Zac Efron: Nylon's November Cover Guy

Zac Efron: Nylon's November Cover Guy

Zac Efron shows off his short hairstyle on the November 2009 cover of Nylon Guys magazine.

The 21-year-old actor dished to the mag about making a record, seeing his face on a lunch box and watching his latest film, Me & Orson Welles, all the way through. Check it:

On not skipping out on a showing of Me and Orson Welles: “It’s the first time I’ve ever watched a movie [that I’m in] and in the end I’m like, ‘OK! I didn’t check my watch once!’”

On growing up musically inclined: “I was constantly singing. I would hear things on the radio and just be able to spit them out instantly, with perfect memorization and tone. It wasn’t like I took pride in it; there was no effort. My parents were like ‘Shut up. Please stop singing. It’s annoying.’”

On whether celebrity albums are necessary: “If anyone asked themselves that, then we wouldn’t have the crap we are listening to today. If your heart’s not in it, don’t do it. And don’t do it for money. That’s my philosophy.”

On his Disney fame: “I try not to look at all of it. You can’t enjoy or celebrate it; it’s not a real thing. The face on the lunchbox and s— —you can’t share that with your friends.”

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  • Lipi Katiha

    Cutie Zac Efron!

  • Carol


  • Caron

    Oh yum:P

  • Calee



  • may

    love him (L) and vanessa

  • Ashley

    I love him.
    Do you ever wonder if he’s insulting his friends when he talks about why he never did an album? I mean Vanessa, Ashley, and Corbin all did and he just said that the music was crap on the radio. I mean maybe he didn’t mean them specifically but I’ve always wondered about that.

  • amy


  • svenja**

    I love him but seriously that picture sux.. anyway <3 Zac

  • Jo

    He’s sounding so arrogant nowadays. It’s a major turn OFF!

  • peggy

    He looks way to young in this pixz JMO

  • taylor

    He sort of sounds like a jerk in that interview.

  • be4 the sit

    Ashley ; kinda agree

  • nikki

    omgomgogm zacc<3333!! im ssooo getting that!!!!!!!!!!!! yummm

  • tena

    People read into things why to much and he didnt sound like a jerk in this he was just been honest and he didnt say anthing bad about anyone or made himself look of high an mighty.

  • gaby

    i LOVE this kid.
    i love that he’s breaking his disney image.

  • brad

    you do know people mix up words in interviews to make celebs sound worse. DO YOU REALLY THINK ZAC IS A IRROGANT AND MEAN PERSON!!!! ZACC EFRON???
    no hes a sweet guy! :) i love him

  • brad

    zac efron is sexxxy!

  • lilly

    I don’t think that he sounds arrogant or like a jerk at all. As far as an album, he’s said in the past that he didn’t feel that he had anything to offer by doing an album, and that he wanted to focus on acting.

    The other pictures on the magazine web site are really cute too.

    So where can I buy this magazine?

  • Karen

    Ashley & be4 the sit:

    Why must you try to find something to pick at. He has said in the past how he loves to listen to Vanessa sing and how good she is at it. He has also talked about—when they were doing promotions for HSM3 in London—how he had been able to listen to some of Corbin’s CD that he was at that time working on and how good it was… SO, don’t try to read something into what he said that would be bad. I can clearly see what he means. Let’s think about “Heidi” and people like that which do musical CD’s for the money and to get noticed but have no musical talent of knowledge whatsoever. Why are people always so quick to try to find fault with someone? He’s simply saying there as SOME who have no business making a CD—it doesn’t mean he is referring to people like Ashley, Corbin, or Vanessa for crying out loud!

    And Taylor you always are saying something negative. I just wish people could and would remember some of the posters who do this and give them no time at all in what they say on these sites. And the lunchbox thing is just a way of playing down all the hoopla about himself. He is trying to expressed in a way—which apparently is not OK with some—that he isn’t buying into all that stuff like it makes him better or more important to his friends—like they should take him more seriously because he can say “Hey, you need to take notice of me because I am on a lunchbox!”

