Zac Efron was geeky at school

High School Musical star Zac Efron says he wasn’t popular with the girls as a teenager.

His passion for singing and dancing didn’t help his image.

‘I wasn’t a heartthrob at school; I was a geek,’ he admits. ‘I was into musical theatre, which isn’t perceived as the coolest thing.

'There were guys who were 6ft 1in with beards and big muscles and I was a gawky 17-year-old, a skinny, awkward kid. I was a late bloomer.’

Zac, 21, reckons he behaved himself because of his parents.

‘Growing up was hell. I could never get into trouble like the rest of my friends,’ he tells Live magazine. ‘My parents were very strict and taught me good values.’

Zac’s new film 17 Again was released on 10 April.

 

Clare Williams