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Zac Efron Discusses The Advice Leonardo DiCaprio Gave Him About Being Famous

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By Joe Allen

Zac Efron has been famous for more than a decade, and he knows what it's like to be a teenage heartthrob. The former "High School Musical" star is more familiar with fame than many, but there was a time in his life when even Efron needed some help.

In an episode of "Hot Ones," Efron discussed the time when Leonardo DiCaprio offered him some advice on how to handle fame. In the interview, Efron explains how his discussion with DiCaprio started.

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He explained to host Sean Evans that he first met DiCaprio at a Lakers game in 2008, and that meeting eventually led to the two of them having breakfast.

"'So he wrote his phone number down and handed it to me while the other team was scoring and nobody saw and I took it," Efron said. He also said that DiCaprio made the breakfast himself, and after overcooking some waffles, the two of them sat down to discuss the pressures that fame brings with it.

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"I had, like, a billion questions for him at that point," Efron said. "Definitely dealing with too much paparazzi presence in my life and, like, sitting next to Leo I was just like, 'Dude how have you handled this for so long?'"

Efron said that he was surprised by DiCaprio's response. "Frankly, you're getting it a little bit different," DiCaprio said. He continued by explaining that there were never as many cars outside his house as there were when Efron was there.

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"I saw in his eyes a little bit of the feeling that I consistently was having all the time which was just, like, stress and anxiety and he was like, 'Don’t worry about it man. You’re good,'" Efron said.

He also told Evans how important that conversation was for him at the time. "I really appreciate that he took that time. It made me feel good about it. It helped me a little bit," Efron said as he reflected on the story.

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"That’s the biggest hand you can extend I feel like in Hollywood, is looking out for somebody younger," Efron continued. "So rock on Leo. Thank you, buddy."

Efron was on "Hot Ones" as part of his promotion for the new Quibi series "Killing Zac Efron." The series, which is set to launch with the rest of Quibi on April 6, will see the actor contending with the natural world. It will be one of several star-studded programs to launch with the new service.

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