In the June issue of ELLE, Zac Efron dishes on the first time he met Seth Rogen, whether or not he would go full-frontal for a film, how sobriety has changed his life and more.
Check out the highlights below:
The first time you met Seth Rogen you thought he was making fun of you. Why?
I was at a party. I was maybe 20. At the time, even a teenager’s opinion of me was pretty low. I wouldn’t say I was a fan of my work, you know? [Laughs] I went up and shook Seth’s hand. I was like, “You probably don’t know who I am. Or you hate me.” And he’s like, “Oh man. You’re gonna end up being a nice guy, aren’t you?” He expected me to be the cockiest asshole in the world.
Variety joked that you have a “one shirtless-scene-per-movie quota.” All kidding aside, contracts for actresses notoriously stipulate how much skin they’ll show. What are yours like?
I mean, I guess there’s a similar thing. [Laughs] Let’s just say I’m not opposed to any thing. But if you’re gonna pull your dick out, it’d better be for an Academy Award–winning movie.
Tell me about a time you realized your parents were human.
My parents love me in very different ways. But they checked every box. My dad always taught me to be driven. I was always the shortest kid at school. Always the worst kid on the team. I’d come home after practice and my dad would build a basketball hoop. Then we’d go out and shoot 100 free throws. Pretty soon every time I got fouled I would make my free throws.
How has being sober changed your life?
What I found is structure. That led me to a balance of opposites: You get out of life what you put in. There was a moment when my morning routine was, like, Get up and Google yourself. But that stopped, dramatically and instantly, probably three years ago. I realized that viewing yourself through other people’s pictures is not living your own life. I wasn’t really being myself. A lot of my hobbies had gone out the window. I couldn’t skateboard or surf for fear of being followed. Crossing the line of fear is what leads to greatness.