“Go Wildcats!” Zac Efron Celebrates ‘High School Musical’ at Walk of Fame Ceremony

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A young man with light brown hair looks attentively ahead. He is wearing a red basketball jersey with "WILDCATS" written on it in white letters. The background appears to be an indoor sports facility with a blurry scoreboard and red details, reminiscent of Zac Efron's iconic role in High School Musical.

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On Monday, December 11, Disney legend Zac Efron received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where he celebrated his High School Musical roots and paid tribute to a late mentor and friend.

The Von Erich Brothers sitting on a fence in Iron Claw
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If you grew up with Disney Channel in the 2000s, you know Zac Efron. Born Zachary David Alexander Efron, his breakthrough performance came as Troy Bolton in High School Musical (2006) alongside Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, and Lucas Grabeel. They would go on to star in multiple sequels, including High School Musical 2 (2007) and High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008).

This quickly catapulted Efron into stardom, leading to starring roles in films like Hairspray (2007), New Year’s Eve (2011), Neighbors (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Baywatch (2017), and The Greatest Showman (2017). He received critical acclaim for his performance as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil (2019). And now, his exceptional career is being recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“I Still Sing the Songs in the Shower” Zac Efron Thanks ‘High School Musical’ Team, Matthew Perry

The whole basketball team in High School Musical
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On December 11, Zac Efron was joined by friends Miles Teller and Jeremy Allen White to graciously accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside other 2023 inductees Macaulay Culkin, Darius Rucker, and Gwen Stefani. Efron was thankful for everyone on The Iron Claw (2023), his current project, but he didn’t forget his Disney Channel roots.

“A long time before The Iron Claw, I spent a lot of time with Kenny Ortega,” said Efron to cheers from the audience. “And also Bill Borden, who are both here today, by the way. You guys were both instrumental in giving me my start in High School Musical. For that, I am just eternally, eternally grateful. You have no idea. I still think about it every day. I sing the songs in the shower. Yeah, Go Wildcats!”

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However, Efron didn’t just focus on his time at the Disney Channel. “I also want to thank someone who isn’t out here today, and that’s Matthew Perry, who was so kind and generous with me when we worked on 17 Again (2009). Collaborating with him and Burr Steers was so much fun, and it really did propel me and motivate me in so many ways.”

“It really pushed me into the next chapter of my career,” he continued. Then, Efron looked to the sky, saying, “For that, thank you so much, Matthew. Thinking of you a lot today.”

Zac Efron and Matthew Perry sitting on a couch in front of a red wall
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Zac Efron ended his speech by thanking the fans, noting that he couldn’t do it without them. The crowd cheered in response, deservingly so. Efron has remained a fixture in film and television for about two decades, and we’ll likely be seeing him for many years to come.

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