Zac Efron expressed deep admiration for Matthew Perry during his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, attributing the late actor as a significant source of motivation early in his career.

At the age of 36, Efron was honored with a coveted star on the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Monday. While acknowledging his career achievements, Efron took a moment to extend special thanks to “someone that’s not here today.”

Perry, who co-starred with Efron in the 2009 comedy “17 Again,” tragically passed away in his Pacific Palisades home in October.

Reflecting on their collaboration, Efron shared that the 54-year-old “Friends” actor had been “so kind and generous” during the making of “17 Again.” Working alongside Perry and director Burr Steers, Efron credited them for providing the inspiration to embark on the “next chapter” of his career.

In a heartfelt tribute, Efron, looking toward the sky, addressed Perry directly, saying, “For that, thank you so much, Matthew. Thinking about you a lot today.”

Prior to his passing, Perry expressed his desire for Zac Efron to portray him in a biopic about his life. In November, Efron responded, expressing that he would be “honored” to take on the role.

Before “17 Again,” Efron gained international fame for his portrayal of the teen heartthrob Troy Bolton in the High School Musical trilogy. During Monday’s ceremony, Efron took a moment to express gratitude to High School Musical director Kenny Ortega and producer Bill Borden, both of whom were present.

Addressing the crowd, Efron acknowledged their significant roles in giving him his start in High School Musical, expressing eternal gratitude. He playfully added, “I still think about it every day. I sing the songs in the shower.” When a fan responded with a relatable “Me too!” to Efron’s shower admission, the star, in true Troy Bolton fashion, exclaimed, “Go Wildcats!” The expected result followed as the crowd erupted in cheers.

Actor Miles Teller, who co-starred with Efron in the 2014 comedy “That Awkward Moment,” took the stage at the ceremony to highlight Efron’s prominent position in the pop culture zeitgeist.

“For our generation, Zac was and is the first true superstar to come out of our class,” remarked the “Top Gun: Maverick” star.

Zac Efron’s Walk of Fame unveiling transcended a mere stroll down memory lane. The actor received praise from co-star Jeremy Allen White and director Sean Durkin, collaborators on the upcoming film “The Iron Claw.” The biographical sports drama delves into the narrative of the Von Erich wrestling family and the mythical “Von Erich curse” that cast a shadow of tragedy over the family.

White hailed Efron as a genuine movie star, describing his career as “prolific.” He lauded Efron’s penchant for seeking challenges and change, complimenting him as devastatingly handsome, kind, and endlessly hardworking.

“To me, he’s selfless. He’s egoless,” White continued. “It’s as if Zac Efron doesn’t know he is, in fact, a movie star. So, we’re all here to remind him and put a big star in the ground with his name on it, so Zac will never forget.”

Efron is the 2,767th person to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, according to a press release.

Receiving a star on the Walk of Fame is a “dream come true” for Efron. He expressed, “I’ve been acting and singing and dancing for as long as I can remember, since I was a little boy, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be standing here today in front of such dear friends, colleagues throughout the years, and lifelong fans who have been with me since day one,” Efron said.

The A24 film “The Iron Claw” is set to hit theaters on December 22, 2023.