Zac Efron. biography
American actor and singer Zac Efron was born on October 18, 1987, in San Luis Obispo, California. Born Zachary David Alexander Efron, Efron's talent was recognized by his piano teacher at the age of 11 and convinced him to go after theatrical roles at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
Once he was cast in a long-running production of Gypsy, Efron's passion for performing gained momentum, landing addition roles in local productions and ultimately obtaining a contract with a talent agent. Starting out in small productions, Efron was now traveling daily to Los Angeles for auditions while in high school.
Efron snagged his first ever television appearance on the momentary show Firefly, in 2002. The following year, Efron acquired guest roles on ER and the pilot The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke. He continued making a name for himself, guest appearing on NCIS, Disney's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, CSI: Miami and as a lead on the feature film, The Derby Stallion (2005).
Efron's career took off after landing a role in a Disney Channel, ultra low-budget film, High School Musical. Although meant to be the usual kid-flick, the movie became a huge hit when it premiered in January of 2006. Soon, it was proclaimed the most successful made-for-TV movie, with a best-selling soundtrack and skyrocketing ratings. However, Efron's praised performance was under fire when sources claimed that Canadian singer/songwriter Drew Seeley was actually singing in the movie. Luckily for the young star, he was able to redeem himself by singing his character's songs for High School Musical 2 (2007) without the aid of Seeley.
Later in 2007, Efron success rose to new heights when he starred in the big-screen remake of John Waters' Hairspray, which featured John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, and Queen Latifah. His fans loved the movie, which earned over $119 million, resulting in him being featured on the cover of Rolling Stone and coined "The New American Heartthrob."
After making his last appearance in High School Musical 3 (2008), Efron strayed from being typecast as a musical actor, landing a lead role in Richard Linklater's drama Me and Orson Welles (2008), which was critically acclaimed at the Toronto Film Festival, and hosting Saturday Night Live.
In 2009, Efron starred alongside comedic-actor Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann, in the comedy 17 Again. He obtained another lead role in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks, The Lucky One (2012), playing a marine who returns to North Carolina to search for an unknown woman who he believes was his good luck charm in the Iraqi war. He again rented out his voice for the animated film Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012), followed by his performance with Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughy and Scott Glen in Lee Daniels' thriller The Paperboy (2012).
Efron's most recent projects include, the drama Parkland (2013) with Billy Bob Thorton, the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment (2014), the comedy Neighbors (2014) alongside Seth Rogen and the thriller Autobahn (2014) opposite Amber Heard.
Is Zac Efron Gay?
Whether it's his extremely good looks, sex appeal, or flowing charisma, many have come to the conclusion that Efron is in fact a gay man. Although many stars avoid the subject all together, Efron sat down with US magazine Advocate to address the rumors and why he thinks there's nothing wrong with being gay.
"I don't like to live in fear about things like rumors and backlash to begin with... That's the way I was raised - but I just can't see what's so wrong about being gay," he said.
"It's an issue that affects so many people in my life - a lot of my close friends and some of the most influential people around me. I just want them all to be happy... It would make me so happy to see them able to live their lives and do what they want to do."
He went on to address a recent incident involving a photo, in which he was wearing a t-shirt with the slogan 'Some Dudes Marry Dudes. Get Over It.'
"Yeah, that picture was fake, but a couple of days after it went around, a fan sent me a shirt identical to the one in the picture. So now I do own that shirt," he said.
"I'm sure I have [worn the t-shirt] and I'm sure I will. It's still hanging up somewhere."
When it comes to playing a gay character, Efron is up for anything.
"I'd never take a role just for the sake of playing gay," he said. "But I'm always looking for a role that's challenging, different, and entails some risk, so there's no doubt in my mind that one of those characters will be gay at some point in the future.
"It's always interesting to delve into unexplored territory, and that would be a new avenue for me. I definitely wouldn't be afraid."
In another interview, Efron voiced his opinion of famed gossip icon Perez Hilton and his tendency to concoct a rumor.
"I know it's very addictive to read that kind of stuff. It's entertainment. Honestly, if the worst [Perez Hilton] can say about me is that I'm gay, then I think I'll be fine. I can handle it."
Zac Efron Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
2006 - December 2010
Efron and Vanessa Hudgens played teenage sweethearts in the High School Musical movies, which transitioned off screen. The two dated for 4 years before ending it in December 2010. Reportedly, their relationship had "run its course" and the relationship ended with zero drama.
February 2011 - April 2011
Rumors that Efron and Teresa Palmer were dating erupted when the two attended the premiere of her movie, Take Me Home Tonight. It was never confirmed.
February 2012 - June 2012
A rising star, Lily Collins, and heartthrob Efron seemed like the perfect match but they ruined it went they ended the growing relationship.