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Zac Efron: Slicked Back Boy

Zac Efron: Slicked Back Boy

Zac Efron has all the right moves with his sleek, slicked-back hair in the April 2009 issue of Elle.

His 17 Again costar Leslie Mann, 36, tells the mag of Zac, 21, “It was hard not to be a lady cougar around him. One day during rehearsals, I was leaving, and Zac said, ‘What’s your phone number so I can call your daughter on her birthday.’ I gave it to him, and he turned to the director and said, ‘See, I told you I would get it.’ (laughs) He’s such a woman’s fantasy, especially for someone with an Oedipus complex.”

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110 Responses to “Zac Efron: Slicked Back Boy”

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  1. 76
    kami Says:

    he should just be himself and not try to be something he’s not.

  2. 77
    ~The Observer~ Says:

    Sorry, but when you are in a relationship, it’d probably be best if you kept some “compliments” to yourself.
    I use to be extremely friendly with men and women equally. I wasn’t trying to be flirty but it was brought to my attention that I was coming across as somebody who was a flirt. It was offending the person in my life and made them feel like they didn’t matter. I didn’t mean it-it was just my way of being nice.
    Sometimes, you really need to think about what you’re going to say, how it’s going to be perceived, and who it might hurt or offend.
    If your comments are controversial, then maybe you need to evaluate what you’re doing and how to make the necessary changes so you don’t offend anybody.

  3. 78
    Karen Says:

    You know the old saying? You can’t please all the people all the time, etc. Well, I can guarantee that no matter what Zac Efron says particularly at this time in his life and career that someone will find something wrong with it. People are excessively critical of him. He is an adult but he is a YOUNG adult who is trying to find his way in this world and he is under a microscope. He can’t hope to please everyone considering the amount of attention he gets. This is totally unfair. Plus, what one person thinks is insensitive another person may feel differently. Some people walk around with their heart on their sleeve as the old saying used to go and some people are insecure and petty and no matter how you would try to think about their feelings they will not be satisfied. Yes, the best thing for Zac is to be himself but there will be those who don’t like that.

    By the way, if we all could hear and watch Zac do this same interview instead of just reading it, there might be a big change in how people would feel about it. It is definitely way overblown

  4. 79
    Karen Says:

    Also, is it just me or does it seem that after the accolades Zac and Vanessa got on the red—actually it was yellow—carpet just a few nights ago at the Watchmen premiere that now there is a push or urgency to make him look less than wonderful? Could it be that now there is a need by some to make him look less than perfect because some people think that if you are the “darling” or “sweetheart” then it makes you boring? SO, if there is more controversy surrounding you then you are more interesting. I’m afraid that is how the machinery seems to work in Hollywood so you can just rack me up there as a little cynical when it comes to some of the PR ploys of Lalaland.

  5. 80
    For Real Says:

    I just received a red alert email that there is some discontent in Efron blog land. Because of the Elle interview?

    Fear not you faint of heart.

    Mr. Efron has put on his marketing hat and is promoting his film “17 Again.” As the star of this motion picture, bringing in viewers is part of his job.

    He gets paid to do so.

    He may be a mere 21, but, Efron is clever at endorsing his projects. And he does so with a blithe, self-effacing sense of humor. He is never swayed by how blog aficionados or pessimists perceive him.

    Look how well he marketed Hairspray—so well, in fact, that a plethora of his costar’s young fans actually believed he had discarded his long-time love and taken up with his female costar.

    Fortunately for Mr. Efron, his indisputable girlfriend, Ms Hudgens, works in the motion picture industry, too. She is behind him one-hundred percent in his promotional duties. At the end of the day when Mr. Efron takes off his marketing hat, he lives in a real world—a world in which Ms. Hudgens is a very significant part.

    And, yes, the two of them (and their families) are sharing a good many laughs over the fan-sites and misanthrope hype about his being a ladies man.

  6. 81
    sheila Says:

    the only think i have to say about the article is that it painted a somewhat one dimensional view of him (regardless of how the comments get perceived or analyzed). as someone who’s been a fan of his for awhile, the article ended up painting him as a bit shallow and that is definitely not him. it was a little disappointing, imo. he may have had tons more to say in the actual interview and they may have talked about a wide range of topics, but that didn’t come out.

    what came across is that leslie mann got all cougarish around him, he thinks ashton kutcher has got a good situation and he goes through a lot of condoms. i would have liked to have something a little more interesting come out of that article.

  7. 82
    go sox Says:

    I guess it just goes to show how the media and tabloids can influence how people view celebrities. Continued stories about supposed “flirting” with waitresses, lunches with attractive friends, crushing on cougars, and talk about condoms, will influence the way most people see him.

    Now, I am a big supporter of Zac’s career, but I gotta say, there are people out there who believe what they read, and that’s where haters and negativity come from. They may take issue with something he’s said or done, and are convinced he’s a jerk. Sadly, this is the reality of tabloids and the media.

