It's been five years since
Yet even with his
So when reports broke this week that Efron, now 25, allegedly had completed two secret stints in rehab for a cocaine addiction, the Internet freaked out. Sure, he'd once admitted to Jimmy Kimmel that he frequented strip clubs, but
In April, he did a fair amount of press alongside Dennis Quaid to promote
These allegations come as Efron finally looks to segue to more adult roles. Indeed, he has yet to become one of Hollywood’s go-to leading men, and that has reportedly troubled him. (According to
Efron was hoping "At Any Price" — which failed to break out at the box office, with fewer than $500,000 in ticket sales — would be the first of many films to show in him a more sophisticated light. Earlier this month, he traveled to the
But though Efron seems intent on proving his more serious acting chops, he has always found better luck at the box office in all-ages comedies. Outside of the "Musical" franchise, his biggest commercial hits have been a 2007 "Hairspray" remake and "
Perhaps in an effort to play to his strengths, Efron this spring completed shooting the R-rated "Neighbors," about a newlywed couple who move into a house next to a fraternity. (It was on the L.A. set of the film that Efron's drug habit allegedly got out of control, according to TMZ, which said the actor "was a no-show on a number of days.") Coincidentally, he plays a beer-chugging party animal in the film, and when Universal Pictures debuted the trailer online earlier this month fans seemed to be responding positively to a less inhibited — and oft-shirtless — Efron, though it remains to be seen if one can sell a good-times comedy after the more serious tabloid reports.
Mark Olsen contributed to this report.