Zac Efron's big break came in 2004, when he won the part in the WB teen drama Summerland. Though the show was canceled in 2005, the exposure led to being cast in High School Musical. "Breaking Free," one of his songs from the High School Musical soundtrack, jumped from number 86 to number four in two weeks, making it one of the fastest-climbing songs in Billboard history. He joined the cast of the film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray (itself an adaptation of John Waters' film), and won Teen Choice awards for Breakout Star and Choice Chemistry with fellow High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens. ~ Heather Phares
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