High School Musical star Zac Efron is taking his craft [as an actor] seriously by tackling new challenging roles in directors Burr Steers’ 17 Again and Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles. Pixer Peggy Sirota shoots Efron for GQ May 2009 issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday and Efron’s 17 Again rolls into theaters on Friday, April 17. Here are excerpts from Efron’s telling interview:
On being part of community theater: It was the worst possible thing you could do in high school. Kids who are in musical theater tend to be self-confident in a quirky kind of way, and when kids who are really self-conscious see somebody doing that kind of thing, they try to bring them down. I used to do random things, man. When I was a kid? I dyed my hair silver, to look like Sisqó in the ‘Thong Song’ video. I just didn’t give a f—. I didn’t care.
On why he tackled 17 Again role: It’s very transitional, y’know? I didn’t wanna alienate the fans that had been around for so long. The fans, who’ve been around for so many years.
On false news that he wears false eyelashes: If somebody can find any photo that shows me wearing false eyelashes, I will give them a f—ing million dollars. That’s bulls—. (pauses) You know what, dude? A couple of times, when I was young, and I didn’t know what the f*** I was doing—it’s just what happens. Somebody’s there, and it’s their job. And they load you up with makeup. They don’t do the girlie thing, but they, y’know, cover your zits. It didn’t come from a self-conscious place—it was just what everyone did. And since then, people just constantly think I’m wearing makeup. It’s a recurring theme. But f***, man. I have never worn false eyelashes in my entire life. (blinks a couple of times) That’s all me.”
On stupid reports that he’s getting married: That was such bull***. I’m definitely not getting married. In this business, you’re either getting married or they want you to be pregnant. I’m not getting married until I’m 40. If ever. The thought never crossed my mind.
On show-business: It’s crazy, all the stuff that happens down there. It’s the American dream. I mean, it’s beautiful. But it’s so f—ed up. Up here, everything’s green. And down there, it’s crazy.
You can read the full article @ GQ.com.