17 Throwback Photos of Zac Efron That Prove Even Hollywood Hunks Have Awkward Phases

HOLLYWOOD - MAY 04: Actors Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens attend a Q&A session with the cast and producers of the Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Entertainment's 'High School Musical' at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on May 4, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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It's hard to believe that heartthrob Zac Efron was ever a Disney Channel star, but before he was breaking hearts with movies like The Lucky One and That Awkward Moment the actor was better known for his time as jock-turned-musical-star Troy Bolton. Zac Efron looks more teeny bopper than movie star in these pics, but that didn't stop tweens everywhere from swooning over the soon-to-be star. Click through to see the greatest throwback pics from Efron's first years in the spotlight. 

2004

Before his Disney Channel days, Efron starred on the short-lived WB series Summerland. 

2004

Just look at how cute he looks in a striped sweater!

2004

Just adorable.

2005

Does Efron remind you just a little bit of the Disaster Girl meme here? 

2005

Here he is doing promotion for his soon-to-be-released Disney Channel movie High School Musical. 

2006

Efron pulls his High School Musical co-stars Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale in for a hug. 

2006

Why no smile, Efron? 

2006

Efron and Tisdale goof off at a High School Musical party. 

2006

Efron gets his head in the game in front of very confused Disney fans. 

2006

Efron checks out the poster for his own Disney Channel flick. 

2006

A photographer captures Efron’s impressive jump. 

2006

He even makes vests look cool. 

2006

Well, that’s a random assortment of celebrities. 

2006

This hair made Efron look just SO mysterious. 

2007

Oh, hey, remember when Efron had bangs? 

2007

Good call sweeping them away from your eyes, Efron. We like looking at those. 

2007

Efron is growing up and looking good doing it.