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Zac Efron: Becoming An Adult Star Was All About Following My Heart

Sat, April 20, 2013 12:00pm EDT by Emily Longeretta Add first Comment

Zac went from ‘High School Musical’ heart-throb to serious actor, and he told exclusively how he overcame challenges along the way.

The Cinema Society & Bally hosted a star-studded screening of Sony Pictures Classics’ At Any Price on April 18, where we talked to Zac Efron about how much he’s grown up over the years — and what he thinks about Fifty Shades of Grey!

Zac Efron: From Dancing Teen To Sexy Star

Zac’s always been sexy, but we’ve really seen the 25-year-old grow up in front of our eyes — and it’s been a pretty nice show. However, Zac told us it was a challenge for him as he got older, having to pick and choose which roles he should and shouldn’t take on.

After crooning his way into our hearts in High School Musical and Hairspray, he wanted to ditch the song-and-dance act. That’s why he decided to drop out of the remake of Footloose.

“It’s really about … following your heart, and really going for projects that mean something to you,” Zac told us about his growing career.

However, Zac is still grateful for that breakout role in the HSM franchise.

“Here’s the one thing about High School Musical that a lot people forget or don’t realize: It affected a lot of people,” he recently told Flaunt magazine. “Its resonance, culturally, was massive; and at the same time, it was — in every sense of it — the luckiest break in the world.”

Zac Efron Talks ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Movie

For now, Zac says he’s focusing on the future.

“The most important is choosing [the right] roles,” he told us.

So, could the leading man in Fifty Shades of Grey be one of those roles? Don’t count on it.

“Are they coming out [with a movie]?” Zac asked, seemingly baffled.

Zac assured us he’s never read the best-selling erotic novel, but we wouldn’t exactly be bummed to see him in another sexy role. (You remember that sex scene in The Lucky One, right?)

Tell us, HollywoodLifers, do you think Zac is making the right career move by taking on more serious roles?

— Emily Longeretta

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