(11-06-2011 09:59 AM)d. b. wilyumz Wrote: This is actually a profound question.
No, in Zac Efron's case, I don't think a fan can be a friend. A fan is fixated on Zac for his looks and public image, attributes which have nothing to do with friendship. Zac is a nice guy who doesn't like to disappoint people, so he's nice to his fans. But that's part of his work life, not his personal life. Who knows what his needs are when it comes to friendship.
There's almost nothing Zac can talk about with fans, especially younger fans, that isn't related to his work and celebrity. A guy his age needs friends his age to talk about the things that concern young men.
A better question is, Can Zac have any friends? Zac is friendly with a lot of people, but he probably has fewer and fewer real friends. There may be a couple left from high school, but they're getting jobs, getting married, moving on, and their lives are so different from his that they can hardly relate anymore – all they share now are memories.
Then there are all his Show Biz acquaintances, former cast mates and other people he's worked with, but those relationships can be awkward. He's doing a lot better than many of his former cast mates, and that can be hard on friendship (married couples have gotten divorced because one was more successful than the other). And then there's the chaotic lifestyle; when he's in town, they're not, and vice versa. So he meets these people for lunch once or twice a year or goes out for a night of whoopee if they're both in the same city at the same time. Zac can enjoy a busy social life, but it may not include any true friends - the people you sit up with after the party and talk about Life, the Universe, and Everything until dawn.
Zac had one real friend, someone he could talk to every day about everything, but that relationship was complicated by its romantic dimensions. It's probably a good thing he's close with his family; his mom and dad may be the only people he can totally trust and with whom he can really discuss his hopes and fears.
I would love to know what you are basing this observation on, the fact you believe he has no friends