Zac Efron: I'm Not a Heartthrob!

Celebrity News Mar. 31, 2012 AT 10:12AM
Zac Efron: I'm Not a Heartthrob! Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Since he burst on the scene with Disney's High School Musical in 2006, Zac Efron has been a crush object for tweens, teens, and yes, grown women everywhere.

Still, during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning airing April 1, Efron, 24, makes it clear he's pretty uncomfortable with his teen idol status.

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"For those of us who will never be a heartthrob, just explain what that's like," correspondent Tracy Smith jokingly asks the actor.

"I can't explain to you what it's like to be a heartthrob, [because] I don't think I am a heartthrob," the New Year's Eve star tells the host. "I hate [that word]. I hate it. It follows you around, but you don't deserve it. It's like, 'Why?'"

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How does Efron define himself? "I'm just me," he insists. "I'm just Zac. Just Zac."

Though he rejects the heartthrob label, Efron accidentally revealed he has an active enough personal life in an embarrassing red carpet incident last month. At The Lorax premiere Feb. 19, Efron dropped a condom in front of cheering fans.

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"I never had a pocket-checking policy prior to going on the red carpet before," Efron told Matt Lauer during a Today show appearance later that week. "But now we [have] fully instated one!"

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