Zac Efron is promoting his new film The Paperboy, which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Zac is featured on the cover of BlackBook Magazine with some furry friends for the October issue, and he opens up about his celebrity status, how he views himself as an actor, and why he chose Paperboy among his pick of scripts.
How he feels about being famous:
“Around the time Charlie St. Cloud came out I was confused, I wasn’t here for money; I didn’t need any more of it. I wasn’t here for fame; I wasn’t enjoying it. I was here for art.”
What he thinks of himself:
“As a man watching Zac Efron, I don’t necessarily like me yet. So how can I like Zac Efron? Maybe, if that guy shook things up, did what I didn’t expect him to do, if he wasn’t afraid to be a dick, if he wasn’t afraid to fall on his face, if he hung around long enough and did the grunt work, one day I might respect him.”
More from Zac plus a little video message from Zac from the photo shoot.
Why he chose to do The Paperboy:
He says it was an atypical project that involved risk, and he wanted to see ‘how deep the rabbit hole went’ and how “far he could push himself.”