How much is Zac Efron worth?

Net Worth:$25 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:October 18, 1987
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.73 m

“Honestly, if the worst these people can say about me is that I’m gay, then I think I’ll be fine. I can handle it.”

Who Is Zac Efron

Singing and dancing his way through High School Musical and into every teenage girl’s heart.

Before he was a Disney musical star, Zac Efron was a child actor struggling to carve out a place for himself amongst the Hollywood ranks. Once he did, he did it with a bang, and now he’s a leading man on the silver screen and in every teenage girl’s fantasies.

Zachary David Alexander Efron, best known as Zac Efron, was born on October 18th, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California. He is a great actor and singer. His parents are Starla Baskett and David Efron, a secretary and an electrical engineer, respectively. They met in a nuclear power plant and decided to move to Arroyo Grande, California, where they raised both Zac and his brother, Dylan.

As of 2020, Zac Efron has an estimated net worth of $25 million dollars.

Balancing School And Hollywood

Zachary David Alexander Efron was only 11 when he got bitten hard by the acting bug. His parents, both middle-class workers at a power plant, encouraged him to try his hand at acting and he landed a small role in a local production of Gypsy. He immediately fell in love with the spotlight and started taking acting and dancing classes and trying out for local shows.  

Zac managed to be a straight-A student throughout high school, even though he was making constant trips to Los Angeles to audition for parts. His persistence started to pay off when he snagged guest spots on popular shows like Firefly, ER and The Guardian. In 2004, when he was just 16, he got a part in the WB’s short-lived series Summerland. His recurring role became permanent in its second season, but the show was scrapped in 2005.

Disney’s Newest Wunderkind

Zac continued appearing as a guest star on television before his big break in 2006. That was the year everything changed for the budding star and he went from struggling actor to international superstar (amongst girls between the ages of 11 and 16, at least) when he starred in the runaway Disney Channel hit High School Musical. As a singing (although, to be fair, he was dubbed), dancing, basketball-playing teenager, he captured the hearts of audiences in America and abroad. The cast traveled as far as Australia to promote the film. Efron also stole his co-star Vanessa Hudgens’s heart in real life. The two started dating while they were filming the first movie in 2005, but didn’t go public with the romance until 2007.  

The film and its accompanying soundtrack became a pop culture phenomenon, giving way to two successful sequels. The third installment, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, even got the big screen treatment in 2008, becoming a massive hit and turning Zac into a blockbuster film star. But that wasn’t his first turn on the silver screen. He starred in the remake of Hairspray in 2007 alongside John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken.

Bona Fide Heartthrob Status

Immediately he went from fighting his way through auditions to being a coveted leading man. He proved he was ready to take on more mature roles when he starred in independent flick Me and Orson Welles in 2008. In 2009, he starred in 17 Again and in 2010, he starred in the romantic drama Charlie St. Cloud.  

But more than his professional career, the fans (consisting mostly of lovesick teens) focused heavily on his romance with Hudgens. They managed to keep their relationship out of the spotlight until they went public in 2007, but nothing prepared them for the storm that would ensue in September that year when her email account was hacked and nude photos she had sent to Zac were leaked all over the web. Efron stood by his lady through the overblown scandal, and the couple continued to go strong until they ultimately parted ways in December 2010.  

With his red hot career and grounded mentality, it’s no wonder Zac Efron is drawing comparisons to Hollywood heavyweight Leonardo DiCaprio. Whether he mimics the child actor-turned-A-lister’s success remains to be seen, but he’s on pace to go far—granted he sticks to Leo’s advice and doesn’t do heroin.

What makes him so successful?

His parents should undoubtedly be proud of having trusted their son’s talent and for having paid for singing and acting lessons. Being as young as he is in his early 30s, Zac has done so many different roles that it is his universality which makes him so talented and famous. Since he started as the typical handsome boy in teen movies, he has changed his way several times into diverse roles such as the soldier in The Lucky One, the crazy friend in That Awkward Moment, the kind brother in Charlie St. Cloud and many many more. It is this unpredictable way of acting, this very open mind and free-choice which has made him become one of the greatest young actors of today.

