Zac Efron: We Never Expected High School Musical Success

by | 09 October 2008
Subscribe to Zac Efron alerts

High School Musical star Zac Efron has admitted he never expected the Disney franchise to become such a phenomenon.

Having begun life as a television movie for the Disney Channel, the high school saga has become a massive global brand, spawning two sequels, sold-out concert tours, enduringly popular merchandise and thousands of school productions.

And speaking ahead of the release of the third film - the first to be released in cinemas - leading man Zac Efron admitted the worldwide popularity of the franchise has taken everyone involved by surprise.

"The first time we realised what High School Musical had become was on the first international press tour," he told a London press conference on Wednesday.

"We went all through Europe and were meeting so many fans, kids who were very excited to tell us how much High School Musical had influenced their lives and how much they had connected with it. That was something none of us expected."

Efron was appearing alongside director Kenny Ortega and fellow cast members Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu and British newcomer Georgina Mackenzie-Brown at the press conference, following the UK premiere of High School Musical 3: Senior Year earlier this week.

Though Efron and Hudgens are a couple off screen as well as in the High School Musical franchise, both remained very cagey when one reporter joked about practising kissing scenes, only commenting on the scenes' relation to the films.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is released on October 22nd.

09/10/2008 02:02:01


Tags: Zac Efron - Ashley Tisdale - Corbin Bleu - Disney

Subscribe to Zac Efron alerts

More Zac Efron

21 Years: Richard Linklater Trailer

Indie filmmaking is one of the best niches to find super-talented directors and writers; and none more so than Richard Linklater. Having recently received a...

21 Years: Richard Linklater Trailer

Richard Linklater is well known in the film industry as one of the stand out names in indie movie making. Responsible for a wide variety...

A Week In Movies: Stars Premiere Films In Venice And Toronto, While Films Shoot In Los Angeles And London. Pixar Teases Lava, And Trailers Debut For Museum And Bosses Sequels

The Venice Film Festival came to a close this week with a flurry of star-studded premieres and the glitzy awards ceremony. Al Pacino was on...

A Week In Movies: Fans Line Up For If I Stay, Big Films Shoot In London And L.A., And Trailers Arrive For New Movies Starring Banderas, Renner, Marsden And Mara

Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley have been out and about promoting their new teenage tearjerker If I Stay over the past week. First they...


Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez Reportedly End Unlikely Romance

Hollywood's most surprising couple, Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez, have reportedly decided to call it a day on their whirlwind relationship after a two-month long...

Zac Efron Opens Up To Bear Grylls About Substance Abuse Past

Zac Efron is one of Hollywood's most sought actors and has lived most of his life in the public eye. Although being such a successful...

Caught On Camera: Zac Efron Kissing Michelle Rodriguez - Check This Impressive Relationship History

Michelle Rodriguez is well known for having an unusual and certainly prolific love life and she's recently been snapped kissing Zac Efron. But is Efron...

Zac Efron And Michelle Rodriguez Are Together In Sardinia... But "Together" Together?

Zac Efron and Michele Rodriguez – it’s fairly safe to say that noone was shipping this particular celebrity couple before it happened. What “it” means...



Zac Efron Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Zac Efron

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All