In 2005, Efron got the lead part in a Disney Channel movie called High School Musical. Even though it had been supposed to function as usual Disney fare, it struck a chord with adoring crowds and became the most successful Disney Channel Original Film ever made, propelling Efron to additional stardom.
A bona fide teen idol, double-risk Efron has drawn comparisons to some young Cary Grant for his charm and sex appeal. His dad David, an electrical engineer, and mom Starla, an administrative assistant, met while working in the exact same nuclear power plant. The couple relocated to Arroyo Grande, California, a town about 200 miles north of La, to raise Zac and his smaller brother, Dylan.
At 11, a piano teacher understood Efron’s burgeoning ability and convinced him to pursue theatrical roles in the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. He auditioned for—and was later cast in—a little part in a long-running production of Gypsy. The character ignited his passion for performing, and his ongoing performances in other local productions earned him a contract using a talent agent.
In 2002, he made his first television appearance on the short lived series Firefly. The next year, he could be observed in the picture The Guardian, in addition to the pilot for Triple Play as well as the made-for-television movie Miracle Run.
Efron also starred as Cameron Bale, a show regular, on The WB’s Summerland (200405). Even though the show was cancelled in July 2005, Efron was still a routine media presence, with guest characters on NCIS (2003-), Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (200508) and CSI: Miami (2002 12). He also got a leading part in his first feature film, The Derby Stallion (2005).
In 2005, Efron landed another the lead character in a little, low budget movie for the Disney Channel called High School Musical. While on the set of the movie, he met co-star Vanessa Hudgens, as well as the two started dating beginning. The film debuted in January 2006, and although it had been meant to function as usual Disney fare, it surprisingly struck a chord with adoring crowds.
Finally understood as among the very most successful made-for-television movies ever, the film created unprecedented evaluations, a best selling soundtrack and dedicated supporters. Offers for playing parts and record deals followed, but Efron declined. He chose instead to take some time off to focus and grad from high school.
Controversy after erupted when sources revealed that Efron was not really responsible for expressing his High School Musical tunes, and that Canadian singer songwriter Drew Seeley was the real voice behind the character.
Director Adam Shankman almost passed on Efron for the character of golden boy Link Larkin—apparently, Shankman initially believed Efron was “also Disney”—but he later reconsidered. Appearing alongside John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and Queen Latifah, Efron once again thrilled devotees and helped the movie bring in almost $119 million domestically.
In a attempt to prevent typecasting, Efron chose to create a deviation from musicals. Yet, to honor his supporters, he consented to appear in High School Musical 3 (2008), the last episode of the trilogy.
While filming the lighthearted comedy 17 Again (2009), Efron had a near-critical encounter on the set. He returned to the set a just two days after operation to resume shooting. He followed the movie with consistent parts that have been geared towards a younger audience, including Charlie St. Cloud (2010) and The Lorax (2012).
In 2012, Efron started to play more mature characters, ultimately losing his Disney persona. That year, he took on the lead character yet again in the movie The Lucky One, opposite Taylor Schilling. Efron played a soldier stationed in Iraq who considers a picture he finds of a girl he does not understand, played by Schilling, is the motive that he is been able to live. Even though the movie did not get favorable reviews, Efron was recognized for his effort at leaving his sqeaky clean picture behind. In 2014, he played an infuriatingfrat lad opposite new suburban father Seth Rogen in the comedy Neighbors.