A former Disney star appears to be back at work after completing rehab for what is being reported as a cocaine problem. People magazine reports that Zac Efron, who became a teen heartthrob after starring in the Disney Channel original movie "High School Musical," completed a rehab stint about five months ago and has been keeping a low profile since then.
"The actor — who recently walked the carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival — is ‘doing great,’ a source tells People. ‘He’s taking care of himself and it shows,’" the magazine reports. The report adds that Efron "hasn’t been seen out and about on the nightclub scene as of late."
TMZ.com reports that Efron’s problem was cocaine, not alcohol, which was originally thought to be the issue.
Efron, 25, "did not go to rehab for alcohol abuse — it was far more serious, because multiple sources tell TMZ he had a serious cocaine addiction," the website reports. "Zac completed his stint in rehab earlier this year. We’re told the problem spiraled out of control during the filming of Seth Rogen’s movie ‘Neighbors,’ which was shot during a narrow time frame beginning in April."
The TMZ report cites sources saying Efron was a no-show at times during production. "As one source connected with the film tells us, ‘It was common knowledge he was struggling with cocaine,’" the piece notes, adding: "Three other sources confirm … Zac’s problem was rooted in cocaine, but say he also dabbled in Molly — a pure form of Ecstasy, and a popular drug in clubs and raves."
Efron will soon be seen as one of the stars of a high-profile project about the JFK assassination, Tom Hanks’ "Parkland," which opens in the U.S. next month. People quotes him talking to USA Today about working on the movie, saying: "It’s really a surreal experience for me. It feels very mature and really interesting. It’s a whole different kind of filmmaking and I feel blessed to have been a part of it."