Zac Efron became a global sensation in 2006, following his breakthrough in the highly acclaimed High School Musical film franchise. Prior to that, he was not so popular as an actor but was already acting long before High School Musical blew his career up to international recognition. Due to the way he depicted the teenager Troy Bolton in the musical, fans often wondered how old Zac Efron is, especially at the time he appeared in High School Musical and how old he is now? All the facts you need to know are available in this piece.
How Old Is Zac Efron?
From the days of being the High School Musical star everyone loves to watch, Zac Efron has grown into an even a hunkier dude. His drool-worthy appearance – abs and all, makes us often wonder how old he is as he seems to look better as the years go by. Though he is not one to throw a lavish party to mark his birthday, Zac doesn’t miss a chance to share his breathtaking shirtless photos on Instagram and his 31st birthday in 2018 was no exception.
The actor and singer was born on October 18, 1987, in San Luis Obispo, California, but the most part of his childhood happened in Arroyo Grande, California. Although his father, David Efron, is an electrical engineer, completely out of the entertainment industry, he supported Zac from an early stage to follow the path that suits him better. Both of Zac’s parents worked at the same power station, his mother, Starla Baskett, is a secretary.
Zac Efron and his brother, Dylan, had what he described as a normal childhood, raised in a middle-class agnostic home, though he identifies as Jewish. He finished his early education at Arroyo Grande High School in 2006 after which he secured admission into the University of Southern California which he ditched. The actor is also an alum of Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a community college in Santa Maria, California. He studied and performed there around 2000 and 2001.
When Did Zac Efron Start Acting?
Zac was a class clown in high school but still maintained straight A’s most of the time. His father saw the potentials he possessed and gave him a nudge to pursue acting professionally. In high school, he performed in shows such as Gypsy; Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up; Little Shop of Horrors; and The Music Man.
Professionally, Efron started acting in the early 2000s but didn’t attain fame immediately. He kicked off his acting career with guest roles on television series like Firefly, ER, and The Guardian. He moved to a recurring character in the WB series Summerland in 2004 for the first season and joined the main cast for the show’s second season the next year. Earlier in his career, Zac also played roles in films, one of which is the television film Miracle Run (2004) which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination.
Efron’s career took a positive turn in the mid-2000s when he was cast to play Troy Bolton in the teen musical television film High School Musical. The film premiered on the Disney Channel in January 2006 and recorded a massive success on the global scene. Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman, were his co-stars in the film that introduced them to teenage audiences. On the downside, Efron faced massive backlash when it came to light that it wasn’t his voice that sang most of the soundtrack in the movie but Drew Seeley’s. In his own defense, Zac explained that he landed the role after the songs had been written and they were penned for a tenor, whereas he has a deeper vocal range.
The American actor reprised his role in the subsequent films in the High School Musical franchise – High School Musical 2 (2007) and High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008). He has since evolved from the teenage sensation into a handsome young man and the same applies to his career which has continued to soar higher. Other projects he has been in include The Paperboy (2012), The Lorax (2012), The Lucky One (2012), Neighbors (2014), That Awkward Moment (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Baywatch (2017), The Greatest Showman (2017), The Beach Bum (2019) and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019).
After several years under the spotlight, Zac Efron has a whopping $24 Million in net worth to show for his hard work.