Zac Efron Talks Addiction With Bear Grylls: "You Need A Social Lubricant"
Actor opens up about his previous demons when filming show Running Wild with Bear Grylls...
The Bad Neighbours actor's confession came when filming show Running Wild with Bear Grylls, where the 26-year old told the TV adventurer that he struggled to get through the week.
In a clip obtained by The Mirror, Bear is seen asking Zac: "You can have some real challenges, and I know, you know, you were very honest about when you went to rehab and stuff. What kind of lead down that road?"Zac - who doesn't mention what exactly he was addicted to - replies: "The challenging part was never the work, you know, that was never it. It's sort of the inbetween.
"The social aspects outside of it, I mean everywhere you go to a certain extent, there is press of some form. I mean whether you're going out to an event, where you're supposed to be out with friends, there will be press there, if you are leaving your house to go to the grocery store, there will be press there."
He continues: "It can be everywhere, and it's, you know, it can be confusing. You spend a lot of time in your house going crazy, you know pretty soon you need a social lubricant.
"Once I needed that, it became to go anywhere. It was getting to the point where, er, I was caring less about the work and waiting more for the weekend you know what I mean, where I couldn't wait to go out. You know, and sort of let loose and have fun."Efron adds: "But then when Monday and Tuesday were difficult to get through, then I was like argh, this is bad.
"You know I just really never again want to have to take anything from the outside into me, to make me feel good about my outside."
The High School Musical hunk previously opened up about his battle with alcohol during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, where he explained: "I was drinking a lot, way too much.
"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."
Adding that attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings 'changed his life', Efron concluded: "I'm much more comfortable in my own skin. Things are so much easier now."