COME­BACK KID

Zac Efron talks camp­ing with his dad and putting on too much per­fume (yes, per­fume)

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I can see Zac Efron on our video chat— his eyes so icy blue that one glance could prob­a­bly keep your drink cool on a warm night— but I can’t hear him. This is a prob­lem, not just be­cause I forced the IT guy to sit with me un­til he made up an ex­cuse to leave, but be­cause Efron and I need to talk about Hugo Boss’s new bit­ter or­ange and wild tea-laced Hugo Iced Cologne, for which he is the am­bas­sador.

Efron, who went from cute singing bas­ket­baller in Dis­ney’s High School

Mu­si­cal to cer­ti­fied Bay­watch hunk in just over a decade, ap­pears to be on the cusp of his own McCon­ais­sance, à la Matthew McConaughey. He’s been tapped to play charm­ing se­rial killer Ted Bundy in Ex­tremely Wicked, Shock­ingly Evil and Vile, sig­nalling a ca­reer pivot. Killer as­pect aside, nail­ing the charm­ing bit won’t be hard for the 29-year- old ac­tor, who is af­fa­ble and goofy—when our au­dio fi­nally kicks in, he ad­mits to fall­ing off a tread­mill. “Hasn’t ev­ery­body?” he asks. Read on for more on Efron’s Fa­ther’s Day plans, high school mem­o­ries and love of vin­tage. Hugo Iced is about be­ing a trail­blazer; what does that mean to you? “I think of some­body like Bruce Lee: He paved the way for mar­tial arts in cinema in the ’70s and re­ally brought on a whole new era of fitness goals, tech­niques and phi­los­o­phy that melded Eastern and Western cul­tures. And he had a great act­ing ca­reer to boot— to boot! I just said to boot. [ Laughs] That’s Cana­dian, right?” What’s the first scent you ever got? “I was with my mom in a de­part­ment store. There were free sam­ples of fra­grances around, and I thought they were re­ally cool in their lit­tle tiny bot­tles. So I took all of them and col­lected them. I started putting them on at school—I thought I was, like, a man now be­cause I was wear­ing cologne. I guess I put on way too much and I smelled like a chick be­cause they were all women’s fra­grances. I got made fun of quite a bit for that.” Fa­ther’s Day is com­ing up; what are you plan­ning? “My dad and I love to go camp­ing and back­pack­ing. I might sur­prise him with a trip.” Where would you go? “Oh, well, that I def­i­nitely can’t tell you. It has to stay a sur­prise! But some­where with trees.” What style ad­vice has your dad given you? “‘ Quit steal­ing my socks,’ ‘ Those are way too big for you,’ and ‘Don’t wear that.’ I used to steal his clothes once I got big enough. I stole his Onit­suka Tiger sneak­ers, and wore them lit­er­ally ev­ery day in high school.” How has your style changed since you started work­ing in the in­dus­try? “It’s stayed rel­a­tively the same. I’ve al­ways en­joyed peo­ple that look clas­sic. Steve McQueen has al­ways been a fash­ion icon of mine, re­ally sim­ple. I think sim­plic­ity is ev­ery­thing. I like a lot of vin­tage now. There are a lot of places in Ja­pan to get cool stuff, so when I go there I find re­ally cool vin­tage.” It sounds like you’ve been into vin­tage for a while. “Yeah, since the day I stepped into my dad’s shoes.”

HUGO BOSS HUGO ICED COLOGNE, $95 (125 ML), THEBAY.COM

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