Zac Efron

Zac Efron


10/18/1987, San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Birth Name

Zachary David Alexander Efron


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Zac Efron is an American actor. He was born in San Luis Obispo, California on October 18, 1987 to David Efron and Starla Baskett. One day Zac went on a road trip and his parents turned the radio on and Zac began singing along. His parents then asked…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2009, Zac admitted to being starstruck by Angelina Jolie. He says he "turns into a fifth grader" every time he talks to her.

    • In 2009, Zac purchased a new home in Los Angeles worth more than $2.2 million.

    • Zac is ranked #11 in AIM's "100 Celebs Under 25".

    • From within fastfood items, Zac claims that he cannot live without Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carl's Jr., or In-N-Out.

    • According to Zac, if there would be a movie version of his life, his role would be played by Pierce Brosnan.

    • Zac's first celebrity crush is Tyra Banks.

    • Zac was one of the many presenters at the 2008 Screen Actor's Guild Awards, or the SAG's.

    • Zac was rushed to the hospital on January 15th, 2008 with apendicitis and had to have his appendix taken out.

    • Zac attended the 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards on January 5th, 2008 with his High School Musical co-star and girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens.

    • Zac donated many items to Rocky Stone, which were to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.

    • At The 9th Annual Family Television Awards, Zac won the award for the Best Actor for his performance in High School Musical 2.

    • Zac says that the five songs everyone should have on their iPod is You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson, Weapon of Choice by Fat Boy Slim, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, Boston by Augustana, and Digital Love by Daft Punk.

    • The first concert Zac ever went to was a Wallflowers concert.

    • Zac says the most famous person in his phone is Ian McKellen. Zac refers to Ian as a hero of his.

    • Zac's paternal grandfather was Jewish, and his surname, "Efron", means "lark" (a type of bird) in Hebrew. The rest of Zac's ancestry includes English, German, Irish, and Scottish. In a Rolling Stone interview, Zac stated that he was raised agnostic, which is the belief that it is impossible to know if God exists or not.

    • One of Zac's favorite things about the sixties is the emergence of rock and roll. Zac thought that since Elvis defined sixties rock and roll he should base his character in Hairspray, Link Larkin on Elvis. Because of this, he practiced thrusting his hips at home in front of his mirror.

    • While filming the song What Time is It? for High School Musical 2 a desk fell on Zac's foot and it got really swollen.

    • Zac attended the 2007 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.

    • Zac and Queen Latifah presented the Favorite Movie award at the 20th Annual Kid's Choice Awards.

    • When Zac was a kid, he stole his mother's Victoria Secret magazine and tore out a picture of supermodel, Tyra Banks and taped it to his bedroom ceiling.

    • Zac appeared in Vanessa Hudgen's music video for Say OK as her love interest.

    • One year for Halloween, Zac was a giant trash can. He would be inside the trash can and his friends would wheel him around to doorsteps. His friends would ring the doorbell and when the people inside opened it, Zac would jump out of the trash can and scare everyone. Zac thought it was pretty funny.

    • Zac appeared on the third season of Dancing with the Stars alongside Ashley Tisdale. He was in the audience supporting his fellow High School Musical castmate, Monique Coleman.

    • Zac attended the World Cup in Germany with Corbin Bleu.

    • Zac attended the 31st Annual Toronto International Film Festival with a co-star of Hairspray, Brittany Snow.

    • Zac has been on the cover of every major American teen girl magazine. He has been on the covers of BOP, Tigerbeat, M, Popstar, AstroGirl, J-14, Quizfest, Teen Dream, Twist, TV Guide, Cosmo Girl, and many more.

    • The dogtag necklace that Zac wears a lot was a gift from his friend and crush, Paula Abdul and it is from her line of jewelry. It says "Reach for the Stars" on the front and "You might just become one!" on the back.

    • Zac says in school he was a bookworm and a nerd. However, some of his teachers say he was also a joker and Zac agrees.

    • Out of movies, television, or theater Zac likes doing theater the best.

    • To warm up before singing Zac drinks lemon water and sings the word bumblebee in different notes.

    • Zac once got detention. His Spanish teacher gave him a week to write an essay about himself! He wrote a fictional essay about being raised by wolves and brought to earth by a spaceship. His teacher got really angry and sent him to detention.

    • When asked about what was the weirdest dream he's ever had Zac said he could think of two. In one Zac was underwater. He could breathe and talk to fish. The fish talked back and said "Hey Zac, What's up?". In the other one, Zac was in Super Mario Brothers for Super Nintendo and won.

    • In the October 2006 issue of BOP, Zac revealed his pet peeve which is cigarettes. He hates being around other smokers and smelling smoke.

