Zac Efron Talks Addictions & Skid Row Confrontation: "I'm a Human Being, and I've Made a Lot of Mistakes"

Posted Wednesday April 30, 2014 12:40 PM GMT

Given his meteoric rise to fame and intense media scrutiny it’s no wonder Zac Efron has fallen on hard times as of late.

The “High School Musical” star looks gorgeous on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter's May9th issue, and in his interview he gives a candid look at his struggle with addiction.

Zac explains, "No matter who you are, you face challenges growing up. You go with your things, you learn, you have to. It's impossible to lead an honest and fulfilling life as a man and not make mistakes and 'fess up to them when you need to. But it's especially humiliating when they happen to be so public and so scrutinized.”

“When you have success young, and you accept the good things, you have to accept all of it. You have to accept the moments of glory but also a great responsibility. And that responsibility, to some degree, involves being a role model. At the same time, I'm a human being, and I've made a lot of mistakes. I've learned from each one."

Efron also laments "the struggles of dating, of falling in love, of searching for love and being there for your friends when they need you. There's no question that to receive anything great, like love or respect, or to better yourself, you have to give a piece of yourself away."

Photo Credit: Ruven Afanador for THR