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Zac Efron Wants To Pick Johnny Depp's Brain

Zac Efron Wants To Pick Johnny Depp's Brain

Check out this new hot photo shoot of Zac Efron from the new issue of EW. (The cover was revealed yesterday.) Here are some highlights from the interview:

On plotting his escape from the teen scene by transitioning from poster boy to Oscar contender: “I would love to just sit down and talk with Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp and pick their brains about their early careers. They do it because they love it, not because they enjoy being famous. You have to have good foresight and be really careful. If you don’t adapt and learn at a very young age, you can really mess up.”

On if he’s seen High School Musical 3: Senior Year: “I hope it’s better than the last one. (panics) I didn’t mean that the way it sounded!”

On getting paid to sing, dance and kiss his real-life girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens on the big screen: “After three movies together, Vanessa and I feel free to do whatever we want, and we’re just kind of silly and uninhibited. It felt like the best working vacation I’ve ever taken.”

To read the full cover article including how appendicitis nearly killed Zac, visit!

There’s also behind-the-scenes footage of the photo shoot at and, which also has a preview of Zac in Me & Orson Welles.

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Photos: Ben Watts for Entertainment Weekly
Posted to: Zac Efron

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  • girlleader1

    HOT HOT HOT!!!

  • Mia


  • zoe

    live him and zanessa

  • mike

    can we say sexy?

  • zoe

    i mean love him and zanessa

  • Paul

    that bike picture is awesome

  • grace

    hot hot hot.

    he is good looking

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    `wanna be an oscar contender – hsm’s over and over… ;i don’t think so, kid.

  • suzy

    He sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders and he knows what he is doing. He looks good in the pictures, Zac is growing up nicely.

  • viki_vikito

    :*:*:*:*:* love him and vanessa they are perfect to each other

  • naf naf

    omg .. he is soooo aweosme .. love you zac ^_^

  • angelika in poland

    POLAND Nowy Sącz

  • marie

    gorgeous as always! luv him ;)

  • emilie

    good interview aaaand he looks sooo handsome in these pictures
    well…he always does,but yaah:)

  • poppy

    He looks amazing, and such a good interview too. He is such a normal guy, he has a great head on his shoulders, I love that about him.

  • jj4ever

    when u think that this guy cant get hotter he does=]]]

  • hannah

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!
    When I met him I almost died he was so beautiful

  • zanessa/jashley

    Sexy, sexy, sexy….LOVE that picture of him getting put of the pool :D

  • http://justjared shamilah

    looking FREAKING HOT

  • http://justjared shamilah

    looking HOT AS ALWAYS

  • UM

    Oscar contender? He can’t act his way out of a box. No talent.

  • suzy
  • Malia

    I admire Zac for having a good head on his shoulders. He knows where he’s going in his career.

    And for those of you criticizing him for how he looked unhappy in the last pictures with Vanessa . . . it’s good to know the whole story before you jump to conclusions that every disgruntled look from them mean “dem broked up”.

  • Decio

    Love him :-)
    And Love this Photoshoot :-)

  • chrissy

    he is SO f-ing sexiy it’s ridiculous.

  • lilly

    And I want ZE to get lost for good!!!!

  • lilly

    Zack, get lost for good, please!!!!

  • lilly

    Zack, get lost for good!!!

  • Zanessa4ever

    GOD he is soooooooooooooo hot !!!!!

  • Linda

    he is so awesome

  • Jane

    #21 he has more talent than you could ever hope to have! So what if he got his break in HSM, it’s a huge world wide phenomenon! He has a great mind and knows what he wants, he’s not stupid and he is going to prove that in time. Even Johnny has done some weird movies in the past but he can do no wrong now, same with Leo! Zac has his own talent and he is going to go far with it, a whole bunch of people and directors have said how good he is, he is going to be amazing!

  • Linda

    Zanessa4ever u r right he is so hot

  • Lilly

    wow he is amazing! Can’t wait to see what’s next for him, he is such a smart and funny guy! Love him!

  • Linda

    Zac 4 ever

  • whatever

    really good interview!!! and the pictures are amazing so sexy!!!
    the interview is so down to earth and interessing…

  • Helena

    He’ll never have a career like Leo and Johnny. Leo and Johnny didn’t do shítty Disney films when they were younger (Depp, unfortunately may be doing the same old boring Pirates films NOW, though).

    He’s in his twenties, if he keeps doing High School Musical over and over again, he’ll get NO WHERE!

  • Wendy

    Thanks for video link Suzy! Love it when he skateboards! So hot!

