With the release of [movieperson id=”438080″]Zac Efron[/movieperson]’s [movie id=”305755″]”17 Again”[/movie] on April 17, it’s “High School Musical” alumni week. MTV News is going to catch you up on what the future holds for all of your favorite East High Wildcats!
When Zac Efron was announced as the “Saturday Night Live” host for this past weekend, most people assumed there would be some sort of [movie id=”295292″]”High School Musical”[/movie] sketch. Efron did win the hearts of teen girls everywhere as singing basketball player-turned-theater nerd Troy Bolton in the flicks.
For the inevitable “SNL” sketch, Efron reprised his role as Troy — but this time things were less sunny for the East High superstar. Efron thought it was the perfect way to show the world he’s cool with his “HSM” past.
“That was the most PC way to make fun of ‘HSM,’ ” he told MTV News. “I figured, ‘What if this was the only school in America that was a musical, and we did it literally?’ I still make very family-friendly films. I’m not involved with the next ‘Trainspotting’ sequel or anything like that.
“I’m not doing anything to drastically try and change up my image,” he added. “But I do need to keep things interesting for myself. And grow up.”
In addition to having the chance to poke fun at his “HSM” roots, being on “SNL” meant Efron got the chance to work alongside one of his favorite bands, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. “You kind of can gauge the potential for a show, at least on ‘SNL,’ by the musical guest, and when I heard they were going to be on, I was so stoked,” he said. “That was pretty much an instant ‘yes.’ ”
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