Zac Efron Opens Up About Struggles With Drink And Drugs
The 'Bad Neighbours' star admitted he was drinking "way too much"...
Zac Efron has opened up about the drink and drugs problems that saw him go to rehab last year.
"I was drinking a lot, way too much," he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, acknowledging there were also drugs involved. "It's never one specific thing. I mean, you're in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you. I wouldn't take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interesting journey, to say the least.”
The star, who shot to fame as a teenager in Disney Channel film High School Musical, also spoke out about an incident earlier this year where he was hit in the face while stopping his car in downtown LA, which he called: "The most terrifying moment in my life."
“I had a friend come pick me up late at night - we were looking for a place downtown to get a bite and catch up. We were having trouble finding somewhere...and the car ran out of gas off the 110. It was ridiculous. We had to pull over, and I called Uber [car service]."
"A homeless guy, or vagrant, tapped on the driver's-side window. Before I knew it, [my friend] was out of the car, and they started fighting. I saw that [the homeless man] was carrying some sort of a knife, or shank, and I got out of the car to disarm him. At some point, he dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face - and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight."
Zac, who earlier this month won an MTV Movie Award for Best Shirtless Performance, also revealed in the interview that he’s no longer in touch with former girlfriend and High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens, although he called her a “really interesting, sweet person."
Reflecting on his early success, he added: "When you have success young, and you accept the good things, you have to accept all of it. You have to accept the moments of glory but also a great responsibility. And that responsibility, to some degree, involves being a role model. At the same time, I'm a human being, and I've made a lot of mistakes. I've learned from each one."