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See Photos Of Zac Efron As A Child—And He Wasn’t Always A Hunk!

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May 8 2015, Published 5:05 p.m. ET

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Zac Efron may be known for his famous abs—and, of course, acting skills!—but he wasn’t always a Hollywood hunk! Click through to see photos from the 27-year-old's childhood.

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Zachary David Alexander Efron grew up in Arroyo Grande, Calif. which is a small seaside town 22 miles south of San Luis Obispo.

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Before he was in High School Musical, he was, of course, in middle school!

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Here he is showing off his drama skills at an early age in a production of Peter Pan.

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According to Biography.com, Zac’s piano teacher saw his skills for acting when he was only 11.

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The instructor encouraged him to audition for roles at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, where it truly began for Zac.

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EXCLUSIVE: Zac Efron as a 14-year-old with crimped hair

EXCLUSIVE: Zac Efron as a 14 year old with crimped hair

He was always a character! According to his pal, when he was 14-years-old, Zac let a fellow theatre student at the California State Summer School for the Arts braid his hair.

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His friend said he left the braids in “for a long time,” and the end result was definitely different than his silky, straight hair!

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"When we eventually took the braids out his hair was all greasy and crimped,” his friend Lana said.

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After landing a few roles, he moved onto other local productions and eventually got his first talent agent.

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To Hollywood he went! While attending Arroyo Grande High School, Zac made regular visits to Los Angeles to audition.

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He landed his first major role in 2002 on the television show Firefly and several other guest appearances in the years after.

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EXCLUSIVE: Zac Efron as a 14-year-old with crimped hair

EXCLUSIVE: Zac Efron as a 14 year old with crimped hair

But it wasn’t until 2005 when he had his breakthrough moment on High School Musical.

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That’s when the hunk started dating his now ex-Vanessa Hudgens. He’s since moved onto model Sami Miro.

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Check out Zac Efron graduating from his actual high school!

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