Zac Efron Says He Was Recognized by a Tribe in Papua New Guinea Because of High School Musical

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The High School Musical craze lives on — even all the way across the globe!

Zac Efron revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday that he was recognized by a tribe in Papua New Guinea because of his breakout role as Troy Bolton in the Disney musical franchise.

Efron, 34, told host Jimmy Kimmel about his crocodile catching excursion with the tribesmen, explaining, "I lived with this local tribe. They were from the Sepik River, and they're kind of well known as the crocodile people because they live in the Sepik River, and they worship crocodiles. It's their deity, their god."

Kimmel then asked the Down to Earth host if he was recognized at any point during the trip or if the the group ever saw him in the Disney films.

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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL-Disney Channel Original Movie "High School Musical" tells the story of two high school students - Troy (Zac Efron), a popular basketball player and Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens), a shy, brainy newcomer - who share a secret passion for singing. When these two seemingly polar opposites decide to join forces and go out for the lead roles in the school musical, it wreaks havoc on East High's rigid social order. But by defying expectations and pursuing their dreams, Troy and Gabriella inspire other students to go public with some surprising hidden talents of their own. "High School Musical" premieres FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. (DISNEY CHANNEL/FRED HAYES)
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL-Disney Channel Original Movie "High School Musical" tells the story of two high school students - Troy (Zac Efron), a popular basketball player and Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens), a shy, brainy newcomer - who share a secret passion for singing. When these two seemingly polar opposites decide to join forces and go out for the lead roles in the school musical, it wreaks havoc on East High's rigid social order. But by defying expectations and pursuing their dreams, Troy and Gabriella inspire other students to go public with some surprising hidden talents of their own. "High School Musical" premieres FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. (DISNEY CHANNEL/FRED HAYES)

FRED HAYES/DISNEY CHANNEL

Nodding his head, Efron explained, "I was out there camping, I didn't have a cellphone. We were off the grid. In Papua New Guinea, there's no technology. We were sleeping in little huts that they had for us — and that was me and a lot of buddies. We were roughing it, for sure."

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However, by the end of the trip, "a couple of guys came to me with cellphones — these are the tribesmen guys. We FaceTimed their cousins, their wives and people that were living in other places all over the world," he said.

"They knew who I was the whole time and didn't say anything about it! It was pretty wild, and then I realized, 'Wow, OK. I've made it everywhere.' "

Earlier this month, the well-traveled star came up during Jessica Alba's appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show — and is part of the reason why her children think she's a "nerd."

Alba explained that she and Efron teamed up to costar in videos for a tourism campaign for Dubai, where she was inspired to make a TikTok dance video during the work trip.

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When she got back from her trip, the Honest Company founder said she tried to "be chill" while sharing the exciting social media moment with her three kids. Alba shares daughters Honor Marie, 13, and Haven Garner, 10, plus son Hayes Alba, 4, with husband Cash Warren.

"They were like, 'Oh, Mom, why is he in a video? Why do you know him?' " she remembered. "Like, why are you in the presence of someone that's cool?"

"I'm like, 'Don't you know who I am?!' " the Fantastic Four star said with a laugh.