Zac Efron Asks What's Wrong with Being Gay?
Acknowledging his gay fan base and showing his support, Zac Efron spoke to The Advocate about his approval of same-sex marriage.
Aware of impact of the subject, the "Lucky One" actor says, "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."
The "Paperboy" star told the LGTB magazine, "After High School Musical and Hairspray, I've always felt embraced by the gay community, and I feel incredibly grateful and honored."
Awareness of his fan base emerged way back in 2006, after Disney's "High School Musical." The 24-year-old actor explains, "I think the gay audience related to my character Troy, because it really was a story of embracing who you are, no matter how different you might be, and not being afraid to show it. That's a universal theme for everyone, but it specifically resonated with the gay community, and I felt very proud of that."
Though he admits he may have been less aware of sexuality when he was younger, he reveals, "without question I had gay role models."
The actor's own sexuality has been questioned for years, but it doesn't bother the straight heartthrob. "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."