Zac Efron was secretly in rehab in 2013, but he is now reportedly doing well in his recovery. According to an E! News report from Sept. 17, 2013, Efron completed a stint in rehab "about five months ago."
It has not been made public yet what issues caused Efron (who is 25) to go into rehab, and he has not publicly commented yet on being in rehab. However, an unnamed source told E! News: "He's healthy, happy and not drinking. He's taking time to focus on working."
Meanwhile, Hollywood Life claims that Efron was in rehab for an addiction to cocaine and Molly (a powder form of Ecstasy), and he missed several days of work on his movie "Neighbors" because of his addiction problems.
An unnamed source told Hollywood Life: “Zac is really good at keeping it together. He’s a huge control freak and has always been obsessed with keeping his partying on the down low, this getting out is his worst nightmare. He cares so much about keeping his private life private.
"Zac’s young and he likes to party. But it’s pretty standard in this town, everyone dabbles in drugs, it’s just a part of young Hollywood. Most of them just hide it well and Zac is a perfect example of that.”
Efron rose to fame as a star of Disney's "High School Musical" movie series. He also co-starred in the 2007 movie musical "Hairspray." More recently, he has been doing non-musical roles in movies such as "New Year's Eve," "The Lucky One," "The Paperboy," "At Any Price," "Parkland," "That Awkward Moment" and "Neighbors."
"Parkland" is scheduled for release in U.S. and Canadian cinemas on Oct. 4, 2013. "That Awkward Moment" (formerly titled "Are We Officially Dating?") arrives in U.S. and Canadian cinemas on Jan. 31, 2014. "Neighbors" has a U.S./Canadian release date of May 4, 2014.
In September 2013, Efron was at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to promote "Parkland," which is about ordinary citizens who were directly affected by the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. Efron plays Jim Carrico, the real-life doctor who attended to Kennedy when the wounded president was brought to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Carrico was also on duty when Kennedy's suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was brought to the hospital after Oswald was shot by nightclub owner Jack Ruby two days after Kennedy's assassination. (Oswald died before he was brought to trial.)
Efron is yet another former Disney star whose transition from teen idol to mature entertainer has been affected by personal struggles.
Lindsay Lohan, Demi Lovato, Shia LeBeouf, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera have all either been in rehab or have been arrested for issues related to abuse of alcohol or drugs. Miley Cyrus is also rumored to have a drug problem, as her image has changed dramatically from "girl next door" to "wild partier."
Meanwhile, Vanessa Hudgens (Efron's ex-girlfriend and "High School Musical" co-star) and Selena Gomez have also made attempts to obliterate their wholesome Disney image by taking roles in the 2013 raunchy movie "Spring Breakers," which featured graphic violence, drug use and sex scenes. In one of those sex scenes, Hudgens has a threesome with characters played by James Franco and Ashley Benson.
At a "Parkland" press conference during TIFF, Efron was asked how he felt about the transition that he and other former Disney stars have had to make into careers after Disney.
Efron replied, "A long time ago, I set out to continually work with people I admired and to challenge myself. And this was really a dream come true to work amongst these actors [in 'Parkland'] and with Peter [Landesman, writer/director of 'Parkland']. It's such a powerful, historical moment, the story of it. I am enjoying it now more than ever, this portion of it. It always feels like it's just getting started for me."
As for why he isn't doing music anymore and what he thinks of other former Disney stars, Efron said diplomatically, "They're all great ... I can only do what I set out to do. This is where my heart is."