Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron says he is not afraid to play a gay character in the future and backs same-sex marriage.
The actor, who is next seen starring alongside Nicole Kidman in the 1960s-set film The Paperboy, told The Advocate he is always looking for 'challenging' new roles.
'I’d never take a role just for the sake of playing gay,' he said.
'But I’m always looking for a role that’s challenging, different, and entails some risk, so there’s no doubt in my mind that one of those characters will be gay at some point in the future.
'It’s always interesting to delve into unexplored territory and that would be a new avenue for me. I definitely wouldn’t be afraid.'
A picture of the 24-year-old wearing a pro-gay marriage t-shirt circulated the web last year. But despite the photo being fake, Efron says he does support same-sex marriage.
'It’s an issue that affects so many people in my life — a lot of my close friends and some of the most influential people around me,' he said.
'I just want them all to be happy. It would make me so happy to see them able to live their lives and do what they want to do.'
Efron recently got pulses racing when pictures of him dancing in nothing but a pair of wet, white briefs hit the internet.
He admitted that, similar to co-star Matthew McConaughey in Lucky Mike, he was able to handpick his underpants for the role in The Paperboy.
'It’s a period movie, so there weren’t really a lot of choices,' he said.
'Initially, I wondered if my character would even wear underwear at all. But that would’ve been a very different movie.'
Watch a trailer for The Paperboy below: