Zac Efron: I Didn't Sing in High School Musical

Zac Efron: I Didn't Sing in High School Musical

While teen stars crash and burn around him, Zac Efron whistles show tunes and works on his golf game. But can this 19-year-old stay boring enough for Disney? In the new issue of Rolling Stone, the squeaky clean star of High School Musical and Hairspray talks about his newfound fame, that mysterious ring he’s been wearing, and what he really thinks about the I Hate Zac Efron Club. See interview highlights below:

On why he refused to go on the High School Musical tour:
“If I had to hear the High School Musical songs anymore, I probably would have jumped off something very tall.”

On not being allowed to sing in High School Musical:
I didn’t even sing on the first album. It wasn’t my voice in the movie. Even though I wanted to do it. So what do you do when the entire cast is supposed to accept an award at the Billboard Awards and your voice is only on the album in a select few lines. I felt extremely guilty.”

On fame:
A lot of problems you se people having in this business is that it becomes about their personal lives and not about their work. Matthew McConaughey has single-handedly funded the tabloid magazines for the past two years now. If he would put on a shirt and just get away from the beach, maybe there would be a few less paparazzi around.”

On the silver “commitment” ring he wears:
“I’m not even going to say who it’s from. This is just a ring from a friend that I got. ‘Commitment’ is way too weird a word for me right now. I’m wearing it for a friend…It is a female friend, but I can’t say who, because then it would be chat-room pandemonium and teenage magazine-hysteria.”

On criticism:
“I can’t even go on IMDB because I know that so much of it would be negative. It’s just depressing. I know, for instance, at my cousin’s school, there’s a club called the I Hate Zac Efron Club. And I laughed hysterically when I heard that. I laughed because if there are people out there devoted enough to make a club that hates me, I’ve gotta be doing something right.”