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Efron cried at first audition

WENN, Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 8:01am (PST)

Zac Efron nearly gave up on his acting career after his first audition, because the try-out was so bad it made him cry.

The "High School Musical" star was just 15 when he went along to meet the producers of a Peter Pan-inspired project, but his acting skills did not impress the Hollywood bosses and he was rejected immediately.

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And Efron, 22, admits the memory still makes him cringe.

He says, "My first audition ever was for this "Peter Pan" live action show when I was 15 and I'd just done the play "Peter Pan" so I thought 'who could be better?'"

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"I showed up and it was on tape in this tiny room. On stage you speak to the back of the room and you project and Peter Pan is very animated and jumping off things and going crazy so that's what I did in the audition, running around and jumping off my chair, singing the lines."

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"This woman interrupted me and goes 'you've never done this before have you?' and I went 'no' and she went 'okay, you can go' and that was the worst audition ever, ever in my life. I kind of wept about that one."

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