His role there was that of Troy Bolton, a popular student and captain of the basketball team.
Efron won a Teen Choice Award as "Advanced Star"
and "Choice by chemistry", shared with Vanessa Hudgens. Shortly after High School Musical premiered, on February 4, 2006, Efron debuted with two simultaneous songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts of the film: "Get'cha Head in the Game" and "Breaking Free", a duet with Vanessa Hudgens. In the week that followed the list, Efron had five simultaneous songs with High School Musical: "Get'cha Head in the Game", "Start of Something New", "What I've Been Looking For: Reprise", "We "All in This Together" and "Breaking Free." He also appeared on the Disney Channel Games in 2006 as Captain of the Red Team.