It’s no secret that Zac Efron has had his share of issues with drugs and alcohol. He even went to rehab and is apparently back on the wagon (apparently being the key word). Well, now he’s decided to open up about his struggles to none other than Bear Grylls, as they walked around mountains and drank their own piss, or whatever you do on that show.
Here’s the scoop from US Weekly:
The High School Musical alum, 26, was the first celebrity to appear on Running Wild with Bear Grylls, NBC’s new reality show where Grylls takes celebrities on two-day excursions to put their survival skills to the test.
In addition to jumping out of a helicopter, being dropped into the Catskill Mountains, and eating a worm, Efron, who has completed two stints in rehab, opened up to the survivalist about achieving fame early on and what ultimately led to his struggles with addiction.
“It was just so quick — it was shocking,” the blue-eyed hunk admitted about hitting fame at such a young age. “The challenging part was never the work, that was never it,” Efron began when asked by Grylls what led him to rehab. “It was sort of the in-between work — the social aspects outside of it; everywhere you go [there are press and people watching] … and it can be confusing … and pretty soon you need a social lubricant,” he said.
“Once it became that … it got to the point where I was caring less about the work and waiting more for the weekend where I couldn’t wait to go out and let loose and have fun,” the Neighbors actor went on. “But when Monday and Tuesday were difficult to get through, I thought, ‘This is bad.’
“I just really never again want to take anything from the outside in to feel … comfortable in my present skin, and that takes a lot of work,” he said. “It’s just meditation and stopping and slowing down your brain.”
Unfortunately I don’t really buy the whole “I meditate instead of taking drugs now” thing – that’s only ever been true for Russell Brand (and even him I’m not sure about). Zac gets in tooooo many weird situations for a non-druggie, but kudos for the acting effort.
July 30, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
I’ve loved Justin Bartha for a really, really long time, and I’m not going to lie – I was totally devastated when I found out that Ashley and he might be shacking up together at one of her places in New York City. I mean, do you KNOW how HARD IT IS to break people up when they LIVE together? Heavens, I’m not even gonna GO there today.
Anyway, in light of Justin’s grand return to the male meat market, I’ve compiled a list, a similar list to the one that featured the ten hottest women in Hollywood, so cast your vote once and move it on, please.
Photo of Justin and Ashley courtesy of Just Jared