Zac Efron has come a long way since his High School Musical glory days. Last year, he went to rehab twice for cocaine addiction, broke his jaw in a mysterious accident, and got into a brawl with a homeless man in downtown LA.
Now exactly what you’d expect from a former Disney star (although these days, there are fewer success stories than there are falls from grace). Now the Bad Neighbours star has opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about the recent drama in his life.
“I was drinking a lot, way too much,” Zac told the mag.
“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.” Sucks being rich and famous…
He entered rehab for the first time in March last year, before he began filming Bad Neighbours, his latest comedy starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne (in cinemas May 8th).
After on-set issues began, which centred around his party lifestyle and failure to show up to work, Zac returned to rehab. Sources say his addiction to cocaine stemmed from issues with his parents, girls, his friends and career. So, basically everything.
Keen to get his life back on track, Zac admits he recently joined both Alcoholics Anonymous and private therapy.
"I think it's changed my life. I'm much more comfortable in my own skin," he says.
"Things are so much easier now. It's a never-ending struggle."
As for that late night brawl on Skid Row, a street in downtown LA where many homeless people stay, he said, “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.”
“Without those moments where you feel like your lowest, it's impossible to appreciate the high ones… [I’m] much happier and healthier than I've probably ever been.”
We’re glad to hear that Zac, because a body like yours doesn’t deserve to be hidden away from the limelight.