Parents are David Efron and Starla Baskett.
On the Billboard Hot 100 chart of 2006-2002-2011, Zac had five simultaneous song credits. The songs were "Get'cha Head in the Game" (solo), three duets with Vanessa Hudgens ("Breaking Free", "Start of Something New" and "What I've Been Looking For") and "We're All in This Together" credited to the High School Musical (2006) cast. All tracks were from the soundtrack of "High School Musical".
The Zac Efron-Vanessa Hudgens duet "Breaking Free" (from High School Musical (2006)) made the fastest climb in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, leaping from 86 to 4 in one week (2006-2002-2011).
With the popularity of High School Musical (2006), he had to change his phone number after getting numerous calls from fans.
Zac's most prized possession is his autographed baseball collection.
He donated many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.
Attended the World Cup in Germany with Corbin Bleu.
The first concert he ever went to was a concert of The Wallflowers.
Has one sibling, younger brother, Dylan.
Simon Cowell offered him a record deal but he turned it down saying, "...acting is my main priority".
Named #93 on Empire Magazine's 100 Sexiest Movie Stars.
(January 15, 2008) Had his appendix removed and is recuperating.
His favorite movie is The Goonies (1985).
Ranked #24 on interview magazines Hollywood faces to watch "Future Stars of Tomorrow".
Was ranked #26 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list.
Was ranked #2 on TV Guide Top 10 Teen Star Countdown.
Was ranked #15 on Moviefone's 'The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25'.
His acting idol is Johnny Depp.
Is a fan of Flight of the Conchords.
Is a fan of comic books and manga, including Death Note, Bleach, Naruto, Dragonball Z and Shonen Jump.
Recognized by Time Magazine in the 2009 Time 100 as one of the world's 100 most influential people.
Originally auditioned for the role of "Peter Pan" in the 2003 live action movie, Peter Pan (2003), but Jeremy Sumpter got it, instead.
His singing voice in the first High School Musical (2006) was actually that of singer/songwriter/actor Drew Seeley.
Has worn a white shirt with red sleeves in all three High School Musical movies.
His favorite movies are Dumb & Dumber (1994), Knocked Up (2007), The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005), Die Hard (1988), and "Bourne" series.
His favorite musicians are The Postal Service, The Shins, The Gorillaz and John Mayer.
Briefly vacationed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with Vanessa Hudgens. [February 2009]
Coached by actor Aaron Michael Metchik and his mother Robyn Metchik.
Graduated Arroyo Grande High School with actors Bryce Blue and JR Garcia.
His favorite actors are are Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jack Black.
(2006-2010) Was in a relationship with Vanessa Hudgens.
Friends with actors Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Bryce Blue, JR Garcia, and Aaron Michael Metchik.
Learned how to ride a motorcycle after a chance party meeting with bike enthusiast Tom Cruise, who offered to act as Efron's coach.
Zac's last name, "Efron", which is Hebrew, is taken from a biblical place name. Zac's paternal grandfather, Harold Efron, was born in New York, the son of Jewish immigrants from Bocki, Poland, Nasko Efron and Dworja Klein, and Zac has described himself as Jewish. Zac's other ancestry includes English, German, Scottish, one sixteenth Irish, and remote Dutch and Belgian (Flemish).
It is said that he has a physical resemblance with Romeo and Juliet (1968) star Leonard Whiting.
Has two Australian Shepherds named Dreamer and Puppy, and a Siamese cat named Simon.
Completed filming Charlie St. Cloud (2010). [October 2009]
New Orleans, LA. Wrapped up the shooting on 'Nicholas Sparks'' novel-based movie called The Lucky One (2012). [December 2010]
Los Angeles, CA: Filming the movie "Neighbors". [April 2013]
Filming High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) in Salt Lake City, Utah. [May 2008]
Filmed High School Musical 2 (2007).
