Ever wondered if the Disney Channel alumnus plays the piano in real life?
Zac Efron knows how to play the piano, and quite well in fact. His musical talent is very obvious, he has always sung his own songs in musicals – except for in the first High School Musical movie. He sometimes even posts videos of himself playing the piano on his social media.
Read on to learn more!
Zac plays the Piano and Sings in Real Life
Zac Efron was once publicly pissed off by the fact that his character in the movie The Lucky One was too perfect – he played a former marine who was romantic and good with kids, and who could also play the piano and dance. While we can’t vouch for the former couple of things, Zac certainly doesn’t need to be jealous of his character’s piano skills, because he himself plays the piano as a hobby!
One of the times Zac showed off his piano skills on the internet was when he wished his co-star from Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Adam DeVine, happy 33rd birthday – by posting a video on Twitter that shows him singing a blues-driven happy birthday song and playing the piano alongside! Adam responded to the video by tweeting that it made him feel “like the prettiest girl in school.”
Zac became publicly famous for singing and acting in High School Musical, the hit franchise that rocketed him into stardom. In fact, he even found love on this set, dating his co-star Vanessa Hudgens for quite some time. Despite the fame it brought him, Zac had to struggle quite a bit to shake off his Disney image in the years following the end of High School Musical. He spoke about his teenage self to Men’s Fitness when describing this struggle, saying, “I step back and look at myself and I still want to kick that guy’s ass sometimes. Like, f**k that guy. He’s done some kind of cool things with some cool people, he did that one thing [Neighbours] that was funny, but I mean he’s still just that f**king kid from High School Musical.”
Zac Efron Has Always Been Musically Talented
Even though High School Musical made his singing famous, Zac Efron didn’t actually start off singing in it. In fact, he did not sing a single line in the first High School Musical movie. The singing is all Drew Seeley – who would go on to play Selena Gomez’s love interest in yet another Disney feature; Another Cinderella Story. Zac Efron lip-synced to Drew’s singing for the first movie, but he sings all of his own lines in the other two.
If that wasn’t proof enough of his musical talent, he went on to sing in movies like Hairspray and The Lorax, and one of his most famous roles to date is in the musical biopic, The Greatest Showman. Even though fans were initially critical of the modern-day take on an old story, the movie was a huge success, opening to $434 million. The movie also stars Hugh Jackman, and Zac’s fellow Disney alumnus Zendaya, and its soundtrack was one of the highest-selling albums of the year.
Fun fact, Zac could have been a musician himself! After the success of High School Musical, he was approached by producer Simon Cowell, who has also been a judge on shows like American Idol and The X Factor. Simon reportedly offered Zac a record deal, saying that, together, they had the potential to “make millions.” Even though Simon was probably right, Zac ended up turning him down to focus on his acting career.