    I wish some of you could use your brain first instead of being ready to find something wrong with what someone said or because someone didn’t express something the way YOU would have wanted them to.

  • justine

    HOW DOES ZAC EFRON SOUND MEAN!?!?!?!?! hes an honest person and AMAZING!!!!!!! he is so sweet and so sexxxy :D so back off, im so in love with him!<3

  • Elsewhere

    I agree with Ashley and Jo.It’s not people reading into things cause he’s said these things before. When dose the full article come out.For some odd reason i want to read the hole thing.

  • Jlene

    I liked the interview, he shoots it straight from the hip. The fact of the matter is, he’s right about the album making, Disney gives you a record contract upon signing up with them, let’s be real some of the kids can’t sing to save their souls and are just doing it for money not because their hearts are in it and that’s the bottom line.
    Zac is also growing up and he really wants to shed the Disney image although they still got a hold on him, that’s pittyfull, what will it take for him to leave Disney? hopefully the MEOW movie will make it or break it, his acting is similar and he hasn’t really changed from HSM, 17 again and MEOW same Zac different movies, he hasn’t really stretched out yet so as far as I’m concerned his acting abilities still momo, so he’s stuck, at least he got his great looks.


    OMG! SOOOOOOO HOT. THE BEST. I love HIM < 3333
    better than Robert Pattinson!

  • Ich
  • birdie

    Question-Is this a different magazine than “Nylon”? Anyways,I liked the
    interview. He’s very honest and I actually agree with his statement about celebrities putting out an album, As always some people here
    didn’t read his entire statement. He was trying to say be true to yourself and put out music because you love it, not for money. I honestly think all his friends love music and put it out for the right reasons.

  • Aninh@

    he is amazim guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU ZAC EFRON

  • taylor

    @Karen: I actually rarely ever comment on Zac threads so I don’t know how ‘always say something negative’ You’re probably thinking of someone else. I’m sorry though, you’re right I probably am reading too much into this. I just don’t think he should speak so negatively of the thing that made him famous.

  • Karen


    It is great you love this song but it is not about Zac and should not be on this thread.

  • i love vanessa

    I love Zac and i love that picture ;)
    But what is everyone on about, Zac is the sweetest person ever !

  • Jess!


  • Lauren

    he didnt sound like a jerk; although, disney did make a mountain out of hsm but that was just to drive money out of the merchandise – but i just dont think he should say anything bad about them because they did give him success…it amy have took him years before he became an household name – as for his acting, i think he can succeed in anything…hes not cheesy, well he wasn’t in hairspray or 1

  • Lauren

    he didnt sound like a jerk – hes just saying what he thinks – although, i dont think he should say bad things about disney, i can understand what hes saying, its just that they did give him the start he needed, cos it would have took years for him to become an household name like he is,,,,and hes a good actor, hes not cheesy, you can believe that hes the character that hes portraying which is the key to any good actor!
    and for the comment on music, as soon as i read it i didnt think hes talking about such people as ashley tisdale or vanessa, because ashley was doing music as long as she was doing acting – i think hes just talking about people such as brooke hogan or heidi montag…because lets face it they’re definately doing it because of the money and fame…especially heidi

    hes cool and i wish him the best of luck

  • pink sugar

    Zac looks hot.

    Before people make judgements, read the actual interview more than once.

  • Lauren

    jjj you can delete my first comment…i made a mistake and had to right it again…the longer comment can be saved..thanks sorry

  • pink sugar


    I don’t think he was speaking negatively for he is right that level of fame is not real. It’s a fantasy. How can he talk to friends back home about seeing yourself being marketed as a product. People are not really interest in as person but only as a fantasy that is something his friends who are his age may not understand.

