- Zac Efron appeared in the latest episode of the YouTube series “Hot Ones” and spoke about the time he found himself sitting next to Leonardo DiCaprio during an NBA game in November 2008.
- Efron said DiCaprio gave him his number and invited him to his home for breakfast the next day.
- He also said he asked the “Titanic” star how to deal with his fame and frequent paparazzi attention.
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Zac Efron said Leonardo DiCaprio gave him his number while on the pitch at a basketball game 12 years ago and invited him to have breakfast at his house the next day.
“We weren’t talking at the time and then I was just going to wait for him, and sure enough he had his hat on and when the ball went to the other side he was like, ‘Hey man, is do you want to go have breakfast tomorrow? ”” Efron remembers, appearing in the last episode of “Hot Ones”.
On the YouTube series, celebrities are interviewed while eating wings dipped in increasingly hot sauces. Host Sean Evans asked Efron to explain the story behind a photo of himself and DiCaprio during an NBA game in Los Angeles in November 2008.
“He wrote down his phone number and then handed it to me while the other team scored and no one saw it and I took it,” Efron said of the moment on the pitch. “He made me breakfast the next day at his house.”
The 32-year-old actor went on to say that DiCaprio burned the waffles he was cooking and then made pancakes.
“I definitely had a billion questions for him at that point,” Efron added. “I really have to deal with too much paparazzi presence in my life.”
Efron’s breakout role came in 2006, when he starred as Troy Bolton, a basketball play with a love for singing, in Disney Channel’s “High School Musical”. The film was a hit for the network and led to two sequels released in 2007 and 2008. The success of the franchise led to Efron becoming a global star, with millions of fans and paparazzi following his every move. .
On “Hot Ones,” Efron said he sought advice from DiCaprio, but the veteran actor admitted the star has a different kind of fame than himself.
Like Efron, DiCaprio has also become a Hollywood idol. But his fame skyrocketed after playing the role of Jack Dawson in James Cameron’s 1997 film “Titanic,” which came out long before the age of social media and the growing intensity of fame.
“I pulled over and some cars followed me,” Efron continued, talking about what happened when he met DiCaprio. “It was just a normal routine, walk out of the driveway and 10 cars would follow. He was like, ‘Yeah, there’s never that many cars in here’ and he was like, ‘This is crazy man. “”
The ‘Greatest Showman’ star went on to say, “I saw in his eyes a little the feeling that I had constantly all the time, which was stress and anxiety, and he was like, ‘ Don’t worry about that, man. You are good. ‘”
“I really appreciate that he took this time and made me feel good, helped me out a bit,” Efron said. “It’s the biggest hand you can reach out if you’re in Hollywood, it’s looking for someone younger.”
Watch the full “Hot Ones” video below (Efron on DiCaprio at 12:05 pm).