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Troy Bolton would be devastated.

Zac Efron, who turns 22 Oct. 18, likes his new film "Me and Orson Wells" a whole lot more than his earlier work.

"It's the first time I've ever watched a movie [that I'm in] and in the end I'm like 'OK! I didn't check my watch once!" the "High School Musical" star says of the drama in the November issue of NYLON Guys magazine.

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Of his "HSM" popularity with tweens as a Disney teen idol (along with girlfriend Vanessa Hudgeons), he sniffs, "I try not to look at all of it. You can't enjoy or celebrate it; it's not a real thing. The face on the lunchbox and s***--you can't share that with your friends."

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The transitioning actor-singer also says "there was no effort" in his musical gifts as a child. "I was constantly singing. I would hear things on the radio and just be about to spit them out instantly, with perfect memorization and tone."

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Two folks who weren't impressed? Mom and Dad. "My parents were like 'Shut up. Please stop singing. It's annoying.'"

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