  • Katty

    He didn’t sound like a jerk, or arrogant! He was saying what he feels, and telling the truth.
    He wasn’t talking about his friends on that music question, he was talking about these people who are making music just for the money, or to get an award, and stuff like that. Not Vanessa, Ashley, or Corbin. He means people like Heidi, people whose heart isn’t in it for the music.
    I do think he is having a hard time dealing with the Disney fame, though. But, I also think he’s thankful for it, because if he didn’t get it, he wouldn’t be as well known as he is now, or have done the movie he has. I just think he wants to be known as a great actor, not Troy Bolton. He wants to build on it, not keep it at that level because that it what is working for him. He wants to do more serious parts, which he is, and he has the recognize that in himself.
    Lookin’ good Zac, I don’t think I’ll be able to buy the mag, but I’m def going to see the movie, I already got money put aside!

  • Julia


  • LILA

    He should realy be grateful to Disney to have put him on the radar

  • Jlene

    @Katty: Boy, you said it way better than I did, Thank You Katty.

  • Karen


    I don’t see that he is talking negatively about Disney. The MOVIE HSM was what made him famous from Disney—not because he released a CD. He did a musical and thus there was a CD SOUNDTRACK. Even Mel Gibson sang on a soundtrack but you don’t see him doing a musical CD. So I don’t see how what Zac said sounds like he is biting the hand that “fed” him.

    Even Corbin himself has said something similar about releasing anymore CD’s. He said something to the effect he didn’t want to do another CD that he wasn’t totally into felt strongly about. And I wouldn’t for a minute feel that Corbin is bad mouthing Disney. Plus, Disney’s HR really failed to promote Corbin and Vanessa in their CD’s. These two did everything they were expected to do but it was HR which is associated with Disney that let them down.

  • pink sugar

    Maybe you need to read it again.

    Just because he doesn’t present himself a marketing product does make him ungrateful.

  • rock_chic_chick

    he sounds like a complete jerk. he should be frickin thankful that disney hired him without disney he wouldnt be where he is today.

    i love the fact he is swearing more in order to try and appear more grown up. wont be long til his career is over.

  • sheila

    i have to agree with the people who say that he is not dissing disney. what i think he is meaning by his comment is that the whole ‘face on the lunchbox’ stuff is part of the disney machine. i think he is actually being fairly humble because he is saying it is not actually about him at all but how well disney markets the product, which happens to be his character and the high school musical phenomenon. he is not taking credit for it in the slightest. i think the kind of thing he would celebrate with his friends is a great review of a role he did by a critic he really respects or perhaps landing a role with a director he really wanted to work with. those things are about his abilities, not just whether he is a marketable product.

  • London Lemming

    Zac did not mention any names so back off with the insinuations. Zac seems to be a straight forward guy…if he thought someones album was rubbish I am sure he would say so.

    For those who think Zac is a jerk or arrogant or whatever the lame comments were.Grow up. For most of his career in the public eye he has been with Disney who lets face it are big on all things nice and fluffy.theres no way they would condone swearing. I have a feeling there will be a lot more interviews like this,as I feel this is the REAL Zac and not the censored good little disney boy we have seen in the past.

  • Jordan

    Awww. He’s looking so cute :) just wanta grab him and eat him up :)

    BUt I will say that is not my favorite shirt

  • marie

    hot hot hot!

  • ah

    For those of you commenting negatively about what Zac said about his “Disney fame”: Read his comments more carefully before attacking him. He’s not talking about his personal experience with Disney or HSM. He’s referring to the excessive marketing/appearance of his image on so many items like toys, lunch boxes, pillows, etc. What he said demonstrates that he’s trying to stay grounded and humble, not arrogant. Haters will always find a way to twist someone’s words.

  • pink sugar


    Your career will be over before Zac’s.

  • justine

    how is he a jerk!!! read it over again!!!!!!
    I LOVE ZAC!! zzac is ssooooooo HHOOOOTTTTTTTTTTT<333333!!!! my favorite celeb!!!<33 :)

  • nikki



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