In a deeply moving moment during his Hollywood Walk of Fame speech, Zac Efron, the renowned star known for his role in "High School Musical," paid heartfelt tribute to the late Matthew Perry. The somber occasion was marked by Efron's poignant acknowledgment of Perry's profound impact on his career and personal growth.
Matthew Perry, beloved for his role as Chandler Bing in the iconic sitcom "Friends," was tragically found deceased in his Los Angeles residence this past October, at the age of 54. This news sent ripples of grief throughout the entertainment community and his global fanbase.
Efron, who shared the screen with Perry in the 2009 comedy "17 Again," expressed his deep gratitude and admiration for Perry's kindness and mentorship. In the film, Efron portrayed a younger version of Perry's character, Mike O'Donnell, offering a unique opportunity for the two actors to collaborate closely.
This experience, as Efron reminisced, was not only a career highlight but also a pivotal moment that propelled him into new professional heights.
Efron Honors Perry's Legacy
"I really also want to mention someone that's not here today," Efron remarked during his acceptance speech, referencing his late co-star.
"And that's Matthew Perry, who was so kind and generous with me when we worked on 17 Again." Efron, 36, spoke of Perry's generosity and the significant influence he had on his career trajectory. "It really did propel me and motivate me in so many ways," he shared.
"It really pushed me into the next chapter of my career. And for that, thank you so much Matthew, thinking about you a lot today." In addition to honoring Perry, Efron also paid homage to Kenny Ortega, the director behind "High School Musical." This 2006 film was a seminal work in Efron's early career, setting the stage for his subsequent success in Hollywood.
Reflecting on these pivotal moments and influences, Efron's speech at the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony was not only a celebration of his achievements but also a touching tribute to those who shaped his journey. His words resonated with the audience, offering a glimpse into the genuine connections and mutual respect that exist within the film industry.