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Zac Efron Improvised A High School Musical 2 Performance

The actor still sings the song in the shower.

'High School Musical' star Zac Efron.
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One of Zac Efron’s most memorable High School Musical scenes was completely off-the-cuff.

Speaking recently to Netflix about his new film, A Family Affair, the actor reminisced about his breakout role in High School Musical, including some of its musical numbers, such as “Start Of Something New” and “We’re All On In This Together.”

Revealing that he “still sings those songs in the shower,” Efron said he “invented” the choreography for the High School Musical 2 song “Bet On It.”

In the 2007 sequel, his character, Troy Bolton, demonstratively sings and dances through Lava Springs Country Club’s golf course. As it turns out, the scene “was all improv,” according to Efron.

“You know, when we shot that, we just had no ideas for what to do in the day,” he said. “Like, the director, he was just like, ‘Dude, we have no concept for this song, what do you wanna do?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know, we’re on a golf course.’ ... We shot, I think the whole song, in three hours.”

High School Musical stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman, and Corbin Bleu.Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

Directed by Kenny Ortega, High School Musical 2 is the second installment of the Disney franchise, released after 2006’s High School Musical and before 2008’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year. The movie follows the students of East High School as they work summer jobs at a country club and prepare for a talent show.

Along with Efron, High School Musical 2 stars Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman.

Go Wildcats!

This isn’t the first time Efron has looked back on his HSM days recently. While being honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2023, the actor paid tribute to Ortega and the film’s producer, Bill Borden.

“You guys were both instrumental in giving me my start in High School Musical,” he said. I’m just eternally, eternally grateful. I still think about it every day.” Concluding his speech, Efron referenced Troy’s basketball team catchphrase, “Go Wildcats!” — to cheers from onlooking fans.