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Zac Efron Opens Up About Skid-Row Fight & 'Never-Ending' Addiction Struggles to 'THR'

Zac Efron Opens Up About Skid-Row Fight & 'Never-Ending' Addiction Struggles to 'THR'

Zac Efron shows off his gorgeous baby blue eyes on the cover of THR‘s latest issue.

Here’s what the 26-year-old Neighbors star had to share with the mag:

On his skid-row fight with a homeless man: “We were having trouble finding somewhere — a lot of places were closed — and the car ran out of gas off the 110. It was ridiculous. We had to pull over, and I called Uber.” While waiting, “A homeless guy, or vagrant, tapped on the driver’s-side window. Before I knew it, he [the friend] was out of the car, and they started fighting. I saw that [the homeless man] was carrying some sort of a knife, or shank, and I got out of the car to disarm him. At some point, he dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face — and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight.”

On life pre-rehab: “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.”

On joining alcoholics anonymous: “I just started going. And I think it’s changed my life. I’m much more comfortable in my own skin. Things are so much easier now. It’s a never-ending struggle.”

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141 Responses to “Zac Efron Opens Up About Skid-Row Fight & 'Never-Ending' Addiction Struggles to 'THR'”

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  1. 1
    Living in a box Says:

    So this dude is not joining Star Wars, right? There still a rumours that the Star Wars haven’t done with casting yet, there will be more casting news.

  2. 2
    xvlmxx Says:

    All this made like him even more and root from him even more.

  3. 3
    Amy Says:

    You guys should read the whole interview, it’s really good.

  4. 4
    cokehead Says:

    Never trust a kid who has a tattoo on his hand that says “YOLO”.

  5. 5
    Milly Says:

    @xvlmxx: I know, this interview just made me root for him more.

  6. 6
    what... Says:

    Living in a box
    there is still one role not announced yet and its a female role so no zac efron
    i still he is still with “my car ran out of gas ” story yeah of course ……….

  7. 7
    Truthie Says:

    Yeah,sure Zackie boy, sure. Your rehearsed mantra isn’t convincing anyone.

  8. 8
    OK Says:

    @cokehead He had the YOLO Tattoo removed. He started in Dec. 2012 and finished last year.

  9. 9
    Rachel Says:

    Interesting interview.
    Rooting for you, Zac.

  10. 10
    Truthie Says:

    I love how they’ve photoshopped the bloat out of his face. Normally, his face is bloated and puffy looking.

  11. 11
    Nina Says:

    @cokehead: you do know he removed that tattoo right? It’s gone.

  12. 12
    anonymous Says:

    Well I guess he looks more like Matthew Perry than I thought!

  13. 13
    Rachel Says:

    Read the whole interview, guys.

  14. 14
    Everest Says:

    Young stars that believe they have “struggled” and “overcome” something are now showcased in some light that makes them appear better, wiser, and more serous actors- when they’re still the fools that chose to use substances in the first place. This narrative is tawdry, overdone, and in Zac’s case- it doesn’t wear well or seem authentic in the least.

  15. 15
    Lea Says:

    @Truthie: if you watch the behind the scenes video, face looks the same.

  16. 16
    OK Says:

    The Wrap today says there is still more than one part yet to be cast.
    That being said and as much as I would love to see Zac in “Star Wars” , I don’t think it will happen.

  17. 17
    OK Says:

    Zac I am so proud to be a fan of yours. Wish you love and happiness.

  18. 18
    lol Says:

    Oh sh-t, Zac Ephron thinks he’s Tyler Durden.

  19. 19
    Ash Says:

    @Rachel: I know, I did not know he was producing so much and that he took a pay cut for the neighbors movie to make the film. I also did not know Neighbors only cost 18 mill.

  20. 20
    Kendall Says:

    I will never get over those eyes.

  21. 21
    Meg Says:

    Yes, I agree with Zac. Media tends to blow everything out of proportion.

  22. 22
    xvlmxx Says:

    @Milly: I read the whole interview and you could see how lonely and sad he was , probably even depressed which is the main reason he turned to drugs and alcohol. I root for him. He has a bright future ahead of him if he stays on the right path

  23. 23
    Rachel Says:

    From the whole article:

    Adds Zadan: “He is the most delightful person to work with. Always in great spirits, always excited about the work. Hollywood is very forgiving of actors when they go through the stress of being stars and being followed around by paparazzi — to a point. If you become one of those people where every single day is another misuse of alcohol or drugs or car crashes, that’s different. But Zac has never been that. He’s very well grounded.”

  24. 24
    jon m'shulla Says:

    Zac….He’s a liar. Homophobic bigot, racist and cokehead. He is so over.

  25. 25
    Cindy Says:

    @Everest: wow, you sound like you never made any mistakes in your life. Are you that perfect? Life is about making mistakes and learning from them.

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