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Zac Efron says Leonardo DiCaprio taught him how to cope with fame and the paparazzi


Leonardo DiCaprio (right) helped Zac Efron (left) learn to cope with fame (Picture: Getty)

Zac Efron revealed Leonardo DiCaprio reached out to him when he first got famous to help him cope with the attention. 

The Baywatch star, 32, says Leo invited him for breakfast in 2008 to give him some tips on how to cope with the way his life had changed. 

Appearing on Hot Ones, Zac revealed the pair met at an LA Lakers basketball game: ‘I was just kind of going to wait for him [to talk] and sure enough he had his hat down low and then as soon as the ball went to the other side he was like, “Hey man, do you want to go get breakfast tomorrow?” 

‘And I was like, “Yeah, dude.” 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.’ 

Zac says he went to Leo’s home in Hollywood, where the Titanic star showed off his questionable cooking skills. 

He added: ‘He cooked waffles and then he burnt those and then we made pancakes. It was awesome. 

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

‘And he was like, “Frankly, you’re getting it a little bit different.”’

Zac had been followed to Leo’s by 10 cars of photographers, which even Leo doesn’t have to contend with.

Zac found fame in High School Musical (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

‘He was like, “Yeah, there’s never this many cars here … That’s insane dude.” And I saw in his eyes a little bit of the feeling that I consistently was having all the time, which was just stress and anxiety. 

‘And he was like, “Don’t worry about it, man. You’re good.”’

Zac added: ‘I really appreciate that he took that time. He made me feel good about it, helped me a little bit. 

‘That’s the biggest hand you can extend if you’re in Hollywood, looking out for somebody younger. 

‘So rock on, Leo. Thank you, buddy.’

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