Zac Efron: I’d Be A Doctor In Another Life

Zac Efron: I’d Be A Doctor In Another Life

Zac Efron is all set to premiere his new flick, 17 Again, in April.

The 21-year-old actor recently sat down with French film website AlloCiné to dish on 17 Again, college plans and and how it feels to have older female fans. Check it:

On why he accepted the role of Mike O’Donnell: “I filmed this movie before “High School Musical 3”, and thought this character was an interesting challenge for me, cos the opposite of what I usually do. And playing the role of a mature man kind of forced me to grow up in some way, it made me realize what it’s like to be an adult in this world.”

On where he sees himself at age 37: “Honestly, I have no idea! I don’t even want to think about it. I don’t even know where I’ll be tomorrow, let alone in 20 years! I’m pretty sure I could be in lots of different places when I’ll be 37.”

On what he was doing when he was 17: “Yes. I was 17 or something like that during the first High School Musical. We were just getting started and I didn’t really know what people would think about this in the States, how they would react. Nobody was expecting such a huge success. Actually, going to high school was still very normal for me, no big deal. I was just a random student, like anybody else. Someone pretty average: I wasn’t a heartthrob at all, with all the girls falling for me, like in High School Musical 3. It’s really funny, cos back then, I was thinking I’d just go to college, and probably be a doctor!”

(Click inside for more of Zac‘s interview…)

On if he remembers being 17: “It’s funny, cos it feels like it was centuries ago! Thinking about all those years up until now actually makes me dizzy.”

On what type of student he was:” Well, I was a good student, with great grades, yeah. I’m very proud of it, because I was working really hard.”

On his college plans: “Right now, I clearly don’t have time to think about studying. Actually after High School Musical, I was thinking about going to USC in Los Angeles, and take some classes, something about cinema obviously. Some of my friends were studying there already, and I was really interested. But then, I had to postpone it for a year, then another year, etc. So now, I’m not sure about all this anymore… But, in some way, thanks to all the movies I filmed, I became a ‘special’ student.”

On the girls he went to high school with: “I wish! But well, while the other boys looked like models or were men already, I still looked like a little boy so girls weren’t even paying attention to me.”

On playing a 37-year-old man in a 17-year-old body: “Yeah, well, it wasn’t like I could use my experience obviously, so it was a big challenge. Fortunately, the director gave me a lot of advices, so it wasn’t that hard in the end. At least, for once I could play someone else than a 17 year old heartthrob!”

On co-starring with Matthew Perry: “I’ve always been a fan of Friends, so yeah, I knew who he was of course; but I didn’t know him personally, I had never met him. But it’s cool, I immediately knew he was a great guy, audacious and so hilarious, he’s fine.”

On working with Leslie Mann: “It was a real challenge indeed, and I had no idea whether or not we’d get along. But after 5 minutes chatting with Leslie Mann, I was completely hooked up! She’s really sweet and adorable, and she’s very funny. She’s also open-minded and frank, and not conceited at all. It was definitely lovely to work with her.”

On his female fans: “Well, the moms have been there from the very beginning actually! So I had some time to get used to it. Actually, it’s funny because sometimes, the moms are even more passionate than their daughters, and it’s a bit weird for me to think that grown-up women have a crush on me and love High School Musical.”

On his craziest premiere: “Well, movie premieres in general are always crazy. But I have to say that I’ve never seen so much passion than in Mexico recently [for High School Musical 3]. It really was a big deal! There were so many people that we couldn’t actually reach the main entry of the theater, so we had to use the doors in the back. That day, I actually saw a slight hint of panic in my bodyguards eyes, they didn’t know how to keep the situation under control.”

On trying to maintain a normal life: “True, but well I can’t complain, because it’s part of my job. I wanted what’s happening to me. You just have to seize the day and enjoy it, because one day the craziness will die down anyway. This is the life I’ve always wanted, I made my own destiny, I’ve been passionate and worked really hard to get what I have now. So today, I’m very happy about my life, there’s no way you’ll see me whining cos it’s a bit “complicated” for the moment.”

On his biggest ambition: “Definitely not being the most popular and famous guy in the world, but maybe becoming the best actor ever.”

