The 'Iron Claw' star and retired English actor met up at the National Board of Review Awards Gala on Thursday in N.Y.C., as seen in a photo posted by Efron
Zac Efron is still reeling from meeting one of his idols.
Efron shared a photo of the two men in conversation, both in velvet suit jackets — black for Day-Lewis, 66, and blue for Efron — alongside a poignant caption.
"The Iron Claw won best ensemble cast at the National Board of Review and got to meet [Daniel Day-Lewis] - someone I’ve looked up to for a long time now," he wrote.
Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories.
While presenting the honor, the three-time Academy Award winner praised Scorsese, 81, for his vision and effort to create "enthralling" films: “Martin's work — with the light of his own making — he illuminated unknown worlds that pulsed with the dangerous, irresistible energy, worlds that were mysterious to me and utterly enthralling."
"He illuminated the vast beautiful landscape of what is possible in film, and he clarified for me what it is that one must ask of oneself, to work in faith," Day-Lewis continued.
Day-Lewis — who starred in Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002) — has been retired from acting since 2017. Though he rarely steps out in public, he was seen out and about in the Big Apple twice in spring 2023.
"I recently had the honor of portraying Kevin Von Erich in The Iron Claw and it is a true privilege to share his incredible story with all of you," he wrote in an Instagram post on New Year's Day as he reflected on what he was "thankful" for from 2023.
Efron first became a household name after nabbing the lead role of Troy Bolton in 2006's High School Musical, and has since taken on roles that run the gamut from drama, to comedy, to musicals, romance and more.
“They believed in me, and they stuck with me, by my side, through all of it. And I think they sacrificed a lot to support me throughout the years," Efron continued. "So to have them here and to both be here in person is ... it makes me emotional, man. It's very special. It means the world to me."
The Iron Claw is in theaters now.
For more People news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!
Read the original article on People.