Zac Efron surprised when a number of people from the interior tribes in Papua New Guinea recognized him as a movie star High School Musical. In the film, Efron plays Troy Bolton.
“Turns out they knew who I was all this time without telling me! It was crazy and made me realize, ‘Wow, OK. I’ve made it all the way to all places’,” said Zac Efron when he guest starred on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Wednesday (11/5) .
Zac Efron said that he had visited Papua New Guinea for a few weeks after traveling to Australia.
He said he wanted to experience living and chatting with local people there. Although, according to Efron, it is very difficult to enter the country.
Efron then shared his interesting experience in accessing technology in Papua New Guinea with local residents. He didn’t bring his phone there and even though he did, there was no network in the area.
In addition, the 34-year-old actor sleeps in a small hut with many people and makes a living.
“Then a number of people came to me with cell phones in hand – they were tribal people,” explains Efron.
“We do Facetime to cousins, wives and all their relatives who live around the world,” he added.
Efron also said that he was introduced to the ritual of worshiping crocodiles in Papua New Guinea at that time.
“I live with the local people. They are the people of the Sepik River who are famous as crocodile men. They live in the Sepik River and they worship crocodiles. It’s like a god, their God,” he explained.
Zac Efron’s acting journey through the role of Troy Bolton in the film High School Musical (2006). He then continued the role in two sequels of the same name in 2007 and 2008.
In a separate interview to E! News, Wednesday (11/5), Efron also admitted that he had the opportunity to play Troy Bolton again in the reboot version of High School Musical.
“Of course. I mean, if I had the chance to get back to work with the team, it would be amazing. My heart is still there. That would be great. I hope it will happen,” he said.
This film franchise has a serialized version titled High School Musical: The Series which aired in 2019. Soloist Olivia Rodrigo played the protagonist Nini Salazar-Roberts in the series in the first and second seasons, then returned for a third season.