If you’re a parent and you’re thinking that maybe you should take your little darling to try out for that new Disney show, then you need to stop. If the Disney Curse can take Zac Efron, it can take anybody.
Before you know it, your precious bundle of joy will be up to their eyeballs in shots (both of the vodka and mug variety), leaked sexts, and much like our friend Zac, suspicious white powder. At this rate, the Magic Kingdom might need to install a detox centre next to Space Mountain.
The High School Musical star – sorry Zac, that’s all you’ll ever be known for – managed to sneak in a rehab stay earlier this year for help with a cocaine addiction that was very well hidden from public view. Take notes, Lohan.
The problem apparently started to spiral out of control while he was filming ‘Neighbours’ with Seth Rogen in April. Between the two of them, that movie set must have been like an all-you-can-eat buffet for the functioning addict.
Zac reportedly failed to show up for filming multiple times – what’s known in the business as ‘Lohaning’. A source told TMZ that it was “common knowledge he was struggling with cocaine”. Common knowledge that the source very considerately kept quiet for at least five months before spilling all to the nearest gossip rag. Hey, they have to pay the rent somehow and judging by the IMDb description for Neighbours, that sure as hell won’t be raking in the dollar:
“A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house”
Hilarity ensues, no doubt.
Zac booked himself some outpatient treatment and has been – touch wood – drug free ever since. His coke addiction has been blamed on the fact that he’s surrounding himself with the ‘wrong crowd’, a bad relationship with his parents and frustration over not being able to repeat the success of the High School Musical franchise.
Well now I feel bad for mocking his new film. Only time will tell if Zac’s been able to shake off the Disney Curse, but here’s hoping he’ll stick to the status quo.
Look, you were never going to get to the end of this article without at least one High School Musical reference.