Zac Efron looks cute in a suit on the cover of November’s Backstage magazine. In the interview – he talks about his career and being in The Paperboy. The almost 25-year-old shows he doesn’t have an ego.
He says, “I might not be the greatest actor, but I walk in to every project willing to work hard. There are a lot of people who can slide on talent their whole lives; they’re just naturally gifted. I’ve never considered myself one of those people. I enjoy outworking the opposition.”
As for playing Jack Jansen in The Paperboy – he admits he didn’t understand the character.
“It’s crucial for me to be finding roles that I don’t necessarily have the answers to. I’m proud to say I was courageous enough to step into a part I didn’t fully understand and followed my director blindly.”
What will fans see next of Zac? He’ll be in the small budget film At Any Price with Dennis Quaid.
He says, “The theme of the movie is get big or get out. That’s sort of the way I describe how a lot of people in Hollywood approach their careers—take the bigger movie for more money that people will see. Take the franchise, the part in your wheelhouse. But that’s not my goal. Instead of get big or get out, my goal is to get good and stay.”
He adds, “It’s not that I’m opposed to doing a big-budget action movie. But it has to be the right project. I don’t know that I’ve earned the right to hold a gun, if that makes sense. I need to pay my dues.”