    • Zac's publicist is Jeff Ballard. Jeff's past clients include Johnny Depp and Paula Abdul! When Jeff met Zac on the set of Summerland he was blown away by his acting talent and boy-next-door charm. Jeff says Zac reminds him of Johnny Depp because he likes to work and doesn't take himself too seriously.

    • Zac's most prized possession is his Gibson Guitar and his autographed baseball collection.

    • Zac likes confident girls. He has crushes on Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls, Paula Abdul, and Lori Loughlin. However, his dream lady is Jessica Alba.

    • After the Emmys, Zac and the High School Musical cast attended the California Governor's Ball.

    • According to Monique Coleman, who played Taylor McKessie in High School Musical Zac is a big prankster. Once they were in New York and Zac told her there was someone who really wanted to talk to her so she opened the door and there were paparazzi.

    • Zac had to cut and dye his hair jet black for his role of Link Larkin in Hairspray. He also had to gain 15 pounds of muscle.

    • Zac's first kiss was in 5th grade during a game of Truth or Dare.

    • Zac's guilty pleasures are comic books, video games, watching Survivor and American Idol.

    • Zac is the first ever artist to debut with two songs on the Billboard Hot 100. They were Get'cha Head In The Game and Breaking Free. The next week he had five song credits on the chart: Get'cha Head In The Game, Breaking Free, Start Of Something New, What I've Been Looking For: Reprise, and We're All In This Together.

    • When Zac was in high school he did his best to attend class while having an acting career. When he was on set he did his work over the phone and online.

    • Zac says he can't start the day right without a morning jog (which he does shirtless most of the time).

    • Zac shortly wore removable braces to reduce the gap between his teeth.

    • Zac has said if he could work with any actress he wanted to it would be either Reese Witherspoon or Catherine Zeta-Jones.

    • Zac mostly based the character of Steven Morgan in the movie Miracle Run on an autistic person he knows. He also read a book on the learning disability.

    • Zac has said his first priority is to establish himself as an actor. He is not looking for a record label and has said he may do an album in the future however he would write the songs himself.

    • Zac used to travel to San Francisco and go to the Giants' stadium with his father and little brother. He would catch fly balls and wait in the parking lot for the players to sign them. His autographed baseball collection has signitures from every player for the Giants for the past 10 years.

    • Zac and Vanessa Anne Hudgens won "Best TV Chemistry" at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards.

    • Zac won the award for "Choice TV Breakout Star" at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards.

    • Zac was featured in the music video for the song Sick Inside by Hope Partlow.

    • Zac attended the Pirates Of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest premiere in Walt Disney World.

    • When filming the scene where Troy and Gabriella were supposed to kiss in High School Musical, Corbin didn't step in and Zac and Vanessa kissed.

    • Zac's grandfather gave him three cars: a '90s Oldsmobile Alero, an orange red '65 Mustang and this silver DeLorean that he's restoring. He currently drives an Audi.

    • Zac plays the piano. The first song that he learned how to play was Heart And Soul.

    • Zac once accidentally cut off one of his eyebrows in fifth grade while working with scissors. He then cut the other one to make them match. He got teased a lot by his classmates about it.

    • Zac was offered a record deal by Simon Cowell but he declined saying "acting is my main priority".

    • Zac has had supporting roles in several television pilots such as Triple Play and The Big, Wide World Of Carl Laemke. However neither show was picked up! Zac's most recent pilot was a show titled If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now. Zac played the role of Cody, a teenager who moves to LA with his mother, a stripper who doesn't want her son to know what she does. However the show was not picked up by Fox and the pilot might not even air!

    • Zac and the rest of the High School Musical cast attended the opening of the Expedition Everest Ride in Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida on April 7th, 2006.

    • Zac attended the 2006 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards.

    • To prepare for the singing and dancing in the Disney Channel movie High School Musical Zac and his costars had intense dancing, singing, acting, and basketball rehearsals. They woke up at 6 in the morning and worked until 6 at night.

    • Zac likes to karaoke to Man I Feel Like A Woman by Shania Twain.

    • When Zac was a kid he played in both basketball and baseball leagues. However, he was bad at both.

    • Zac had never ridden a horse before he did The Derby Stallion.

    • After Zac landed the role of Cameron on Summerland he got a wetsuit and a surfboard for Christmas.

    • Zac's mom and dad are both electrical engineers. They met while working at the same powerplant.

    • Zac was his Summerland costar, Kay Panabaker's, very first kiss. She has said "Then I told him it was my first kiss ever. He said, 'Really? I hope I didn't ruin it for you.' And he didn't."

    • Zac says that his first financial splurge was when he was in the sixth grade. He bought an electric scooter. It bankrupted him.

