Promoting his film The Paperboy in his first gay-press interview, 24-year-old heartthob Zac Efron tells The Advocate, "I’ve always felt embraced by the gay community... I’m extremely aware of the support I’ve gotten from you guys over the years, and it’s amazing that it’s taken this long to sit down and actually discuss it, but please know that it hasn’t gone unappreciated."
And please appreciate our continued support, Zac, as we share our favorite scenes from your brief but memorable film career.
Get'cha head in the game! Zac's breakout role was Troy Bolton, captain of his high school basketball team, in the 2006 Disney Channel movie High School Musical. We couldn't help but be moved by his shirtless heart-to-heart with his coach/dad in the locker room. "I think the gay audience related to my character Troy, because it really was a story of embracing who you are, no matter how different you might be, and not being afraid to show it," Zac tells The Advocate.
Aww! Zac and Vanessa Hudgens enjoy a sweet and sexy swimming date in the 2007 High School Musical sequel, but things will only get wetter and wilder for the studlet...
For obvious reasons, Zac's sweaty basketball court scenes are a highlight of 2008's third and final installment of the High School Musical trilogy.
It doesn't get much dreamier than a slicked-back Zac crooning as Link Larkin in the 2007 film adaptation of Broadway's Hairspray.
Making a case that Zac may look like Matthew Perry when he gets older, the 2009 comedy 17 Again has Perry magically waking up in the swoon-worthy body of his 17-year-old basketball-playing self, played by Zac. No surprise this throwaway shirt-changing scene became an overnight screen grab sensation.
Zac is adorbs playing the ukulele in Richard Linklater's 2008 period drama about a young actor working with the great director Orson Welles, but things really get interesting when a sprinkler system mishap leaves him soaked. A wet Zac Efron is always a good look.
Zac shows off his hot-dogging sailing skills and his super-pumped guns in 2010's dead-brother drama Charlie St. Cloud.
All bulked up to play Marine Logan Thibault, Zac had his steamiest love scene to date in The Lucky One, a Nicholas Sparks adaptation about a soldier who finds the mystery woman in a photograph that saved his life in Iraq. But if black square-cuts aren't your cup of tea...
Few have actually seen the Lee Daniels's ’60s-set southern thriller The Paperboy, which is out Oct. 5, but the trailer, which features Zac dancing in the rain with costar Nicole Kidman while wearing only white briefs, is already legendary. On picking out the perfect tighty whities, Zac tells The Advocate, "Initially, I wondered if my character would even wear underwear at all. But that would’ve been a very different movie."
Zac has the right to bare arms yet again as a racecar driver his upcoming film At Any Price, which just screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Even his on-screen father (Dennis Quaid) can't keep his hands off of them!