Zac Efron: “I just can’t see what’s so wrong about being gay”

These are some photos of Zac Efron at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend. He was promoting a film called At Any Price – surprisingly NOT The Paperboy, which I still say looks like a sweaty, greasy, fake-Southern-fried hot mess. But The Paperboy will be coming out soon (limited release on October 5), so Zac’s promotional duties have begun. Thus, he gave his very first interview ever to a “gay media outlet”. That outlet? The Advocate. You can read the full piece here, and here are some highlights from the piece:

On the support of gay fans, his omnipresence on gay blogs, and speaking to The Advocate for his first gay-press interview: “It’s very flattering. After High School Musical and Hairspray, I’ve always felt embraced by the gay community, and I feel incredibly grateful and honored. This is actually a very special interview for me. 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. I’m so excited to be talking to you.”

On gay rumors: “I don’t like to live in fear about things like rumors and backlash to begin with — that’s the way I was raised — but I just can’t see what’s so wrong about being gay.”

On personally picking out his white briefs for The Paperboy: “I did, yeah. It’s a period movie, so there weren’t really a lot of choices. Initially, I wondered if my character would even wear underwear at all. But that would’ve been a very different movie.”

On working with The Paperboy director Lee Daniels (who is gay): “I’ve always just embraced Lee as a brilliant artist, so I followed him blindly, trustingly, and wholeheartedly. He’s searching for beauty and truth in every scene, so I believed in him and always felt safe. I was a fan of Lee’s work — I thought Precious was so marvelous and real — and I knew that he had a lot to teach me. All he required of me was that I be fearless, and that’s something I’m really working on right now in my career.”

On playing a gay role: “I’d never take a role just for the sake of playing gay, but I’m always looking for a role that’s challenging, different, and entails some risk, so there’s no doubt in my mind that one of those characters will be gay at some point in the future. It’s always interesting to delve into unexplored territory, and that would be a new avenue for me. I definitely wouldn’t be afraid.”

On marriage equality: “It’s an issue that affects so many people in my life — a lot of my close friends and some of the most influential people around me. I just want them all to be happy. It would make me so happy to see them able to live their lives and do what they want to do.”

On returning to musical theater roots: “Without a doubt, I’d love to do Broadway. I actually can’t wait to get back to musical theater. There’s a part of me that wishes I could go do it right now, but there’s also a part of me that knows I need to tackle other types of acting opportunities first. I want to be a well-rounded, versatile performer. Until I master other things, it would be hard for me to get back to musical theater. But that will always be my home base and where I feel the most free, and it’s something I will definitely do again, even it it’s just for pleasure and personal fulfillment.”

[From The Advocate]

I know a lot of people believe Zac Efron is gay, and I’ve thought that (or at least considered it a strong possibility) before. But Zac keeps insisting that he’s not, and he keeps insisting that there’s nothing wrong with being gay (truth) and it feels like if he was gay, he would just come out already? Or maybe it’s all just a massive conspiracy because he’s convinced that he couldn’t be the second coming of Leo/Gosling/Reynolds if he was anything but a massive hetero. F—k, I don’t even know at this point. He’s so confusing! As for his politics and the rest of the interview – he comes across very well. But I always enjoy his interviews – he seems like a sweet, smart kid.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Isabella Notarfrancesco says:

    There’s nothing wrong with being gay. Most people opposed to it are either against it because of religious reasons or because they’re xenophobes.

  2. IzzyB says:

    I like all that he said in that interview, very respectful and accepting.

    As for the rumours about him, he looks very effeminate so I can see why people think it, but if he says he’s not I’ll take him at his word.

  3. Bluedog says:

    I think people just think he’s gay because he’s so pretty.

  4. Lolitalola says:

    Is it just me or do most interviews of American celebrities come across as contrived and polished ?
    It feels like reading or listening to robots who’ve learned so hard how to give the right answers at the right time for the right audience or something.
    No wonder why politics is such a powerful thing over there.

  5. Stef says:

    Someone took the words right out of my mouth – people think he’s gay because he’s so pretty ha.

    I actually really like him. I find him charming and respectful. I also will admit I saw the Lucky One, and while not the best movie in the world, I thought he did well in the part. His body was pretty solid. He’s kind of adorable. But I still think Chatwin is in line to b the next Gosling if he gets a solid part. lol

  6. Dorothy#1 says:

    I love him!!! I don’t think he is gay, but I wouldn’t care if he was. :)

  7. mln76 says:

    Totally agree with everyone else he’s pretty which makes people assume he’s gay. But I totally believe he is straight especially since he’s mostly low key about his relationships.

  8. Masque says:

    Oh Zac, no matter how old you get you’ll always be little Simon Tam to me. :)

  9. normades says:

    I don’t think he’s gay either. He seems like a nice kid that just wants to be taken seriously. I kinda loved him in 17 again

  10. pretty says:

    look at those eyelashes…jesus. lol
    he’s very pretty.
    you know what. he is 100000 times prettier than blake lively

  11. Mia 4S says:

    On the Internet everyone is gay, even people who probably aren’t, even people who say they aren’t. It’s gotten silly now and become a bit of a joke. I don’t think that helps anyone and it does nothing to further acceptance.

  12. daisydoodle says:

    hmmm, he likes to sing and dance…well, not that there’s anything wrong with it, but come on people, he’s probably gay, but really, it’s his business, if he wants to keep it private, so be it.

  13. juicyjackie says:

    Didnt really care for him before, have some respect for him now for not just being a fluffy teen-pleaser.

    Is he gay? maybe? So what, what a person does with their junk is no one elses business but their own, even if they are in the public eye.

