Zac Efron Talks Addiction, Rehab With Bear Grylls

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Zac Efron appeared on the series premiere of Running Wild with Bear Grylls last night, and while he had no trouble snacking down on an omelet of worms and wild bird eggs, Efron's most surprising moment came when he opened up to Grylls about his struggles with substance abuse.

When Zan and Bear were lounging fireside after their day's adventure, the topic of Efron's rehab stint came up, and the Neighbors actor discussed that dark period in his life with surprising candor.

"Everywhere you go, to a certain extent there is press," says Efron. "If you are leaving your house to go to the grocery store, there will be press there. It can be confusing. You spend a lot of time in your house, going crazy. Pretty soon, you need a social lubricant. Once I needed that, it became to go anywhere."

"It was getting to the point where I was caring less about the work and waiting more for the weekend. I couldn't wait to go out and let loose and have fun, but then when Monday and Tuesday were difficult to get through, I thought, this is bad."

"I never again want to have to take anything from the outside into me...to feel good in my present skin. That takes a lot of work. It's just meditation and stopping and slowing down your brain." 

Despite Zac's possible relapse back in April, rehab genuinely seems to have changed his life for the better. His career is on the upswing and Efron is dating fellow actor Michelle Rodriguez.

So he's made a remarkably rapid comeback, and he's down to eat some words when he needs to. We like this guy more every day.

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Lindsay Lohan has been to a rehab six times. She completed a mandatory 90-day stint in the summer of 2013.

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Zac Efron Biography

Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens Zac Efron is a young, adorable actor. He's often compared to Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio. His career begin with High School Musical,... More »
Born
Birthplace
San Luis Obispo, California
Full Name
Zachary Efron

Zac Efron Quotes

Everything's been stepped up a few notches, all the dances, and I think the songs are pretty catchy this time around. And it's our senior year, so we've got graduation and prom to look forward to. All fun things to have in a movie.

Zac Efron [on High School Musical 3]

You never know with teenage girls. It's funny. But they're always, most of the time they're pretty respectful, and I love 'em. I'm very grateful.

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