  • Regina

    Notice how all the comments say that he’s ‘HOTTTT’ but never talented. That’s because he isn’t. He won’t be around in five years, just like all of the Disneys stars.

  • NJS

    I usually think that he looks dirty and/or gay but this is a nice photoshoot

  • Jennifer W.

    zac looks good and has grown up right infront of our eyes and i really think zac will go far and zac is very special and amazing. Zac will be 21 in 9 more days. :)

  • rosielee9

    Have to say that i one of the most relaxed interviews that Zac has done and he looked like he had a blast doing the photo shoot, it was lovely to see his smile and even though I’m not a teenager I can appreciate hotness when I see it and just have to say that these recent photo’s from the shoot are georgous of him especially like the one that Jared posted and the one of Zac getting out of the pool.

    I’m sure that if he keeps his thinking the way he does now he’ll be fine.

    I bet he was scared with that bloke as much for himself as Vanessa, fans like that can be really scary and it’s quiet understandable why Zac would look unhappy, but it was nice to know that he and Vanessa still managed to finish off the night on a lighter note.

    I just hope it does’nt put him off coming back to the UK, but I have to admit that kind of thing can turn nasty and as said unfortunetly one of the darker sides of being famous you never know who is hanging about and what they will do, it’s also no wonder Vanessa does’nt like being crowded she has good reason to, if you don’t like a celebraty that’s fine but to try and grab them and shout at them is totally uncalled for.

  • athena

    Hey Malia, thanks for that daily mail post. It was great to see that video and pics of Zac. I think he has a long career ahead of him. It seems like one of those actors from the 40′s era…very dapper, calm and cool. I can’t wait to see him on Kelly and Regis on the 22nd. Vanessa will be on Kelly and Regis on the 21st….Check your local ABC stations for the time.

  • poppy

    Wow Helena and Regina, its amazing how you always say the same thing. He is talented, so much so infact that he, and his co-stars, have led HSM to become a global phenomenon. I could sit here all day and name you a lot of people from Disney who have had amazing careers, and yes Johnny Depp is one as Pirates is a huge movie. You may not believe in Zac, but a lot of people see his potential, you can’t say where he will be in 5 or 10 years, no one knows that of their own lives, let alone someone elses. I heard he wants to go to USC, so perhaps he will take a break from acting and come back to it, but it will be on his terms and it will be his choice.

    Plus, there is no denying that he has good looks, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t talented, because he is, and he will prove it to people in time, as it is understandable that people such as you two, have not seen what he can do in other films such as Miracle Run, and MAOW.

    I for one don’t want him to have a career like Depp’s or Leo, I want him to make his own choices and carve his own path. If he emulates them, which he does as comparisons can be made, then that is truly great, but Zac is his own person, he is sensible and just a normal guy, and this interview shows that. I personally think he is amazing, and I’m sure a lot of other people see that too, the guy beyond the looks, his depth of character.

  • LARA


  • Malia

    #38 Regina @ 10/09/2008 at 11:08 am
    Well, it’s obvious you DID NOT read the EW interview and see the great things Richard Linklater and others in the business said about Zac.

    It pays to read, dear, you end up sounding like you know what you’re talking about.

  • katie90

    He’s TALENTED and HOT!!!!!!!
    So now doing a Disney movie automatically means you’re a bad actor? That’s soo know,I met a few people who really didn’t like Zac but still they said he was a good actor..and he actually is..And musicals in general are not children movies..Zac had the pleasure to work with John Travolta,Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken..great actors..doing is it really that childish? I don’t think so. Zac’s on the right road,he’s intelligent and he knows what he has to do to get out of the Troy Bolton etiquette and put himself out there for new intruguing roles. He really knows that and it’s up to him to find his way through Hollywood..he has a real talent so I wish him the best and I have faith in him and as long as he has support and love (especially from Vanessa) then he’s gonna be fine.

  • Regina

    Malia @ 10/09/2008 at 11:24 am – #45.

    It’s obvious YOU haven’t read the reviews. Variety loved the film, yet they said this about Efron: …Efron never feels like a proper fit for Richard. The handsome thesp is too self-possessed and sure of himself for a teenage interloper in the big time; he lacks uncertainty and self-doubt.”

  • Regina

    poppy @ 10/09/2008 at 11:18 am
    So because we have the same opinion, we’re the same person.

  • ClaireBabyGirl

    Lmao. Oscar contender? Try razzie contender.

  • zac lover

    I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. cant wait for hsm3!