    • Zac is friends with Jesse McCartney. However, since they both have to travel for work they don't see each other often.

    • One time when Zac went golfing with his brother he was reaching into a hole to get his ball when his brother yelled "snake!" and he almost passed out in fear.

    • He auditioned for High School Musical with the song Let Me Love You by Mario.

    • Zac has two Australian Shepards named Dreamer and Puppy and a Siamese cat named Simon. Dreamer died in the summmer of 2008.

    • Zac has a younger brother named Dylan who is 4 years younger then him but Zac likes to treat Dylan his age or as his dad says "stoop to his level".

    • Zac taught himself to play the guitar.

    • Zac played an autistic twin named Steven Morgan in the Lifetime TV movie Miracle Run. For his performance in the movie Zac was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance In A TV Movie, Miniseries, Special By A Supporting Young Actor.

    • Zac is 5 feet 9 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • Zac: (about rejecting the lead role for the "Footloose" remake) I wanted a new challenge, and this was another musical. Not that I'm done with musicals in any way. I just want to try different things.

    • Zac: I wouldn't call myself hot. I looked about 10 years old until the summer of my junior year [of high school]. I also used to go shopping at Goodwill. I would always come home with some ugly flannel that was too big for me, but I felt rebellious wearing it. My mom hated it. I look back now, and I think I just looked like an idiot.

    • Zac: (about his teen days) I wore goofy hats to school and did musical theater. Most people thought I was a dork. But if you have a sense of humor about it, no one can bring you down.

    • Zac: (about the hardest part of doing musicals) Oh man, I don't know. It's all fun, and the hardest part is probably the most fun part, as well. It's the's like high school, you know? You come together with your best group of friends, and then you end it. It's like a really good summer camp.

    • Zac: Great advice comes from people that have been around a lot longer than you.

    • Zac: (following rumours he would follow in Daniel Radcliffe's shoes and star in Broadway play 'Equus') Daniel was very ballsy. Oh wow, that is the wrong choice of word for that! He is very smart. But I don't know if I would do something edgy for the sake of doing something edgy. I think as I mature, so will my roles. I think it will come with time. I'm not going to do anything drastic.

    • Zac: (admitting he's not a great dancer) I grew up being into sports and I wasn't trained to move my body in the right way for dancing. I'm the last one to get any moves correct. In rehearsals it's always, 'OK, one more take for Zac.'

    • Zac: (refuting claims he doesn't shower) I assure you I showered this morning - minutes before I got here. And I do it every day. Sometimes twice. So, that's kind of funny. But my dad was kind of like razzing me for it. I can't help but laugh!

    • Zac: A fan sent me a letter and a $10 bill. It's a short letter--all she said was, "Hey, since it's harder for you to go out these days without getting photographed, here $10 for a pizza." I was like, "Aww, she sent me money for a pizza so I could eat at home!"

    • Zac: There's probably one instance I can think of when singing to a girl worked for me I've tried. As for dancing, you can't really go up to a girl and bust into a cool dance move.

    • Zac: I'm a guy, but I'm not afraid to cry. Not all of the time. But when I'm watching a movie, I'll sometimes shed a tear, especially Moulin Rouge.

    • Zac: I love where I'm at with my fans. So when I look at projects (like Footloose and Seveteen), I try to take that audience and bring them on new and fun adventures.

    • Zac: I met a girl through the Ronald McDonald House charities in August [2007]. She was just very, very sweet. It was flattering because she knew all about HSM 2 before it came out, and she seemed genuinely excited. It makes me glad that everyone in HSM 2 is opening up an outlet for kids to explore music.

    • Zac: I don't know if I believe in love at first sight, but of course I believe in two people having chemistry right away. A girl should be really easy to talk to. When I lose track of time because we've been talking, I think that's really fun.

    • Zac: One time I went into a restroom and a girl followed me in. I signed an autograph for her in the sink. It was pretty funny because she was in a guy's restroom and she wasn't embarrassed at all.

    • Zac: I think if you're fame-hungry, go out to a nightclub and get drunk...why do that? I don't understand how some people would want fame so bad that they'd go out and get negative attention to earn it.

    • Zac: You always have to remember that bullies want to bring you down because you have something that they admire. Also, when you get made fun of-when people point out your weaknesses, it's an opportunity for you to rise above.

    • Zac: (On his song 'Ladies' Choice') The songwriters decided to give Link a cool, upbeat, Elvis-style number, and it's the perfect time for it in the movie. Ladie's Choice establishes the connection between Tracy and Link. And it's the kind of number you need in a sixties musical: the rock n' roll band at the record hop, with bright colors and backup dancers.