    So let’s be mindful of how things are portrayed to us, and realize things aren’t always how they seem.

  8. 83
    go sox Says:

    sheila, I gotta agree with you on that one.

  9. 84
    ~The Observer~ Says:

    Being a ladies man? Please don’t flatter yourself. This is about an overall public perception that is being presented. If you have to scoop that low just to promote a film, then I feel sorry for you. Your morals and upbrings come into question and you end up damaging your image.
    I don’t care if this guy is Zac Efron or Joe the Plumber, it’s about a man/women treating your other half with better respect.
    Fans and readers aren’t psychics. What we see and read is what we get. That is what we judge by. There are plenty of successful actors out there who don’t feel the need to sell their souls to the devil just to promote their movies. They rely on their performance and talent.
    This is sending the wrong message to men and women. The opinions of readers, blogs, fans, etc are extremely vital in a celebrities career. Just ask Chris Brown and Rihanna.

  10. 85
    justenough Says:

    ladysdsandiego, I couldn’t have put it better myself!!!

  11. 86
    gracemarie Says:

    As much as I enjoy For Real’s posts I have to say I wonder if more than one person uses the name .

    The earlier versions of For Real’s posts seemed more matter of fact , down to earth and direct, these later posts, though still direct ,read like doctoral dissertations LOL

    Or is it just me?

  12. 87
    AdAItaly Says:

    If You want to know the real secret of Zac Efron and all that media don’t say about him, watch this video on YouTube: The evident proof that Zac Efron…” !!!

  13. 88
    go sox Says:

    #88, yeah, and we should believe some lame video on YT by some moron is proof?? LMAO

    gracemarie, I don’t doubt this is one and the same poster. Same writing style.

    So ~The Observer~ , you’re a perfect example of someone forming an opinion about Zac based on what you’ve been fed by tabloids, etc. Have you ever actually seen him treat his love with anything but respect? Are you privy to seeing them in everyday life? No, didn’t think so.
    Promoting a movie is a delicate thing…..especially for a young, up-and-coming actor like Zac. They have to drum up interest to the point where people want to go out and see the movie. I see why he has to throw himself into it, as his career depends on box-office and demand for him. As time goes on, I don’t think he’ll need to “scoop that low” to promote…his work will speak for itself.

  14. 89
    Pretty but blah Says:

    He’s pretty in a cookie-cutter plastic kind of way but too bland imo to be really interesting.

  15. 90
    Trina Says:

    A lot of people are WAY too invested in Zac and Vanessa’s relationship. They want to be part of it. They get upset with Zac because he doesn’t come out publicly and say the words, “I love Vanessa with all my heart and soul” in an interview. He may say that every day in private to Vanessa, but some misguided people want to hear it said “to them” in order to sooth their own misgivings about the relationship.

    Some people are putting themselves in Vanessa’s place and creating all kinds of scenarios about thing they think are or are not happening. And this kind of thinking is getting them upset.

    Some people need to step back and leave Zac and Vanessa’s private relationship to them. Stop over analyzing their every word and action and making a federal case out of it.

    The relationship is between the two of them, and as Zac said, “Everyone else should get their noses out.”

  16. 91
    go sox Says:

    Trina, many good points there. We have to remember that people make give their opinions based on their own experiences and what they think is appropriate. Those opinions can range from one of the spectrum to the other! Some people think Zac and Vanessa do no wrong, and others think he’s a rat and player and she a tramp!! We get it all here.

    But the two of them obviously do things THEIR way, and guess what? It works for them. They understand each other, trust each other totally, and are 100% supportive of each other and their careers. Amazing for a young couple. Adults could learn a few things from them.

    So let them do “their thing”…’s been beautiful so far, hasn’t it?

  17. 92
    cristina Says:

    I love you Zac.He is my live.Eyes beautiful,smile insuperable,body handsome ….Zac is the best.I am spanish kisses

  18. 93
    Tiptoes Says:

    good discussion guys.

    please remember that Zac is promoting his movie and everything he says or does in public is done with the intention of marketing his movie where he is the lead star. so, read all of these articles with a grain of salt.

    everything else in his private life, including Van, is off limits. am sure Van knows these things as she is in the same business with him. She is not bothered, and neither should we be.

