11th March 2009, 17:30 WST
Hollywood star Zac Efron has delighted hundreds of young fans as he walked the red carpet for the Australian premiere of his latest movie 17 Again.
Female fans cried and screamed out as the 21-year-old spent almost an hour signing autographs and posing for photos at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney.
The High School Musical star has been to the country three times in the past year and a half and said he loved his visits. “I have a great time whenever I come here,” Efron said. “It’s amazing weather, fantastic fans, there’s so many familiar faces.
“I recognise like half of these girls from previous premieres.”
Efron said he wished he could have brought his girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens with him.
But he was delighted that US country star Taylor Swift, 19, who’s touring the country, could make it to the premiere. "She’s a lovely, lovely girl,” he said.
Efron has become one of the hottest stars in Hollywood thanks to his roles in High School Musical 1, 2 and 3 as well as Hairspray. In 17 Again, Efron plays Mike O’Donnell, a disillusioned 30-year-old about to be divorced who is transformed back to being 17. Matthew Perry plays his older version.
He said it was difficult to compare his previous films to 17 Again.
“It’s hard to compare,” he said. “I’m flattered that anybody at all showed up to this premiere tonight, very flattered.”
A raft of Australian celebrities also walked the red carpet including Miss Universe Australia Laura Dundovic.
17 Again will be released around Australia on April 9.
some fan pics:
^Yes that is a wedding dress and yes she did have a sign asking zefron to marry her. lol. Aurosan you need to show up to a NYC event for zef in a wedding dress.
^first thoughts, his hair doesn't look too flat, A+++. Tie not sure about, will wait for HQs.
hot30 twitpic'd or something:
I'll do an HQ post tomorrow sometime once they get uploaded.
1, 2, 3, fanpics thanks to audrey_za