Zac Efron Says He Turned To Substance Abuse Because Of The Paparazzi

Watch his candid interview in the woods with Bear Grylls.

Most of us will never get to — or, rather, have to — live under the microscope that famous people do. We won’t get to reap those rewards — and, on the flip side, we won’t have to deal with the negatives. On a recent jaunt to the woods with Bear Grylls, Zac Efron gave fans a dark look at the fallout from fame. How the anxiety born from constantly dealing the paparazzi led him to abuse drugs and alcohol.

“The challenging part was never the work — that was never it,” Efron told Grylls as the two reclined beside a crackling fire in the wilderness during an episode of NBC’s “Running Wild With Bear Grylls.” “It was sort of the in-between work. The social aspects outside it — I mean, everywhere you go to a certain extent there is press in some form.

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