On using his fame to get stuff: “No way! Abusing of your status will, sooner or later, end up being a bad thing. It’s the boomerang effect, you know… And anyway, even when I try to use it, it doesn’t work. It’s funny because the other day, at the LA premiere of High School Musical 3, I was late and couldn’t find a place to park my car. So I tried to go to the VIP parking, but the guard didn’t recognize me. I insisted, saying who I was, but he didn’t believe me and told me he already heard this before. Eventually, I found somewhere to park my car, but I had to pay! Incredible, right?”

On what he bought with his first paycheck: “Lots of video games!”

On if he plays the Wii:” I am! I love spending hours playing with my friends… And I also bought a new house in LA. But it’s not a big mansion, I don’t need to brag, I just wanted a place I could call ‘my home’, something comfy and cool, where I can invite friends and play video games.”

On new possible projects, Ohio and Footloose: “I don’t know anything really about Ohio. I think there’s indeed something happening, and Justin [Timberlake] is a part of it. I’m a big fan of him, so I can’t wait to hear more about it. About Footloose, I can’t give you any news, but it’s still in the works.

On if he Googles himself: “Yeah, it happens, especially when there are weird rumors about me. It depends on who writes those rumors, but it can be a huge deal sometimes, then people start calling me to know whether it’s true or not.. We’re really living a crazy time, and honestly, sometimes I’d be just fine without all the craziness.”

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  • rach

    good old zac:]

  • zanessa/jashley/ashnessa

    Oh..aha. Never know Zachary, you could become the most popular and famous guy in the world, and maybe becoming the best actor ever. :D Good luck in the future !!

  • Katty

    I love him. What is Ohio? I want to know!

  • joanne

    he’s a great guy

  • Noelle

    You are so sexy Zac Efron.

  • Adiaz

    love him

  • zanessafan86

    Love Zac. I can not wait to see 17 Again.

  • melissa. *

    lol. (: got to love him. <3

  • Zanessa.chick.lova

    I can’t wait to see his movie!
    GO ZAC!

  • betinhaah

    he’s so down to earth, you know! i loved it!

  • Lucy

    haha most of that is so mad up. For examle, he so did not drive himself to the LA premiere, there were pics of him and his family getting into a car outside his apartment, then there are pics of him and V by the limo before they drove round to the red carpet. This is clearly just a daft magazine making up stuff, as usual when they don’t get a good interview.

  • abigail

    zac is the BEST!!!

  • zanessa4everr

    i love zac! he’s so down to earth and humble!

  • vanessajonas

    lucy super negative of course, loser
    zac is the most down to earth person and i was at the premiere in mexico and he was so kind=)

  • yets

    Go Zac were here for you!!!!!

  • Lucy

    I wasn’t being negative you strange person, just pointing out that some of his answers are re-hashed from other interviews and partially made up. A standard practice for websites and mags in Europe, and I should know as I’m a journalist.

    I know full well Zac is a great guy, never said that he wasn’t. Just chill.

  • Chrys

    own..he’s so cute..
    love him !

  • aw

    That’s probably true Lucy. And I’m assuming it was also translated from French so that adds to how it sounds off.

    But either way he usually has good answers. Hope his film does well enough.

  • Martha

    he is adorkable. Can’t wait for 17 again!! Not long till the Sydney Premiere on the 11th!!

  • zane

    if this interview is really true. it’s interesting and good answers to all questions.

    it made me think that Vanessa is his first girlfriend …


    zac is awesome. he answers questions honeslty. zanessa forever! ♥♥♥

  • http://roadrunner Malee

    zac tries to avoid question that involves Vanessa…
    not saying it happened in here..
    but he was talking about HSM3
    then again it is his personal life..


    love him!!!

  • Kris

    lucy is right

  • Karla ^^!

    Love u Zac <3<3<3<3<3<3!!!!!!!!!

    You’re hot and sexy!

  • Joshua

    zup zac if u see this, i just what u to know that i admire u kuz u r a great pearson ok dont forget that they are people like me that admires you 4 who u are not 4 ur famouse part.
    peace and love

  • mech

    is not JUST a good looking guy.. you can see that everyday.. he’s a good person, he knows what he’s doing..

