Is Zac Efron Influential and Jason Priestley?

Time magazine’s May 11 issue lists the 100 most influential people in the world – with a list that includes Barack Obama, Bernie Madoff and Zac Efron, to name just a few. A number of guest contributors wrote about the most influential – with Bono writing about fellow activist George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey with a piece on Michelle Obama, and sound barrier breaker Chuck Yeager on the heroic “Sully” Sullenberger.

Claire Danes wrote of Zac Efron: “I suppose we all know that Zac, 21, is a song-and-dance man. What is less known – and what I had the privilege of learning firsthand – is that he is a performer of great subtlety and vulnerability… It seems Zac is not only an entertainer but also an artist. He is going to make us swoon for many years to come.”

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Considered as a heartthrob when he portrayed the role of Brandon Walsh in TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210″, Jason Priestley told “Valentine in the Morning” on L.A.’s 104.3 MYFM on Tuesday, April 28 that for the time being “Zac Efron is the new Jason Priestley.” Singing his praise for the Disney star, Jason said Zac inherits most of his qualities, but Zac has “better abs than” he ever had.

When comparing his younger years in Hollywood film industry with Zac’s period in the business, Jason frankly expressed his concern. “It’s so different,” he stated. “So much harsher now than it was for us. Brutal. The paparazzi that stalk these poor kids – and they’re kids! You know what I mean?”

“My belief has always been it’s about the work. The fame should always be a by product of quality work,” he continued. “Don’t get into this business with the hopes of becoming famous,” he added when offering advice for younger stars. “If you get into this business with the sole purpose of becoming famous, you’re going to find that fame is empty and hollow and you’ll end up naked and strung out on the streets of downtown Los Angeles.”

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