Zac Efron realized a few weeks ago that girls don't have cooties.
Even since then, he says the on-screen chemistry between himself and Vanessa Hudgens has been going as strong as the popularity of their show, High School Musical.
"For all of the partner things, me and Vanessa always got paired up," Efron, who is now dating his 18-year-old co-star, told reporters at a Disney Channel event in Los Angeles over the weekend.
"I was like, 'They're not trying us with other people.' For some reason we kept sticking around [for callbacks]. I don't know what it was with Vanessa, but we kind of clicked from the very beginning," People magazine reported Efron as saying.
The pair is now working the same magic off the set, threatening to unseat Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo as Hollywood's cutest couple.
Last week they got cozy at the L.A. premiere of Hairspray, in which Efron plays hunky Link Larkin. The couple watched the film together and held hands as they worked their way through the afterparty on the UCLA campus.
At the Disney Channel event, held to promote High School Musical 27, Efron revealed that he is almost as much of a fitness freak as Lindsay Lohan is a sex freak.
"I definitely like to stay active," he told People. "When I was younger, I was always outside playing sports. There's better things to do than sitting on the couch. I love hiking. If it gets me outside, if it gets me moving, then I love doing it."
Ashley Tisdale, another High School Musical alum, can vouch for Efron's health-conscious side.
"He was me and Vanessa's trainer on the first movie," Tisdale said. "It was so funny because he'd go, 'Do you really want to eat all those carbs?' And we were so scared, so we'd eat the carbs without him knowing, because he'd get on our case. It was fun."
Also fun? Efron's next project: a remake of the dance movie Footloose, in which he plays the Kevin Bacon character â€" a project he says he's honored to be involved in.
"It's iconic," he says. "It's got some amazing music. It would be an honor to make that film again and put my own flair on it. I'm really excited to get started. I can't wait."
Sounds like how we feel about Britney Spears in Playboy. You know it's coming to that.