  • TitanicGirl

    poor zac, didnt get attention by the girls back in the days…He is so cute!!!x3

  • niki

    aaww zac is soo cute, haha he wasnt a heartthrobe before, wellllll look at u now zachary! HE IS SO HOT!<3333

  • djd

    He died in ER right?

  • no bother

    I agree with Lucy as well, i also dont think the dodgy translation helped either…..

    #22-How is HSM Zacs personal life? Its just a bunch of movies he has happened to work on,just like Hairspray,17and Me and Orson Welles. Its his job there is no difference between any of them!

  • mike

    the OHIO project they are talking about in case no one knows is a movie about the shootings at Kent state….i hope they film there since i live nearby….ahhhh would be fun!!!!

  • christine x3

    love him.

  • C.j.

    Oops sorry I just noticed he DID credit FanForum! The letters were so tiny… My bad.

  • athena

    It’s amazing that he’s sondown to earth with all this madness around him. And it’s good to know that he doesn’t take his celebrity for granted.

  • lower

    If any grown women had a crush on you, Zac, they dont have anymore. Robert stole them from you

  • lol

    “So today, I’m very happy about my life, there’s no way you’ll see me whining cos it’s a bit “complicated” for the moment.”

    Vanessa learn from your boyfriend. He seems to be more appreciative compared to her.

  • Katty

    I’m sorry, Lower, but I think Robert is butt ugly. Especially compared to Zac. It should be illegal for someone to be as hott as Zac it. Robert ruined the Twilight series, they could have found someone so much hotter to play him.
    I’ll give it to him, though, I Rob it a pretty good actor.
    I hope Zac gets a part in Ohio, and if they do film at Kent, I live like two hours away and can steal my mama’s car and go! Yay!

  • maria

    Katty, I’m with you….absolutely NOTHING appealing to me about RP. Yuck. He always looks stoned, and don’t like his looks……AT ALL.

  • Katty

    Robert is awkward, not hott. The only thing I like him in was Harry Potter, and he’s dead now, so whatever.
    I love Zac, and all his movies/t.v. shows. He really needs to cut his hair though, just a couple inches. Not shaving it off or anything.

  • Karen

    I’m another person who doesn’t find RP anything spectacular. And Lucy is right, Zac was picked up at his apartment with his parents and brother so I don’t know what that was all about nor do I think some of the questions are legit. But as has already been pointed out, there is the problems that come with translating one language to another.

  • vaughn

    Who are you kidding Zac driving his own car during the LA premier of HSM3 is ridiculous…..what happened to his handler, publicist and even Vanessa…..stuffed in the trunk of his car… must be killing me right????? This is one of a poor magazine bid to sell???

  • humm

    yeah… i don’t think this is real.

  • sjk

    #36 EWWW! You don’t speak for all older women. Trust me, Zac Efron has the looks, heart, and personality that give him an appeal to women. Robert Pattison? Are you serious? I think NOT!!

  • Melissa

    I don’t know how right this interview is.
    I doubt Zac considers himself a ‘teen heartthrob.’
    Although everyone knows he is, I don’t think he’s so stuck up to title himself that.

  • zanessa 4ever

    I love you zac!!!!

  • shaniece

    If you were a doctor I’d be in the hospital EVERYDAY!!!!

  • zac is a rat

    What a nice boyfriend Zac is getting a knock about Vanessa and being clever enough not to mention her by name. The knock is that he did’nt need to brag by buying a big house, Vanessa has never bragged about the size of her house if anything she’s kept quiet about it but just like Zac likes to call his house ‘ my home’ well that’s excatly what Vanessa house is to her.

    I don’t think there’s any chance of him and Vanessa ever getting married as he said in this his place is where he likes to invite HIS friends and play Video Games that’s a single’s pad if ever I heard a home described as that. He’s just using Vanessa until he get’s fed up and some other women catches his eye, good thing Vanessa has her own space and home and they have’nt shacked up together, leave him to it Vanessa and let him and his mates play games and no doubt brag about who their going to get into bed next.

  • nicole

    I agree with Lucy. Some of the stuff doesn’t sound like anything he’d say.

  • http://justjaredjr kadeisha

    i loove yooou zac and zanesa
    and your soooo sweet

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