Updated: Tuesday, 06 May 2014 14:00 | By Bang

Zac Efron: 'Matthew McConaughey sat me down like a big brother'

Matthew McConaughey helped Zac Efron find a work/life balance after he sat him down and helped him realise there's more to life than work.


Matthew McConaughey helped Zac Efron find a work/life balance after he sat him down and helped him realise there's more to life than work.

Matthew McConaughey helped Zac Efron find a work/life balance after he sat him down and helped him realise there's more to life than work.

Matthew McConaughey helped Zac Efron find a work/life balance.

The hunky actor has credited his 'The Paperboy' co-star - who is a doting husband and father to three children - with sitting him down and helping him realise there's more to work than making back-to-back movies.

Zac told GLAMOUR magazine: ''During filming, Matthew and I had a lot of time to talk. We talked about life. He got me thinking, because for the past few years, I've been so focused on movies and work. I guess I'm compulsive like that.

''Matthew was the first person to sit me down like a big brother and say, 'Are you happy? What do you want to do with your life, man?' He'd say, 'Let's go do something fun today.' All I'm thinking is, 'Let's go rehearse!' I realised that there was something else I wasn't tuned in to.''

One thing that keeps Zac grounded is a good workout, and he often hits the gym to lift weights.

The 26-year-old star said: ''That's my thing. It's part of my life. It's what I do and always have done.''

Zac also enjoys taking trips to remote locations by himself.

He added: ''I like to sneak off to really remote places in the world and just chill. I kind of feel that travelling is how I'm able to stay real and grounded.''

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