Tom Cruise and Zac Efron bond over motorcycles
August 9th, 2010
01:54 PM ET

Tom Cruise and Zac Efron bond over motorcycles

Forget all those screaming teenage girls – Zac Efron just might have his biggest fan in Tom Cruise.

In the September issue of Details magazine, Efron, 22, recalls an incident in which Cruise, 48, flagged him down in the lobby of the CAA talent agency and invited him to hang out.

"You ride motorcycles?" Cruise asked. When the “Charlie St. Cloud” star admitted that he didn’t, the "Top Gun" actor replied, “You wanna learn how?”

And so they made a date to hang at Cruise’s pad, where Efron went riding, was taught how a bike’s engine works and got a peek at the superstar’s impressive motorcycle collection – including the Triumphs he rode in the “Mission: Impossible” flicks.

As for why he thinks Cruise took him under his wing, Efron tells Details, “I don’t know. I don't even want to know. It's just so cool that he gave a [expletive], the fact that he cared at all. No one else did that."

Speaking of giving a [expletive], it sounds like Efron wouldn't mind if he gave less of one sometimes...a bit like Shia LaBeouf.

"I’m so jealous of that,” Efron said of the actor's attitude, although he doesn’t know LaBeouf personally. “Yeah, that’s awesome to not give a [expletive]. And Shia still pulls it off. That’s so cool. It’s just awesome. It just comes easy to some people.”

One thing that didn't come very easily for Efron, however, was calling up Kenny Ortega to turn down a role in a remake of "Footloose."

“[A]ll the things I loved about 'Footloose' I couldn’t find in the project," Efron explained. "They just weren’t there. I couldn’t see myself doing it. I love Kenny (Ortega) with all my heart, it was literally the hardest phone call I’ve ever made.”

When it comes to his love life, Efron - who is still dating fellow former "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens - said that while other guys may enjoy playing the Hollywood field, he's not like that.

"Believe me, I rack my brain thinking ‘Why am I not out there playing the field?’ One of my buddies was like, ‘You have no idea what’s going on right now. You’re peaking on Ecstasy and you’re watching TV.’ But it’s not in my heart," Efron said.

His relationship with Hudgens, he added, is "exactly how it should be. It’s real.”

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. AL

    Be sure to use fuel treatment in your motorcycle. Don't matter which. Untreated fuel will destroy your motorcycle engine.

    February 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ace

    Well, isn't that special !!

    August 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Arglebargle

    That's so sweet of Tommy Boy to take cute little Zac under his Scientologist wing, hanging out at Tommy Boy's pad and all.
    Gosh, doesn't it just give you butterflies? Pretty soon they'll be working out together and hitting the steam room together.
    Ah, manly men doing manly things together.

    August 10, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. mary

    he is so sweet and incredibly hot! I been crushing on him since 17 again.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. N

    I read the rest of that interview and, Oof. You remember when Jessica Biel tried to make herself look more mature by posing in a men's magazine but everyone was like "Wow, Jessica, way to try too hard?" This is Zac Efron's Maxim spread.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |

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