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.The film became a major commercial and critical success upon its release in July 2007.
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).
During this time, he also starred in the musical film Hairspray (2007) and the comedy film 17 Again (2009).
He also starred in the drama At Any Price, which premiered at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival, and the historical drama Parkland, which premiered at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival.
Both of these films received mixed reviews from critics.
ET's Katie Krause caught up with Austin at the MTV Music Video Awards on Sunday, when he dished about how he and Vanessa have been able to keep their relationship so strong. Vanessa also revealed that her own father, Greg, is currently battling stage four cancer.
"If you're constantly looking for ways that you can make them happy, and they're constantly looking for ways that they can make you happy, then you kind of lift each other up as much as possible and you can’t go wrong." Recently, 26-year-old Vanessa even dedicated her award for Breakthrough Performer at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards in Los Angeles to Austin's late mother, Lori, who died of cancer last year.The film received almost unanimously negative reviews from critics, but became a major success at the box office.He also played a supporting role in the critically successful Liberal Arts (2012), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 and received a limited release later that year.The film, which has been described as a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, saw Efron playing the male lead Troy Bolton, a high school basketball player who feels conflicted when he finds himself interested in participating in the school musical with Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens), a girl from the scholastic decathlon team.The film, which also starred Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman in pivotal roles, became a major success and helped Efron gain recognition among teenage audiences.In his subsequent musical films, Efron did his own singing.