    I socialise in circles where people are openly hetero, homo, bi, pansexual…. the only people that seem to care is the hetero ones who feel a need to rationalise someone else’s choices. Meh – party on.. rock out with ya cock out, jam out with ya clam out, as long as its safe, sane and consensual it aint none of ours.

  14. flan says:

    Guys who are comfortable with gay fans are waaaaay more attractive than the Tom Cruises of celeb-land.

  15. Smashley says:

    I don’t think Zac is gay. I think he’d come out if he were. This interview was honest.

  16. Mar says:

    I like him-he should just come out already

  17. julie says:

    If he believes there is nothing wrong with being gay then why hasn’t he come out?

    • Belle says:

      Well, perhaps because he ISN’T gay? You may find this difficult to believe, but just because someone THINKS a person is gay, does not actually make it so.

      Having said that, if someone is gay and has chosen not to advertise it, that is their business.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Stop making sense, Belle!

        As I have stated on a million posts that revolve around speculating about a celeb’s sexual preference: if you REALLY don’t care, if one’s sexuality REALLY isn’t a problem for you then WHY oh WHY do you insist on declaring a celeb’s sexuality for them? Why can’t you just take his/her word for it? As stated above, this is passive-agressive homophobia, period.

  18. Feebee says:

    He certainly translates well in interviews.

    I’m with those going with the gay because he’s pretty theory. Plus he can sing and dance. A woman who can do all that is a triple threat. A man who can do all that must be gay (see Hugh Jackman also), which apparently is a different kind of threat to some.

    He’ll also be married with kids and people will still be saying it regardless.

  19. barb says:

    Of COURSE he’s gay! And he’s hot no matter what. I’ve read that if an actor is in the ‘superstar’ status, then they keep their gayness under wraps and use beards and such because it would literally kill their world wide career. Think of all the countries who are extremely homopobic…the thinking is that people would not see them the same way in the kissing scenes. It’s true. I look at John Travolta completely differently now. So, if Efron wants to be in the superstar category, maybe he thinks he needs to keep hiding it. Sounds like he’s hedging his bets though….he’s this close to coming out. I’d like to see some of the superstars come out of the closet…it would change the world….for the better!~ Think of Rock Hudson.

  20. blondie10101 says:

    I’ve always thought he was gay, but after reading this, I think he’s maybe just slightly more feminine. There’s nothing wrong with that and I give him props because I was certain his career would fizzle after HSM. As for his politics, he got all of his own beliefs and opinions out respectfully, and I respect that.

  21. Sandra says:

    Funny how people say he might be gay because he’s so pretty, but it’s said in a respectful way, whereas with Justin Bieber it’s used as a way to demean him. What a despicable double standard.

  22. Hakura says:

    I agree that his appearance has a lot to do with people’s perceptions. The super-long dark eyelashes do look feminine, but I always associated them more with a ‘fae’-type (feminine boy) character, like Peter Pan (in my mind), as opposed to assuming he wa gay.

    I never read any of his interviews before, but I’ll admit to being impressed by this one. Very articulate & likable.

  23. mk yarwood says:

    Maybe he just doesn’t know, or maybe he’s bi. Bi boys are my favourite.

  24. Shannon says:

    He needs to come out the closet already. Plus, I do think he keeps insisting he isn’t gay because it would limit the leading roles he could possibly receive.

    I can only speak for myself, but I find it hard to watch gay men playing straight roles. I just keep thinking they’re gay… I know that’s not PC, but that’s the way it is.

    • lafairy says:

      “I can only speak for myself, but I find it hard to watch gay men playing straight roles. I just keep thinking they’re gay”

      Woaaaaw!you do know that movies are about “pretending” and not real life do you?

      Very shocking that there still exist people who think that way. No wonder the closet is the only option in Hollywood…

      • Shannon says:

        @”Woaaaaw!you do know that movies are about “pretending” and not real life do you?”

        I absolutely know that. However, my point is it is difficult for ME to watch an openly gay man (or woman I should add) pretending to be straight in a movie. I’m not saying they can’t give a good performace, but while I am watching the movie all I can think about is “this person is gay”. Again, that may not be PC, but that is the way it is.

      • Devyn says:


        Movies are all about the suspension of disbelief, but some things can be harder to “forget” than others. You’re certainly not the only person who feels this way.

        Also, whether actors (and this includes HW actors) are openly gay/lesbian affects the bottom line much more overseas (i.e. the Asian and Indian markets, etc.) than it does in the West. Definitely not PC to point *that* out either, but there it is.

      • Shannon says:

        Thank you! You said that better than I did.

  25. Darth says:

    I don’t get a gay vibe from him, he can’t help being pretty.
    He seems like a cool guy, I just preferred him as the young twink with surfer hair lol. I understand why he bulked up and grew a goatee and tried to adopt a more masculine & mature appearance, but it just doesn’t blend well with his youthful, pretty boy looks. I think he should just embrace what he has and enjoy it while it lasts. There’s plenty of time later in life to put on weight and look “older”.

  26. NeNe says:

    Wow! Has he finally come out of the closet? I knew it! No matter how many girls he is with, he is totally gay. Not that there is anything wrong with that!!!

  27. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    I have to admit that I would have the biggest smirk on my face if years from now he comes out ala Ricki Martin style (who people whispered ‘was he gay?’ for years, even though Ricki always denied it).

    I agree though that it is nobodies business whether someone is gay, straight or whatever, live and let live etc. But you can’t always believe everything that these celebs say. Just a thought.

  28. Dory says:

    Of course that there is nothing wrong with being gay. However, according to my religion, you better understand the meaing of HELL and FOREVER if you are going into that lifestyle. It does not sound very appealing for the poor sods. And I will not challenge God on that one, for sure He knows better.