Zac Efron may be making the leap from teen-dream to grown-up movie star with this weekend’s release of “17 Again,” but don’t expect him to cut loose any time soon.
The 21-year-old star told GQ’s May 2009 issue that although he enjoys having alcohol in private with pals, he has no plans to put his partying on parade.
“It’s common sense. If you’re gonna be drunk with your friends, don’t get wasted at the Chateau Marmont and hook up with some famous chick,” he told the mag. “It’s not rocket science.”
“I don’t want to be famous for my personality,” Efron continued. “If anything, I keep that under wraps.”
While Efron keeps his private life private, he opened up, just a little, about his romantic life, if only to shoot down rumors he and girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens have marriage on the mind.
“That was such bulls***,” he said of recent nuptial rumors. “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.
“Maybe not 40. Maybe not until I’m 30,” he quickly corrected himself.
In the meantime, Efron is content to be an acting star, something he said he didn’t expect when he was younger.
“That was the one thing I wasn’t prepared for. This wasn’t supposed to work, y’know?” he noted. “There’s 150 guys that are just like me, except more talented, and they probably deserve to be out here. It’s a fluke.”
And maybe because Efron considers his success “a fluke,” he’s sought out advice from his elder peers, like 34-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio.
“I thought I was gonna ask him questions,” Efron said of their meeting. “He ended up asking me questions, and in that, he told me a lot. He said, ‘There’s one way that you can really f*** this all up. Just do heroin. If you steer clear of that — the other obstacles you’ll be able to navigate.’ And that makes sense, dude.”