"I kind of value in people not knowing what I'm doing," says the 17 Again star

By Liz Berman
April 06, 2009 11:05 AM
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He may be the hunk of the moment, but Zac Efron isn’t necessarily one to indulge in the latest technology of the day.

“I don’t have a Twitter, a MySpace or a Facebook or anything like that,” says the star of the new comedy 17 Again. “I kind of value in people not knowing where I am or what I’m doing.”

To demonstrate his take on the typical posting, he says with a laugh: “I m on the toilet. Still on the toilet. Guys, dot-dot-dot, out of TP. Still on the toilet.”

On the screen, in 17 Again, Efron, 21, plays Mike O Donnell – a high school hotshot who had it all, but gives it all up to settle down with his then-girlfriend.

Twenty years later, his life is falling apart, and O’Donnell would give anything to go back and do it all over again – and, after a fall into the river that sends him back through time, he does. Only things are different now.

In fact, Efron, who was a teen not so long ago, says, “It’s hard when you’re a teenager because everything is heightened.” Speaking at a Los Angeles press junket for the movie, he recalled, “Just talking to a girl feels harder than anything I have done in the last couple years.”

His advice to teens about life?

“Take it seriously, but have a sense of humor about it. A sense of humor is one of the most valuable tools you can have as a teenager. That’s one thing that helped me early on through life and high school was to remember to laugh at how ridiculous life was.

Reporting by NICHOLAS WHITE

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