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    Zac Efron Feeling "Great" After Addiction Admission: "It Was a Weight Off My Chest"

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    Zac Efron has no regrets about his addiction revelations in a recent Hollywood Reporter cover story.

    The actor appeared on NBC's Today Monday, where he spoke to Matt Lauer about the levity he feels now that his secret is out. "Actually, it was a weight off my chest. It was great. It was a fantastic time. It was a rough year," he said. "It's kind of funny: Neighbors is such a great icing on the cake for all of this. I was able to kind of channel all of that and put it back into this movie. I feel great. I feel really blessed to be here working with this group of group of guys. I couldn't be better right now. I'm really excited."

    Co-star Dave Franco is thrilled to see the former High School Musical star exploring his range. "I'm really excited for Zac because I know a lot of people have this preconception of who he is, and once you see this movie, I think his teenybopper image is going to be completely shattered," he said. "All these new projects that wouldn't have come to him otherwise are just going to flood towards him."

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    Efron, too, is looking forward to showing audiences that he's more than just a Disney Channel star. His professional ambitions aside, Efron told The Hollywood Reporter that he recently joined Alcoholics Anonymous and has also been seeing a therapist. "I just started going," he revealed. "And I think it's changed my life. I'm much more comfortable in my own skin. Things are so much easier now."

    "Without those moments where you feel like your lowest, it's impossible to appreciate the high ones," he said. "But I sit here in front of you today much happier and healthier than I've probably ever been."

    Neighbors' Seth Rogen will appear on Today Wednesday.

    (E! and Today are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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