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8 Zac Efron Movies You Probably Forgot About

8 Zac Efron Movies You Probably Forgot About

We all know and love Zac Efron from his various projects like High School Musical, The Greatest Showman, and Hairspray. But he has been in the acting game for a very long time, landing his first role at just eleven years old. Twenty-three years later and we’ve got an entire roster of films and tv shows starring the actor.

But we bet you forgot about some of these films. If you did, don’t worry, let us jog your memory.

8. The Lucky One

In The Lucky One, Efron stars as Logan Thibault, a U.S. Marine Sgt. He returns home from his duty in Iraq with nothing but a photograph of a girl he believes kept him alive. He discovers that her name is Beth and sets out to go meet her. Logan ends up taking a job at her family-run kennel, and ultimately their relationship blooms. The movie is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book ‘The Lucky One.’ He stars alongside Orange is the New Black star, Taylor Schilling. A duo we didn’t know that we needed.

7. The Lorax

Efron may not make a physical appearance in the movie, but he did lend his voice to the main character, Ted. Popular adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book, The Lorax featured voices of many of our favorite stars; including Taylor Swift. The movie follows his character in his efforts to impress Taylor’s character, as he navigates their dull world in search of her one desire: a Truffula tree. As Ted dives into the story of the Lorax, he meets the guardian of the forest and the Once-ler. (Were we the only ones with crushes on this cartoon character?)

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6. The Paperboy

American crime drama, The Paperboy, is based around a Miami reporter returning to his hometown to investigate a murder case concerning an inmate on death row. When a woman falls in love with the inmate on death row, she’s determined to prove his innocence. Efron’s character, Jack Jansen, is the younger brother of the main investigator who then gets hired as their driver. This takes him away from his current job as the paperboy of his father’s business. Jack falls in love with Charlotte, the woman self-proclaimed to be devoted to the inmate. In the end, the man they’d fought so hard to prove innocent turns out to be a killer; taking the lives of Jack’s brother and the girl he’d fallen in love with.

5. The Derby Stallion

One of Zac Efron’s earliest films, The Derby Stallion, stars him as Patrick McCardle, a fifteen-year-old boy forced to play baseball by his father, with a dream of riding horses. Patrick spends most of his time skipping practice with his best friend, a former champion steeplechase jockey, or visiting him after games. His friend, Houston, tells him stories of a girl he was once in love with, and the two share very heartfelt moments. Patrick eventually asks Houston to teach him to steeplechase, to which his parents are hesitant but give him permission. Towards the end of the movie, Houston ends up dying and Patrick is left devastated. Patrick struggles with riding, fighting the voices in his head, and overcoming the grief he’s learning how to deal with. In the end, Patrick enters the steeplechase race that he had previously dropped out of and comes in first place.

4. New Year’s Eve

The film, named after and taking place on, New Year’s Eve, follows an ensemble of characters in various stories. These characters are all experiencing their own problems on the holiday, and the movie follows the interconnected stories. All of the characters are somehow connected to each other in one way or another. Zac Efron plays Paul Doyle, a deliveryman who gets offered tickets to the Ahern Records Masquerade Ball in exchange for helping Michelle Pfeffier’s character complete her New Year’s resolutions before midnight.

3. We Are Your Friends

We Are Your Friends follows the story of an up-and-coming DJ trying to make it in Los Angeles as he tries to navigate through life with his friends. Zac Efron stars as Cole Carter, a college dropout, struggling to make it as a DJ with a dream of becoming a big producer. The film shows various hardships that he and each of his friends have to figure out how to overcome. There is no direct solution for Carter’s character, though we do see some resolve at the end of the film; where he turns to his surroundings to pull inspiration for his long-awaited track. The track is met with enthusiastic acclaim and the audience sees Carter become more sure of himself and his future.

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2. Me and Orson Welles

Based on Robert Kaplow’s novel, Me and Orson Welles stars Zac Efron as a young and ambitious theater-loving teen, Richard Samuels. He gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when famous director Orson Welles offers him a small role in his production of ‘Julius Caesar.’ Welles and Richard butt heads throughout the entirety of the movie, especially over a girl Richard seems to be interested in. Our hearts break for Richard when he’s fired from the production after opening night, but we get a glimpse of his happy ending as he meets a new love interest.

1. Charlie St. Cloud

By far our favorite on this list, Charlie St. Cloud. The movie centers around Efron’s character, Charlie, who loses his younger brother in a traumatic car accident. As he recovers from the accident and attends the funeral, he begins to see the ghost of Sam. Charlie now has to navigate life between having a job and finding a new love interest, all while keeping the ghost of Sam alive by visiting him everyday; and keeping their visits a secret.

These are just a few of Zac Efron’s movies, though we know that there are a dozen more! Let us know if you recognized any of these films or if we missed your favorite. We’d love to hear from you! You can contact us by commenting down below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP! We are also on Facebook and Instagram!


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