Flying, soaring! When the actors met while trying out for their roles in High School Musical, sparks immediately began to fly between them.
Efron recalled his audition with Hudgens in a July 2007 interview with Disney, “For all of the partner things, I and Vanessa always got partnered up.” They’re not testing us with other people, I thought. We continued waiting around [for callbacks] for some reason. I’m not sure what it was, but Vanessa and I seemed to bond right away.
Due to their on-screen chemistry, Efron and Hudgens were cast in the lead roles of Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez, who first meet at a holiday karaoke party and then fall in love while playing the leads in their school’s musical, in the Disney Channel movie. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which made its Disney+ debut in November 2019, is the latest iteration of the movie, which first aired in January 2006. It has since inspired two sequels, a tour, and other projects.
In an interview with the Always Chatter podcast in April 2019, Hudgens echoed the Baywatchstar’s remarks about the two of them getting along well. From the beginning, we bonded, she recalled. We were of the opinion that we had to do this or else.
They exhibited the same on-screen chemistry in real life, and they fell in love right away. The twosome had achieved adolescent royalty by the time the film debuted in 2006, with fans referring to them as Zanessa.
The Rent: Livestar Revealed Her Relationship Secret to Cosmo Girl in June 2008.
You shouldn’t have to work at loving someone if you truly feel that way. You both have the same sense of humor and complete one other’s sentences, she said. According to the newspaper, Hudgens and Efron had a kiss and the Princess Switch star massaged [Zac’s] tummy during the sit-down without seeing the dozen of us present.
Hudgens Said She Was a Fantastic Kisser Later that Year when Making an Appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Through all three of the HSM films, the couple maintained their romance. In July 2010, Hudgens discussed how she and the 17 Against first connected and how they had evolved together over time.
He was so cute. He wasn’t the person he is now, after all. She recalled her first audition with Efron to Glamour in 2010 and how, among other things, he had a gap in his teeth. He recently become an adult. He is no longer missing his gap. When I look at him, I recognize a man. I believe that we motivate one another. I adore having a growth partner.
Both stars have looked back warmly on their romance after their divorce, despite the fact that they called it quits only a few months later.
At the time, I couldn’t have been more appreciative of having that connection. During her interview with Always Chatter in April 2019, Hudgens claimed, “It was this big phenomenon, and [all] eyes were on me. Being in a relationship helped to keep me grounded and balanced because I had someone to lean on who was going through it with me. It’s just a really strange, alien thing to go through.
For his part, Efron has kept most of their five-year relationship private, but he did tell The Hollywood Report in October 2014 that Hudgens was an extremely interesting and sweet person.