Filming Charlie St. Cloud (2010) in Vancouver, B.C. [August 2009]
Austin, Texas - Wrapped "Parkland" [February 2013]
New York City, NY - Wrapped "That Awkward Moment". [January 2013]
Los Angeles, CA: Finished filming the movie "Neighbors". [May 2013]
New Orleans, LA, USA: - Wrapped on The Paperboy (2012). [September 2011]
Currently filming 17 Again (2009). [January 2008]
DeKalb, IL, USA: Wrapped the untitled Ramin Bahrani film. [October 2011]
Broke his jaw when he fell in his LA home after slipping in a puddle of water. [November 2013]
Entered rehab for cocaine abuse. [April 2013]
Named as the #5 Sexiest Man in Glamour's list of "50 Sexiest Men" in 2011.
People magazine named him as having one of the "50 Most Amazing Bodies" in 2010 and as one one of the "Most Beautiful" in 2011.
Has a tattoo of two feathers on his right arm.
His maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden, wrote the 1951 book The Light on the Island. The book is about Helen's early years growing up on Patos Island, Washington, where her father, Edward Durgan, was the lighthouse keeper from 1905 to 1913.
Personal Quotes (17)
The songwriters decided to give Link a cool, upbeat, Elvis-style number, and it's the perfect time for it in the movie. 'Ladies 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.
If I had to hear the High School Musical (2006) songs anymore, I would have jumped off of something really tall. [on why he chose not to do the High School Musical Tour.]
The number one question I've been asked [for his movie 17 Again] is, 'If you could go back, would you change anything? If you could be 17 all over again, what would you do different? Would you go down this road?' I'm like, absolutely. This is like the best job in the world. I'm having the time of my life... It's always fun. It's always interesting. It's always a challenge. I'm very happy with that and I'm very happy with my life right now.
You know what, I do not want to fall victim to partying too hard, it's too easy and too often done. It's out of style anyway, I think too many people have done it before me, I'm not going to. It's uncool, yeah. I think the rebellious thing to do would to actually be successful.
On why he chose 17 Again: Everything else that was around was either a musical or a high school romance, you know, and this was actually the biggest risk and the biggest challenge. I can relate to playing a kid - I've had a first kiss, I've had awkward dates, I've had fights with my parents... But one thing I've never done is gotten into a fight with my teenage daughter.
In the back of my mind, I can never forget this could be gone tomorrow - and at this point I think the odds are against me... the chances of succeeding in this business are slim to none; there's only a handful of people that have long careers. You have to put in the work, you can never be satisfied, never take it for granted.
There are so many things you can do with a hand.
I'm not really into partying. Don't get me wrong - I've gone to a club. But I'd much rather be with my close friends at home or a concert, or on a trip. I'll go dancing with my grandma. She likes to cut a rug!
I'm definitely not getting married. In this business, you're either getting married or they want you to be pregnant. I'm not getting married until I'm forty. If ever.
I like my women like I like my peanut butter: chunky.
No Twitter, no Facebook, no MySpace - nothing. So if you have me, it's a poser, don't talk to them. [on what social networks he doesn't use]
[on Claire Danes] I was intimidated, even just the name Claire Danes carries such weight with it. I needed to be a worthy love interest in the film and I didn't know that I had any of the qualities necessary to woo a girl like her... Claire and I were trapped on an island together with nowhere to go for four weeks, like a reality show. My character was supposed to fall in love, but she was also supposed to be out of his league. After meeting Claire, that was definitely the way it was supposed to be.
And man, you should see the faces on the kids. It's priceless, and I don't look down on, or think badly about, the High School Musical films. I have no regrets at all. I'm extremely proud of those movies, and will be forever.
(On being famous) It's weird, but I don't feel like think I deserve any of the attention. There's really nothing but one audition for a Disney Channel movie that separates me from 2,000 other brown-haired, blue-eyed guys in L.A., you know?
[on 'At Any Price' and the farming industry] I think the only real knowledge I had before I went to Iowa was what I learned from 'Food Inc'. But once I got there and developed these extensive relationships with the farmers, I realized that we're basically made of corn.
[on the Neighbors poster] Two Jewish last names, right next to [each other], Rogen, Efron.
After High School Musical (2006) and Hairspray (2007), I've always felt embraced by the gay community, and I feel incredibly grateful and honored. 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.