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
That shoot is better than I expected. The photographer seems to know the good angles of his face.

His hair looks good here too - he should have used that stylist for his promo tour.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on April 16th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
Still not here for the clothes, but I know what ~battles~ to fight and won't ever turn down a new ZE photo shoot. :)