Zac Efron didn't sing much in the first High School Musical film, or on the soundtrack — the part was written for a different range. "I didn't even sing on the first album. It wasn't my voice in the movie. Even though I wanted to do it," Zac admits to Rolling Stone in a 2007 interview. "So what do you do when the entire cast is supposed to accept an award at the Billboard Awards and your voice is only on the album in a select few lines? I felt extremely guilty."
Singer Drew Seeley, who played Troy in the North American and Latin American touring cast of HSM, provided the vocals on the soundtrack and in the first film, in addition to co-writing the song "Getcha Head in the Game." Zac mostly lip-synced through the first film, but did contribute a small portion of the vocals.
That doesn't mean that Zac doesn't have a voice of an angel to match those heavenly abs, though. Once Zac was locked down as Troy for the sequels, he had enough clout to, as he tells the Orlando Sentinel in 2007, "put my foot down and fight to get my voice on these tracks."
So the voice you hear in HSM 2 and 3? All Zac, although he does concede that Drew is "much more of a singer. "He's very talented," he says in that Orlando Sentinel interview. "I consider myself a regular kid that can carry a tune."
He's put his pipes to use since HSM, too. Did you see his 2012 duet with Taylor Swift on Ellen? The pair did a haphazard parody of "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People, all to make fun of Ellen DeGeneres:
Zac has practiced his guitar skills a little more since then, and this past January went back on Ellen to perform for the host solo.
We're hoping he finds more use for his singing skills in his burgeoning adult career! Maybe Neighbors 2: S—t Gets Musical?
Yes, Demi Lovato does have a dog! His name is Oliver, and he's both fluffy and adorable. The "Heart Attack" singer adopted the little Shih Tzu as a puppy in 2011 — and her half-sister Madison de la Garza got his littermate, Bentley. Maddie introduced her pup via Twitter, saying she and Demi "have matching brothers!"
Other Lovato/De La Garza family dogs include Bailey, a terrier mix, and Bella, another Shih Tzu, according to a 2012 biography of the star. It's unclear which family members have custody of which dogs based on their Twitters alone, though, since the family seems oh-so-very close.
In fact, the last time we saw Oliver, it was in a photo by Demi's mom Dianna! Back in December, Dianna posted a photo of Oliver in a glitter Santa suit on her WhoSay account. "How could you do this to me?? I'm so embarrassed," the caption reads.
Miley Cyrus and her Hannah Montana co-star Emily Osment have had their ups and downs, as Miley wrote about in her 2009 autobiography, Miles to Go. While many thought of the two as besties for life, like their on-screen counterparts Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana and Lilly Truscott, the truth is, at first, they didn't get along too well.
Miley went into the Hannah Montana experience pretty insecure, she admits in the book. Emily had been in commercials and TV shows before the series, whereas Miley had only a handful of bit parts. "It all felt easier and much more natural than sitting in that high school cafeteria," she says.
That tension would last for years. "Emily and I tried to be friends, we really did, but it always ended in a fight," writes Miley, adding that despite peacekeeping efforts, they'd be "back at each other's throats" in no time. When they were allowed to be normal, non-working kids, Miley remembers occasional "hints of fondness" between them. "Our characters got along so well," she writes. "Why couldn't we act the same in real life?"
After two years of shooting the series, Miley and Emily started the Hannah Montana movie, giving the then-frenemies plenty of time to get used to each other. One day, they found some baby birds in an old shack and shared a moment — and after that, things changed between them. Not overnight, but Miley now calls them "freakishly close."
"Now when I look at Emily I don't feel insecure or competitive or annoyed at our differences," reflects Miley. "It was worth it, worth all that fighting and tolerating … The friendships that take work can be the ones that are most rewarding."
That was 2009. Was she right? Do she and Emily have a lasting bond? In 2012, Miley gave us an update, telling Seventeen, "We love each other like sisters."
If their Twitter interactions are any indication, that sisterly bond still exists today. In April, Emily sent Miley a couple of heart emojis, just because. In August, Emily posted a selfie of the two at the premiere of Liam Hemsworth's film Paranoia… looking a lot closer to Miley than her then-fiancé.
However, these friends seem to want to keep their dealings private. The last time Miley publicly reached out to Emily on Twitter, she said "miss u," followed by "Hit me on DM." So we probably won't see too many antics from these besties, but behind the scenes, they remain close.
Sources: Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus, Seventeen, Twitter, Instagram