Zac Efron’s Reaction To An 18-Year-Old “High School Musical” Clip Has Prompted Praise, And Here’s Why

As if we couldn’t love Zac Efron more, his latest comments about High School Musical have sparked widespread praise online.

Zac Efron stands smiling at an event, wearing a checkered blazer over a dark shirt, with a "A Family Affair" sign in the background
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In case you missed it, Zac recently sat down with Vanity Fair to rewatch some of his old movies — including a clip of himself performing as the one and only Troy Bolton in the first High School Musical film, which came out in 2006.

Zac Efron in a 'Wildcats' basketball uniform holding a basketball, standing on a court in a scene from High School Musical
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The scene in question was his performance of “Get’cha Head In The Game,” which, as I’m sure you’ll probably recall, involves a lot of technical basketball choreography. And while rewatching, Zac quickly noted that his stunts were all his own.

Zac Efron is being interviewed and shown an old photo of himself in a red jersey, holding a microphone, with books and a wood-patterned background

“I really drilled all those shots. No CGI in there. I don’t think we had the budget for that,” he joked. “So that makes me feel good.”

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Going into more detail about the shooting process, Zac recalled the complicated choreography and how “incredibly motivated” he and his co-stars were to execute the scene flawlessly — which they eventually did.

Kenny Ortega points beside Zac Efron in a Wildcats basketball jersey. A person stands blurred in the background near red lockers

Zac revealed that he and his co-stars — including Corbin Bleu, who played Chad — were only afforded about “two days” of practice to nail the iconic basketball dribbling sequence in the number.

Zac Efron and Corbin Bleu smiling with arms around each other, wearing graduation robes in a gymnasium

Of course, Zac and his co-stars were right. High School Musical turned out to be very cool indeed. The first airing of the movie on Disney Channel brought in 7.7 million viewers, breaking the record for the highest ratings for any telecast ever on the network at the time.

Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron, Monique Coleman, and Lucas Grabeel stand in red graduation robes on stage in front of "High School Musical" sign

The billion-dollar movie franchise launched Zac’s career into a new stratosphere, turning him into the star he is today. Now, in a world where many male actors distance themselves from earlier work in hopes of being taken more seriously as performers, fans love that Zac praises HSM rather than minimizing it.

Zac Efron kneels next to his Hollywood Walk of Fame star during a ceremony. He is wearing a tailored suit and smiling at the camera
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Reacting to the Vanity Fair video, a post on X with over 174,000 likes highlighted Zac’s “commitment to always speaking highly” of the franchise instead of disregarding it as “some embarrassing thing he did as a teenager.”

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Many others echoed this sentiment, saying: “It's awesome when celebs embrace their past annd [sic] keep it real.”

Zac Efron is smiling at an event, wearing a stylish plaid blazer over a black shirt, with palm leaves and a red backdrop behind him

In a testament to HSM’s lasting cultural impact, one fan hilariously compared Zac watching himself in the first movie to “leonardo da vinci watching himself paint the mona lisa,” amassing more than 125,000 likes.

Zac Efron discusses a scene from a basketball game shown in an inset. He's seated, wearing a light shirt, pointing to the inset image. Vanity Fair logo present

So, with all that love, it sounds like the world is ready for Zac to re-enter his musical era… You can watch the full Vanity Fair video here.

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