Zac Efron has a massive gay following and he’s totally cool with that.
Leading up to his mega-hyped role with Nicole Kidman in The Paper Boy the former Disney channel star has given his first interview with a gay and lesbian-based news publication. From his fan base to rumors questioning his own sexuality, Zac opened up in the interview about all things gay in his life.
The Advocate is the source of the interview, in which Zac explained that his comfort level with the gay community spawns from being surrounded by it from the beginning.
“I started doing local theater so young — I was 12 — so to me, being gay was just another way that you can be,” said Zac. “I never really had time to think about it or have any preconceived notions. I don’t judge anyone and I never have.”
The actor felt an influx of gay support after completing his breakthrough role as Troy Bolton in High School Musical. Many fans from that role have remained loyal throughout his career.
Of course, with such a strong gay following, rumors were bound to spark that Zac himself was gay, which he has since denied in Details magazine. But he doesn’t let the tabloids get him down.
“I don’t like to live in fear about things like rumors and backlash to begin with — that’s the way I was raised,” he said.
In the interview, Zac also touched on today’s hot political topic of gay marriage, which he supports 100 percent.
“It’s an issue that affects so many people in my life,” said Zac. “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.”
And, while he won’t chose to play a gay character simply because it’s a gay character, he would love to assume the challenge.
“It’s always interesting to delve into unexplored territory, and that would be a new avenue for me. I definitely wouldn’t be afraid ,” he said.