He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and rose to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role in the High School Musical franchise (2006–2008).

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He was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik (the mother of actors Aaron Michael Metchik and Asher Metchik).

and was then accepted into the University of Southern California, but has deferred his enrollment to work on film projects.

“There’s a theory that actors should live like monks.

You stay private, you make a great movie, then that’s all people see and you’re not a product of your struggle,” he says in the interview.

In 2004, he began appearing as a recurring character in the first season of the WB series Summerland.

For the show’s second season, which aired in 2005, he was promoted to the main cast.

The film became a major commercial and critical success upon its release in July 2007.

Later that year, he was seen reprising his role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical 2 (2007), which aired on the Disney Channel in August 2007.

The film’s soundtrack was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA, making it one of the best-selling albums of the year in the United States.