Zac Efron Confesses He Still Gets Stage Fright

By Nuzhat Naoreen

Zac Efron is far from new to the big screen. But that doesn’t mean that the Disney star, who no doubt left countless girls swooning with his portrayal of a sweet and sensitive basketball player in the "High School Musical" franchise, doesn't get nervous. Zac, who is starring in "Me and Orson Welles" (out in limited release this week), about a young man's start in Broadway, recently admitted to MTV News that he still gets jittery before going on camera.

"I definitely get stage fright," he said (as if he wasn't already endearing enough!). "That's part of the fun. That's what makes it interesting. It's sort of addicting, that feeling. You know you're alive."

He's not the only one who admits to the trait. His co-star in "Orson Welles," Claire Danes said she feels the same. "I get stage fright all the time," she said. "I did 'Pygmalion' [on Broadway] right before I shot this movie, which is really funny because I kind of got out of the habit of shooting on film and felt a little disoriented and vulnerable suddenly, and the camera seemed strange and alien. It's risky stuff, no matter how experienced you are. If you're daring to do something fresh and alive, you're very capable of falling on your face."

Both Zac and Claire can rest assured about one thing — their stage fright doesn't come through at all once the cameras start rolling, at least not to us!


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