Jeremy Allen White’s Hesitancy on Watching Zac Efron’s ‘High School Musical’: Willingness Hinges on a Hand-Holding Pact


Jeremy Allen White, known for his role in “The Iron Claw,” revealed on the “Just for Variety” podcast that he has never watched his co-star Zac Efron’s famed High School Musical trilogy. However, he humorously pledged to rectify this by watching the movies under one playful condition – that Zac Efron would watch them with him and hold his hand through the viewing experience. White humorously remarked, “That’s how we’ll get it done.”

When host Marc Malkin suggested turning their High School Musical viewing into a potential charitable fundraiser, White played along, suggesting filming both him and Efron with intertwined fingers in a theater watching the three films. He clarified that he would only watch the movies involving Efron and not the spinoffs, expressing willingness to participate in the charitable initiative.

Efron and White, who have developed a strong bond while working on “The Iron Claw,” recently showcased their camaraderie at Efron’s Hollywood Walk of Fame unveiling. White delivered a playful yet heartfelt tribute, reminding Efron of his movie star status and adding humor to the celebratory moment.


At the Walk of Fame ceremony, Efron expressed gratitude to the key figures behind High School Musical, acknowledging their significant roles in launching his career. Playfully, he revived his iconic character Troy Bolton by shouting the movie’s famous phrase, “Go Wildcats!” Efron also shared his surreal feelings about receiving a star and expressed overwhelming gratitude towards friends, colleagues, and lifelong fans who have supported him throughout his career.

The playful banter between Jeremy Allen White and Zac Efron about watching High School Musical together and their camaraderie displayed at Efron’s Walk of Fame ceremony reflects the genuine friendship and connection they’ve formed while working together, adding a lighthearted touch to their professional relationship.