If you're buying tickets to Charlie St. Cloud in hopes of another Troy Bolton flick, be warned: There's no song and dance here. Teen heartthrob Zac Efron's performance in this summer's romantic drama is a far cry from his High School Musical days, or even Hairspray. Expect some tears, but never fear: The dance moves may be sidelined, but not the acting chops. And those jaw-dropping good looks? Those are here to stay.
RB: Your first appearance on The Oprah Show was in January 2006 for your role in Hairspray. How has your life changed since we first met you?

ZE: I've had one of the busiest years of my life with three movies in a row—I'll never do that again—but I've grown a ton. I've learned a lot about myself, about acting. I think I have my head on a little more straight now. I have a better sense of what I want to do.


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