Zac Efron isn’t graduating from East High until May, but the 20-year-old star is already enrolled in a masters program for continued education…from none other than the director of “Citizen Kane.”
“I leave for London in a few days,” Efron excitedly revealed of his schedule for “Orson Welles and Me,” a new movie in which he will play a teen who gets caught up in the rise of Wells’ Mercury Theater. “He gets swept into this amazing adventure and in a way becomes Orson Welles’ protégé. It’s just a very, very fun coming-of-age story.”
It’s a story that somewhat mirrors Efron’s own meteoric rise through super-stardom, from teen heartthrob in the popular but “cheesy” “High School Musical” series, to what he hopes will be a career as a more serious actor, he revealed.
“It’s a completely different project than I’ve ever done before,” Efron teased. “Gosh, I would say, that’s the main reason I’m looking forward to doing [it]. It’s just a side I’ve never really shown before. I think it’s going to be a lot of color in this movie. A lot of things you haven’t seen before, hopefully. I’m crossing my fingers, anyway.”
But while Efron will soon sit at the feet of one of cinema’s greatest ever artists (or, at least a reasonable facsimile, anyway), the boy who sent a thousand teenage hearts a twitter says the person he’d really like to get career advice from isn’t actually that much older. Remember when the King of the World had pimples?
“I think someone who’s made very wise choices is Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s kind of my definition of teen star because when I was growing up his face was everywhere,” Efron gushed. “I think since then he’s developed an incredible body of work. If there’s anyone I’d like to emulate it’s him.”
Do you buy Efron as a more serious actor? What do you think of “Me and Orson Welles”? Sound off below.
User comment: By: LeeShiii totally LOVE Zac Efron!!! He is so hot!!!
User comment: By: AngelinaI like Zac Efron alot not in a screaming fan girl way ut i like him as person. And although I´m from Germany I know about his older movies where he was younger and he had more serious roles there so why shouldn´t he do stuff like this again... maybe after some "serious" movies some of the haters see the thruth... that he has talent and that the haters just don´t like him because all the girls find him attreactive... i think the haters are such people who look ugly and who don´t get girlfriends... but enough about the haters... GO FOR IT ZAC!!! (and please look out for V because nobody wants her to end like brittney (poor thing it´s all the paparazzis and her moms blame)) over and out...
User comment: By: poppyZac will be around for a long time to come, and he will prove he is one of the best yound actors around. He has done many things before hsm, and he will do many more things after. Just watch this space, he will prove to everyone that he has what it takes to make it.
User comment: By: KrisSo I don't understand why people are so rude to call zac "gayfron" and a "talentless wanna-be" because first off he's not gay and second i dont see how he can be classified as a talentless wanna be when he obviously has talent if he is being casted for all these films...but anyway I think Zac is amazing and a gorgeous and very talented actor! I LOVE ZAC EFRON!!!
User comment: By: VivAh yes, the time is nigh when we will see the last of this talentless wanna-be. I cherish the thought. Serious actor? Right.
User comment: By: CANok, stan. What the ehll r u talking about a beard. you must be high on something, and also gayfron is serouisly over used. try to think of something else. anyways for the question, yes i do believe Zac can grow into a more of a serious actor and hopedully this is the start.
User comment: By: stanGayfron needs to get rid of that beard of his. We all know, buddy.
Visit here to subscribe to these commentsUser comment: By: Kristina zac efronI love zac efron hes the best person i know i dont love him as a bf but as a brother or a dad. i know i'm only 12 but i do love him hope he reads these. I LOVE U ZAC EFRON