August 21, 2015 at 01:58 PM EDT

Zac Efron shared a surprising anecdote on Thursday’s episode of The Late Late Show. After Ben Kingsley revealed his nightmares of being back in school, James Corden inquired about what school was like for Efron.

“Zac, school must have been amazing for you,” Corden said. “I can’t even begin to imagine …”

“In actual school I was singing and dancing. It just wasn’t cool … I was very nerdy because of it,” Efron told Corden.

A skeptical Corden and Bill Hader then interrupted Efron.

“You were the most beautiful nerd anyone’s ever seen,” Corden said.

Bill Hader, a film nerd in his own right, agreed with Corden: “I’d like to see that school. There’s the nerd.”

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