Once upon a time, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens — known together as Zanessa — were the golden couple. Everyone’s OTP. They played Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez in High School Musical — the star-crossed pair who were always meant to be perfect harmony together. And yeah, knowing your fave on-screen lovebirds were together in real life was simply magic.

But just because their relationship ended many years ago, that doesn’t mean they don’t still think about it from time to time. In fact, The Princess Switch actress just opened up about their relationship on the Awards Chatter podcast, and explained why her romance with The Greatest Showman star was so important during that time in her life.

“It started off really organically,” she said. “I could not have been more grateful to have that relationship at the time. … It was this massive phenomenon and [all] eyes were on me. And it’s just a really weird foreign thing to go through, and by being in a relationship, it kind of kept me stabilized and grounded, and I had someone to lean on who was going through it as well.” Aww!

That’s not all she revealed about her former flame, though. Apparently, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the couple, and despite appearing to have the perfect relationship to the public eye, they did get into some fights.

“I remember one time we did have a fight and it was while we were at rehearsals, and I remember Kenny Ortega coming around the corner with the most concerned look on his face like, ‘Oh no, is our movie going to fall apart right?'”

Fortunately, their argument didn’t cause the High School Musical franchise to go up in flames, and instead, Vanessa recalled being able to move past that fight and continue as professionals.

“I pride myself on being a professional,” she said. “So I was like that aside we are going to move forward and do what we need to do…and we sorted it all out. I think because I was so young, I think that relationship stabilized me.”

Seriously, we couldn’t agree more, and no one can deny just how much of an adorable love story Z & V had. That’s why we’re here to break down all the burning questions you’ve ever had about their relationship. You can thank us later!

Scroll through the gallery to get all of your Zanessa questions answered.

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