Just as he said once in an interview, he was afraid of being typecast but actually, it was this “fear” that motivated him to try new roles outside of his comfort zone. He also said in 2009 “I think the hardest thing about being young and in the business is that a lot of opportunities present themselves and there’s no road map”.

Many people actually say that Efron has not achieved his climax as an actor, yet starring side by side with Dwayne Johnson in Baywatch (2017), just imagine what else he will be capable of doing. If there’s no road map, then perhaps sky’s the limit for still young Efron as he traverses the world of Hollywood and beyond.

How did Zac Efron get so rich?

His first known role as Troy in High School Musical led him an earning of $100,000. However, after the third movie, he had made around $3 million and soon after making his first appearance on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 for making almost $6 million in just two years (2007-2008). Then, in 2009, he had a role in 17 Again that brought him even more fortune increasing his earnings to above $10 million. This role was a transition for Efron as he didn’t want to stereotype his image and roles seeking to diversify and refusing to be typecast. This was finally achieved in 2012 in The Lucky One by portraying a soldier in search of a woman.

Of course not every single movie or production brought him as much money as one would imagine but in fact, he has been a successful actor as his net worth reaches above $25 million dollars today.

Apart from the money itself we should not ignore his great house. It is located in Hollywood Hills and he bought it for around $3.9 million dollars which is far more expensive than his previous one, which he sold for $2.8 million. Both houses are separated by no more than 5 miles. The new one is a more than 5000 square feet house featuring an incredible backyard and an amazing outdoor pool.

On the other hand, the actor has also invested part of his earnings in a stunning collection of cars. This collection includes an Audi S5, an Audi S6 and an Audi S8, a collection he continues to add to. It doesn’t compare to Jay Leno or anything, but it’s a nice start.

Why is he so famous?

Zac launched himself for the first time into the world of acting when he was just eleven years old in a production of Gypsy. This was a consequence of his parents’ decision to pay for him to attend piano, singing and acting lessons as his teacher motivated him to audition for theatrical roles at the Pacific Conservatory of the Perfoming Arts. Even though he had just a small part in Gypsy, it was this production that took his passion for acting up a notch. This in turn motivated him to continue acting in some other local performances, from whuch he was able to sign a contract with a talent agent; possibly helped by his gorgeous boyish good looks.

After appearing on different stages, he was finally able to earn a role on television in the series Firefly (2002). Next, he had a chance to participate in different productions such as CSI:Miami, The Guardian, and Summerland. But, it was in Triple Play and The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke (2003) that he had the opportunity to star. All of these events occurred while he was attending Arroyo Grande High School as he just graduated in 2006.

Although by that time he had been at many productions and they all helped him build on his experience, it was actually High School Musical (2006) which took him to fame. First thought as a movie made-for-television, this low-budget film reached an incredible rating and it was also had a best-selling soundtrack. Consequently, High School Musical 2 (2007) had more than 17 million viewers which made it the most-watched film in cable television in 2007.

Right after this amazing success, Zac Efron received many offers but he rejected some of them to focus on his studies at the University of Southern California. Moreover, High School Musical led him to a beautiful relationship with the actress Vanessa Hudgens.

Summing-Up

There are many reasons why Zac Efron is a successful actor that has grown a lot since his bbig reak. In his still short 20 year career he has changed both his mind and his body, completely reinventing his look for his role in Baywatch (2012). Starting out as a skinny boyish character he has morphed into a man and matured his acting style as well.

Also, it should be said that his fortune came from his good decisions and his persistence. It was when he decided to try new things that his fortune started to increase the most, just as in his first non Disney role in The Lucky One. This not only showcased his diversity in roles yet opened him up to new opportunities by having a greater pool of people in his network to find great roles from.

No one knows how rich he will be but what we know is that if he is 32, and he already has $25 million dollars under his belt, then he has done well and will likely continue to earn more as he develops as an actor and earns new roles.

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