He also starred alongside Nicole Kidman, Matthew Mc Conaughey, David Oyelowo, and John Cusack in The Paperboy (2012), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012 and received a wider release later that year.The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics.
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 (2006–08).
During this time, he also starred in the musical film Hairspray (2007) and the comedy film 17 Again (2009).
After lending his voice to the commercially successful computer-animated film The Lorax (2012), he appeared as the male lead in the romantic drama The Lucky One (2012), based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks.
The film became a major box office success despite negative reviews from critics.
He may have been filming scenes for his forthcoming turn in the Jame Franco directed film The Long Home, which tells the story of a young contractor hired to build a bar in Tennessee by the man who killed his father.
While the Kentucky native has appeared in the likes of RV, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth and The Kids Are All Right, he is still best known for his turn as Peeta Mellark in box office sensation The Hunger Games.Efron went on to reprise his role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008), the first film in the High School Musical franchise to receive a theatrical release.The film became a major blockbuster at the box office, and received mixed to positive reviews from critics.He also attended Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a community college located in Santa Maria, California, which provided him with the opportunity to perform as a "young player" during the years of 20.Efron began acting in the early 2000s with guest roles on several television series including Firefly, ER, and The Guardian.He followed this with the commercially successful comedy 17 Again (2009) about a 37-year-old man (Matthew Perry) who is transformed into his 17-year-old self (Efron) after a chance accident.