Jeremy Allen White will only watch Zac Efron’s ‘High School Musical’ movies if he will ‘hold my hands’

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Jeremy Allen White revealed on the “Just for Variety” podcast that he has never seen his The Iron Claw co-star Zac Efron’s High School Musical trilogy, but he has a playful condition before diving into the films.

“I haven’t seen them,” the 32-year-old actor admitted, addressing Zac Efron. “Sorry, Zac. I will watch them. I will.” White added a humorous touch, saying he would only watch the films “if Zac holds my hand through them,” quipping, “That’s how we’ll get it done.”

Jeremy Allen White is up for the idea of raising money

When podcast host Marc Malkin floated the idea of turning Jeremy Allen White and Zac Efron watching High School Musical into a potential charitable fundraiser, White responded with humor, saying, “Just film Zac and I, fingers interlaced in a theatre, watching the three… it’s three films?”

White clarified his terms, stating that he would “only watch the ones that Zac is a part of,” excluding any spinoffs. He firmly declared, “That’s a part of the deal,” before expressing enthusiasm for the charitable endeavor, saying, “But yeah, I’d be up for that, raising money.”

Jeremy talks about Efron at the Walk of Fame unveiling

Both Zac Efron and Jeremy Allen White have been actively promoting their latest film, The Iron Claw, which debuted in the theatres on Friday. 

Moreover, the co-stars have developed a strong bond during the filming. This connection was highlighted when Efron received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this month, with White stepping up to speak at the unveiling.

In a playful yet heartfelt tribute, White quipped, “It’s as if Zac Efron doesn’t know he is, in fact, a movie star. So we’re all here today to remind him and put a big star in the ground with his name on it so he’ll never forget.”

‘Go Wildcats!’

During the event honoring him, Efron expressed gratitude to High School Musical director Kenny Ortega and producer Bill Borden, acknowledging their pivotal roles in launching his career. Efron said, “You guys were both instrumental in giving me my start in High School Musical,” Efron said. “For that, I’m just eternally grateful. I still think about it every day — I sing the songs in the shower.”

At the ceremony, Efron playfully revived his iconic character Troy Bolton as she shouted out the movie’s iconic phrase, “Go Wildcats!” He also shared the surreal experience of receiving a star, stating, “It’s a dream come true.”

Expressing his overwhelming emotions, Efron said, “You have no idea how I’m feeling right now. It’s so surreal. I’ve been acting and singing and dancing for as long as I can remember, since I was a little boy, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be standing here today in front of such dear friends, colleagues throughout the years and lifelong fans who have been with me since day one. I love you guys so much.”