Zac Efron says people shouldn't underestimate the impact of High School Musical which "affected a lot of people".
The actor is best known for playing the lead role of Troy Bolton in the Disney Channel original movie series.
Zac has previously admitted he had low expectations after starring in the first film in 2006.
The 25-year-old can now see the significance of his part in the cultural teen phenomenon.
"Here's the one thing about High School Musical, that a lot of people forget or don’t realise. It affected a lot of people, its resonance, culturally, was massive… and at the same time, it was in every sense of it, the luckiest break in the world," Zac shared with Flaunt magazine. "The wrong thing to do - and that’s what all these interviews now are trying to get me to say - is to turn on it, to like sh*t on it, call it c**p. But that’s insane. There are hundreds of people who began doing one thing when they were younger, who go on to develop and refine and shape their vision, as they get older, and other concerns - like fame, or money, take a back seat to other ones.”
The good-looking star shared his thoughts on celebrities who complain about a lack of privacy. Zac is appreciative of his life and knows that publicity is part of the package.
"The b***hiness doesn’t do anything. It just puts you out there and it makes you look unappreciative to your fans. If I’m talking to my friends, or somebody important who can have some influence on or affect the situation, that’s one thing, but to b***h about attention while getting attention?" he questioned. "I’d be doing it to the very people whose job it is to get that information - who are watching me and have control over that information. Therefore, it makes them upset, they read it like it’s hypocritical, and so they spread some bulls**t."
Zac's been criticised online by fans before. Nowadays, the American actor is careful what he reveals and does in his private life.
"You should hear the chatroom sh*t that gets said every time you try to complain. So that’s why I’m not going to complain. I will do a lot of things in my life differently to make sure it’s not known or tweeted about or photographed. But it’s a complete day-to-day situation," he explained. "I mean, I wish I could sit here and be completely honest, but I guess that’s an even bigger responsibility, and it’d take a more courageous man.”
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