MAKENA, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) – Malika Dudley interviews Zac Efron on his award for Shining Star Thursday night at the Maui Film Festival.
Malika Dudley: Aloha everyone we're here with Zac Efron. You might have heard of him, "High School Musical 1, 2, 3," "17 Again,."I know I've seen them all, I'm a big fan. So, you're being honored as the Shining Star this evening. What does that mean to you?
Zac Efron: It's huge you know, I was so excited to be invited to Maui. I love it here, I've had so many great experiences in the past, but this trip has blown my mind. We've done so much and it means a lot. I've gotta be honest my first reaction was, it's a big honor and I'm really deserving, but the Maui Film Festival is all about trust the future. So I'm happy that you guys trust enough in me to give me this honor and I'm gonna try and go out there and make some good movies for you guys in the future.
MD: Well, obviously that goes right in line with you, people think you're going to do great things in the future, not that you haven't done great things in the past. But you can see as evidence of your fan base up there that people here in Hawaii love you. What's coming up next for you?
ZE: Well, "Charlie St. Cloud" is coming out July 30th, I can't wait for everybody to see the movie. It's a different sort of role and a different kind of movie. It's all about family, about living your life to the fullest, and it's great, it's supernatural, adventurous, and a lot of twists and turns. So it's something to look forward to.
MD: Ooh a little tease ahead. Lastly, I know you've been to Hawaii several times, you're a surfer, what keeps you coming back?
ZE: Everything, just in general this is the kind of place where you can come and never leave. I really enjoy the vibe here. Everyone I meet is so great to talk to. All the places I've seen, we've done so much since we've been here. Everyday its like get up at 7:00 AM, by 8 o'clock I'm passed out because we did so much. Like surfing, this crazy hike through the jungle and went cliff jumping on these 30-foot cliffs into cool pools of water, it was amazing. So I've just had the best time.