Zac Efron's risky role fear

October 1st, 2010

Zac Efron is not willing to take on risky roles.

The 'High School Musical' star cites 'Shutter Island' actor Leonardo DiCaprio as his idol but admitted he would be unwilling to take on risky parts - such as a teen heroin addict in 'The Basketball Diaries' and a gay French poet in 'Total Eclipse' - like Leonardo did.

He said: "It's a different time now. It's harder to get those films made. Also is has to be roles that I can identify with and relate to. I wouldn't do it just to do it."

Zac also revealed he is finding it tough to bridge the gap between teen heartthrob and respected actor, and said he would love for a top director to guide his career.

The 22-year-old actor explained he would love to work with "a great director that's passionate about a project and has some kind of role for me. That's the best way to get involved because they already have a clear vision of what they want."

He also spoke about his uncertainty at forging a successful career as an adult actor.

He told The Times newspaper: "I'm committed to saying that I would like to do this forever but I'm also aware that that may not always be the case. I'm going to work hard to make sure it stays that way but who ultimately knows. I don't know what's going to happen."