People who know me will know I'm an extremely serious person. I mean, I'm a writer, ok? I want to shine a light on the stories that Australia's mainstream media misses. The insidious power imbalance between YouTubers and their fans. Why we shouldn't be shocked by skin colour concerns supposedly coming from the British royal family. And our wanton refusal to admit that Paul Rudd pretty much looks the age he is.
But for some reason, there's nothing I enjoy more than a good Zac Efron update. I mean, what is he up to this time, this man who was in High School Musical (2006) and High School Musical 2 (2007), both movies that I haven't seen? Is he wandering about Adelaide, for some reason? Or maybe just stoked to be in front of a caravan? Oh, look! He's carrying a kangaroo!
I don't think I'm alone in being comforted by Zac Efron's existence. Remember the South Australians who found solace in Zac being trapped in lockdown with them? Or his genuine concern for the wellbeing of an 'old lady' when he was Punk'd? This is to say nothing of the fact he's never ripped into the vast global network of High School Musical stans, and somehow managed to exude wholesome vibes while playing role of a serial killer.
Zac Efron is basically the Emily in Paris of beats. You never know what Zefron-related-news the day will regale us with next, but you know it won't be stressful. Every one of the actor's Australian updates conjures up the image of a toned down fantasy world where nothing is that deep, demanding or insurmountable.
I mean, why be stressed out about the bloody AstraZeneca vaccine when you can get a silly haircut? Better yet, why not hang out with three little pigs? Or even pick up a Tasmanian devil? See? It's actually all going to be ok, after all.
What have I learnt from reporting on Zac Efron? Simply that the man can do no wrong.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @purpletank.