    • Zac: It's been great. I grew up so far removed from this industry and so far away from L.A. I just fell in love with theater, and after being so focused on school my whole life and musical theater, specifically, being my creative outlet, I can't believe that it has turned into something more than that. I'm grateful and thankful and amazed at how it's all turned out. I'm still on the craziest ride of my life.

    • Zac: Musicals are very different from other films. And as an actor, when you're preparing for one, you train an entirely different skill set altogether. And as an audience member, I know the feeling I have when I leave a musical is unrivaled by any other type of film. I love watching things blow up, but it doesn't really excite me -- and I can't sing that on the way home. So, musicals are cool. They're unique, and I'm glad that we're doing more of them.

    • Zac: (about whether he identifies with 'Hairspray's' Link Larkin or 'High School Musical's' Troy Bolton most) For different reasons, both. I'd like to be more like Troy. I don't want to be shallow. I don't want to be a follower. So I just cop out and say Troy. Also, Link's way cooler than I am. What am I going to say? He's the stud. I'm not like that.

    • Zac: (comparing TV movie making with a big-budget feature like 'Hairspray') One of the major differences is the amount of time and liberties we had on Hairspray abound compared to High School Musical. They're really two different types of films altogether. The other one is about kids. This movie deals more with established characters and, also has such a talented, older cast. I felt like I had to give it 110 percent in every scene to keep up. Also, the training was a lot more intense, we had three months of rehearsals.

    • Zac: I wish I could say I see my little brother more. We used to fight all the time but now that I don't see him very often I cherish the time I have with him.

    • Zac: We shot High School Musical in eight weeks. I spent longer rehearsing for Hairspray than filming High School Musical.

    • Zac: Working out is my biggest hobby. It's my Zen hour. I just zone out.

    • Zac: Jesse (McCartney) is one of the nicest people around. I hate when I hear bad things about him, because anyone who knows him would agree that he's a good guy and really humble.

    • Zac: I've been doing musical theater since I was a kid. And look for a CD from me in the future. I want to write all the songs!

    • Zac: I was influenced when I was younger by the cartoon movies that Disney put out, like Cinderella and what not. I watched those movies over and over when I was younger and the music is ingrained into my head. Nowadays, I'm still humming the tunes. It taught me the fundamentals.

    • Zac: In sixth grade, my basketball team made it to the league championships. In double overtime, with three seconds left, I rebounded the ball and passed it - to the wrong team! They scored at the buzzer and we lost the game. To this day, I still have nightmares!

    • Zac: I'm very competitive by nature. And I like to be the underdog - It's the best way to win. To come from behind and win is a great feeling!

    • Zac: Personally, I was never the cool kid. I was always sort of a bookworm. I would just like to be more like Troy, because he's so cool.

    • Zac: Amanda Bynes and I have become close since filming Hairsray. It's so weird because I grew up watching her.

    • Zac: (when asked about his on-screen chemistry with Vanessa Hudgens in HSM) At callbacks, it was a mix-and-match session. We were stuck together through the entire process. But at the time, we didn't know if it was chemistry or just they didn't like us or what was going on. I guess we noticed it from the beginning. I still don't know what it is...I think it's just...I don't know...she's fun.

    • Zac: (about living on his own) I wake up every morning and make myself breakfast. I do the dishes and the laundry, and clean up the place.

    • Zac: I usually spend Valentines Day with my friends. But if I did have a girlfriend, I'd bring her flowers and candy.

    • Zac: I love the discussions online, They can pick out things in the movie that you'd never dreamed people would find out. I don't go that often. I try not to because it can either give you a big head or tear you down.

Fan Reviews (209)

  • Actually a good actor with a decent singing voice.

    His singing voice isn't the most outstanding thing in the world, but he is actually a really good actor. High School Musical was the first time I saw him, so that wasn't exactly the best thing to go on. Then I looked up some clips of him in 'Summerland' where he was able to pull off emotional scenes quite well, and then I also saw him in 'Hairspray' and '17 Again' and he actually surprised me. When I see an actor on a Disney show, I try not to judge them to harshly on that particular work. Disney has incredibly cheesy lines that aren't the easiest to work with so they aren't good for juding a person's acting ability. Seeing some of his more recent work, he is improving with each performance and he becomes more and more believable as each new role is played.moreless
  • My favourite actor!

    I have always loved zac efron sence i was six years old! I have watch alot of things with him acting including high school musical and 17 again. His acting, Amazing! I think zac efron is an amazing actor in all the movies he has stared in. Zac enfron is one of my idols and i love everything about him! I know alot of other fans of zac efron and i also know he is an amazingly popular movie star. I'm sure he has won at least one teen choice award over the years. Zac efron will always be popular even when he's a senior.moreless