  19. 94
    vancrazed Says:

    Trina , I do agree, i am a huge fan of vanessa and Zac. But, i will tell you that I understand the entertainment industry for what it is, and it can be cut throat. A simple slip or wrong wording can rip your career apart.
    To say that, people want someone who is authentic. i think Zac and Vanessa as individuals inhabit that. While Vanessa is always very controlled in her interviews, it is more normal for us not to see Zac that way. Therefore the critique will be worse on him.
    It makes him look different to an older fan base, because they immediantly think about how it would feel if a significant other would say that to the mass public about someone other than their own partner.
    As I don’t agree with this public obsession, I do think that it wouldn’t hurt for him to a little more guarded about his words, yet i don’t judge him for that. He is only 21. He is learning how this all works, and we need to remember that.
    Saying that, I think that he and Van probably sit around and talk about this. She knows full well what he is going to put out to the public and isn’t threatened by it at all She is one of the most naturally poised and confident women in Hollywood. IMO…he is lucky to have her, she understands him, supports him, and puts up with 1000′s of girl swarming him (which you know would get tiring). I’m glad they are together. And while i don’t live for their relationship, or breath it, I do follow their careers. Especially Van, and the thing I believe that is setting her apart in hollywood right now, is her sheer confidence. She doesn’t have to try and it is catchy. She is not fake, she is just her, and she makes no apologies. I love it and am thankful for it.

  20. 95
    Karen Says:

    One problem is that so many people want Zac and Vanessa to be so perfect in their eyes and unfortunately most people’s eyes are in fairytale land when it comes to these two. I have heard married couples in the business express a “crush” on somebody they have worked with and it wasn’t even someone older and it didn’t get this kind of nit-picky scrutiny. Even Leslie Mann has talked about Zac being so sexy so why isn’t she being picked to death? It’s because Zac is part of a very fairytale love affair that millions of people are captivated by and they are not allowing fore the slightest little “blip” on the radar screen.

    What people need to realize is if they are going to be so scrutinized then they may go further back into their hole in regards to their relationship so people will have to guess what is going on there. The uproar about him saying he had a crush on Leslie are just meeting her is ridiculous. Zac is simply saying he was impressed with her and he was thrilled she was so much fun and easy to talk to which was going to make working with her so easy. I don’t understand the big outcry over what he said. It SHOULD be easy to understand what he meant. And the thing about Demi Moore, etc, is to say he could understand now after working with Leslie that an older woman can still be sexy and desirable. Men just like women do not fail to see someone as attractive or sexy just because they become romantically involved with someone else or even marry. If that was the case many heartthrobs like Brad Pitt and George Clooney would be in trouble with their careers.

  21. 96
    vacrazed Says:

    I really don’t even think the ‘crush’ is the issue Karen. It is just that so many people want to find anything aboslutely anything wrong with these two that even if it is pathetic and childish , they will use it. They have to dig that deep and chase that hard to find something. I mean, many of them are still having to use Van’s pictures againest her and that was 2 years ago and she has risen from that miraculously. Love these two and not for conventional reasons, they just stand for something so rare and so unique that I like the message they have sent to the world about authenticity.

  22. 97
    poppy Says:

    Wow, some people are so immature it’s untrue. Leslie said many things about Zac, that she could go Cougar on him etc etc, does that mean she will leave Judd and her two beautiful girls, no it does not. Zac is a master at PR, he knows how to turn on the charm, he knows what’s real to him and what isn’t, the same with V. As actors, it’s part of their job description to promote the movies/shows they are in, that is the whole point. But, at the end of the day, they are together in this and they trust eachother. They are strong and have come so far together, they should be admired for their humble and endearing natures, not shot down for doing what their work requires of them. Having said that, I bet they laugh their a**ses off at some of the things that are said, or that is told to them. It certainly provides me with many laughs, seeing how dumb and narrow minded some people are.

  23. 98
    go sox Says:

    All I will say about this discussion about Zac and his comments, I think some things are better unsaid. I do believe in time he will learn the fine line. He’s a smart guy, with a lot to learn about the business. He will learn to balance his personal values with what is expected of him professionally.

  24. 99
    Karen Says:


    In your #95 post you had said:
    “I do think that it wouldn’t hurt for him to a little more guarded about his words, yet i don’t judge him for that.”

    I thought you were possibly referring to his words about having a crush on Leslie as you further said:
    “It makes him look different to an older fan base, because they immediantly think about how it would feel if a significant other would say that to the mass public about someone other than their own partner.”

    So, I was referring to that thought. As you said then in your #97 post:
    “…so many people want to find anything aboslutely anything wrong with these two that even if it is pathetic and childish , they will use it.”

    That statement is very true. But that is just it, no matter how guarded Zac and/or Vanessa would be there are those people who will nit-pick and find fault. The more positive attention or love and admiration these two get whether it be for their careers or for their relationship there will be those who will be dead set to bring it down and cause trouble where there isn’t any if nothing at all would have been said in the first place. There are people who absolutely can’t stand someone to do make good—especially good looking young adults.

  25. 100
    vacrazed Says:

    I agree Karen, and I actually wasn’t referring to his statement about Leslie mann as all. Zac tends to slip a lot in interivews, I think that was just him being Zac. The Leslie think I give little if any attention too, but I do think it is those kind of immature things he says that affect his older fan base.

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