More Zac Efron excerpts from his Elle feature. When Zac heard that his idol Leonardo DiCaprio was going to be honored as one of GQ’s Men of the Year, he showed up at the party: Zac: ‘He was the only reason I went. I thought maybe I’d get to shake his hand. No one had seen Leo, and I was walking out and he walked right by. I was all, ‘Oh, hey!’
He turned around and right there I had the ‘in,’ and I was like, ‘I just want to shake your hand, dude, I’m a big fan.. I’d love to sit down and talk with you sometime.’ And he goes, ‘Right on.’ A few nights later, I was at a Lakers
game and I texted him, and he said he was coming.
This guy in a ball cap and coat with the collar up sits next to me. We talked
the whole game, and he was just everything I thought he would be: smart, levelheaded, charming, hilarious. You know, the older-brother vibe.’ Zac shakes his head. ‘That sounds so cheesy.’
Me and Orson Welles director Richard Linklater: ‘This is the movie where Zac loses his virginity on-screen. Here he is, this kid from California stepping into a group of accomplished British actors, and he was so not intimidated. Zac’s like a really good poker player. Don’t underestimate him. All bodes well for a long career. Of course, it would be more fun for the culture if he had a lot of problems.’