Saturday, December 1, 2007

Zac Efron - Mega Star In The Making?

Ray start dengan mukadimah. Hahaha ! Last year, masa ray on my working trip to New York ray sebenarnya ada berjumpa Zac Efron ni tapi malangnya , ray tak pun kenal sape la budak ni.

Ceritanya macam ni, Ray excited gile kalau roster flight ray ada tulis EWR. EWR ialah code lapangan terbang iaitu Newark. Newark tu...airport kat New York. Best pergi New York sebab boleh window shopping and so many things to do there. The big apple la katakan dan city that never sleeps. Merasa jadi New Yorkers kejap. As for the girls (stewardess) berangan jadi Carrie mcm dalam "Sex & The City". Sampai-sampai je terus ajak geng crew yang lain merayap kat Times Square.

Ada satu area tu...nampak punya la ramai orang beratur. Mostly girls, My friend, Angel told me "Ray...kat sinilah MTV ...TRL (total request live) tu". Terjerit-jerit la semua perempuan kat situ. Menyibuk la kjap sebab nak la tau sape yang dorang terjerit-jerit tu? Kumpulan Newboyx kew? hahhahaha. Takpun "achik spin" kekekek.

Ray nampak la kelibat mamat ni. Tapikan...ray tak kenal pun sape dia tu...ray and my friend Angel...namanya ..terngaga sbb tak pernah atau terlintas di fikiran identiti lelaki yang dorang ni duk terpekik terlolong tu. Sejam kemudian...masih tak tau...hehehe. "Zac...Zac!!" jerit mereka tak berenti sampai ada diantara mereka yang pengsan. Adehhh !!

Balik ke hotel setelah penat merayap, duk la mengadap tv sambil munch keropok and biskut ngn kawan-kawan. Tetiba, keluar la muka Zac Efron ni kat TV. Angel ngn ray dah tergelak dah...sbb baru lita orang tahu sape yang kita jumpa kat Times Square tadi. Tapi femes kew? Femes sbb apa?
Malam tu tayangan pertama "High School Musical". Dan Zac Efron ni adalah heronya...Now we get it !!

Dalam bulan Mei lepas (tahun ini) ray ke New York sekali lagi...tapi idak le ray jumpa zac efron ni lagi. Tapi memang meletop la mamat ni...magazine...keluo muka dia aje....Memandangkan Zac Efron ini dikaitkan dengan Dafi kerana Dafi buat Voice over untuk HSM versi Bahasa Melaysia...Dafinites (sebahagian drpd mereka) adalah peminat Zac Efron la untuk post kali ini...marilah kita mengenali Zac Efron !!

Born in San Luis Obispo, California, and raised nearby in Arroyo Grande, Zac Efron took his first step toward acting at the age of 11 when his parents took note of his singing ability. Singing lessons soon led to an appearance in the production of "Gypsy" that ran 90 performances and he was hooked. After appearing on-stage in "Peter Pan," "Auntie Mame", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Music Man", guest parts quickly followed on television series, including "Firefly" (2002), "ER" (1994), and "The Guardian" (2001). After guest-starring in several episodes of "Summerland" (2004)_ , he joined the regular cast as girl-crazy Cameron Bale. Efron also starred in several pilots such as "The Big, Wide World of Carl Laemke" and "Triple Play." He also recently starred as an autistic child in the television movie Miracle Run (2004) (TV), alongside Mary-Louise Parker and Aidan Quinn.

A junior in high school, Efron's favorite sports include golf, skiing, rock climbing, and snowboarding. He recently added surfing after spending days on the beach for "Summerland." He plays the piano at home, and is currently teaching himself to play the guitar. He's also currently fixing up two cars in his spare time, a Delorean and '65 Mustang convertible, both treasured hand-me-downs from his even-more-treasured grandfather. Efron lives at home with his parents and his younger brother Dylan. They have two highly affectionate Australian Shepherds, Dreamer and Puppy, and a very independent Siamese cat named Simon.

Zac first started to get really noticed when he began appearing on TV however, reaching a nationwide and international audience of adoring girls and boys alike. His earliest TV roles were in ‘Firefly’, ‘ER’ and ‘The Guardian’, but he is probably best known for his role in ‘Summerland’ where he played Cameron Bale, the boy whose father used to beat him. So he is no stranger to tough and gritty parts as well as light musical comedy. In fact he won a Young Artist Award (best performance in a TV movie) for his role in ‘Summerland’.

His list of achievements and appearances goes on but it was his appearance in the 2006 Disney Channel original movie ‘High School Musical’ which you could say first kick started his more mainstream musical career. A career which almost got off to a rocky start: his singing voice was brought into question when it was revealed that Andrew Steeley, a Canadian singer/performer, sang the higher notes in Zac’s role and their two voices were combined to create the final performance. The reason for this was that the part Zac was singing was written for a Tenor and he has a lower voice, a Baritone, and the higher notes were out of his range.

But this didn’t stop him from going on to bring out two chart songs in February 2006: ‘Get’cha Head in the Game’ and ‘Breaking Free’, the second one being a duet with Vanessa Hudgens taken from ‘High School Musical’. This duet held the record for the fastest climber on the Billboard Charts going from number 86 to number 4 in two weeks. A clear indication that this talented boy was making himself popular with the American public and very quickly too.

And more recently? What’s new from Zac? Well, at the end of 2006 he could be found in Canada filming a new movie version of the old John Walters classic, cult musical comedy ‘Hairspray’. When this movie is released you’ll be able to see him playing along side stars like John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Amanda Bynes. And as if that wasn’t a challenge enough for any young actor he will also be performing all his own numbers.

Zac has 19 TV and movie credits under his belt, he has sung on three albums and five singles and performed in live theatre. Not bad for the teenage son of an electrician.

Sesiapa yang nak mengenali Zac ni, bolehlah melayari web fanclubnya atau forum Zac Efron. Ada banyak info kat sini.

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