Zac Efron talks about the lengths he went through to achieve his fame Baywatch body type.
In a profile for the Men’s Health October issue, the actor, 34, opens up about the pressure he faced to achieve a near-perfect body for the role. But eventually it affected his physical and mental health.
“That Baywatch Look, I don’t know if this is really possible,” he said, explaining that he “needed Lasix” and “strong diuretics” to achieve it. After months of grueling training, it all paid off.
“I started developing insomnia and fell into a really bad depression, for a long time,” she shared. “Something about that experience burned me. I had a really hard time refocusing. Eventually they chalked it up to taking too many diuretics for too long and something went wrong.”
Once filming stopped, he said it took almost six months to feel focused again. All in all, he says the experience forced him to rethink his health priorities — including the daydream about possibly not making fitness a staple in his life at all.
“At one point, that was a dream of mine — what it would be like to not have to be in shape all the time,” he said. “What if I just said ‘F*** it’ and let myself go? So I tried it and it worked. And for all the reasons I thought it would be amazing, I was just miserable. My body won’t feel healthy, I just didn’t feel alive. I felt bogged down and slow.”
Of course, Efron is no stranger to avoiding criticism of his looks.
In April 2021, after he appeared in a clip promoting an Earth Day special with Bill Nye, internet trolls began to speculate whether or not he had plastic surgery on his face, pointing to the fact that his jawline appeared larger than he had seen before.
The Greatest Beer Run Ever the star explained Men’s Health that his face looks somewhat different because, about four years ago, he broke his jaw after hitting his chin on the granite corner of a fountain at home. He ended up passing out and when he woke up, he said his chin bone was hanging from his face.
When asked about the plastic surgery rumors, Efron laughed it off, explaining that the masseter muscles (used for chewing) work together with other facial muscles “like a symphony” and that, when he was injured, the muscles inside of his face and jaw he had to compensate.
“The hoarders just got bigger,” he said. “They just got really, really big.” To this day he is working with a specialist and doing physical therapy to mediate the injury.
But that didn’t stop the rumors. In fact they got so heavy that his mother called to ask if it was true. However, he doesn’t let the gossip get to him.
“If I valued what other people think of me as much as they might think I do,” he said, “I certainly couldn’t do this job.”
Looking ahead, the star says he’s focusing less on his body and more on his soul. Of course, for single Efron, love isn’t off the table.
“I really took the time to focus on, you know, self-fulfillment and trying to find my groove,” she shared. “I know that probably when I meet the right person, it will be where I least expect it. .”
Efron has previously spoken about how his Baywatch The diet had long-term effects. During a 2020 interview on Hot — a show where celebrities are interviewed while eating spicy chicken wings — said she “never wants” to be in that level of shape again.
The star famously underwent a strict, challenging diet and workout regimen to achieve the shredded physique he performed in that film, in which he appeared alongside Dwayne Johnson.
In 2016, he revealed in a tweet that he starved himself of carbs and sugar for nine days, as well as eating “only organic grass/free range protein and organic leafy greens” to achieve his body goals.
“It was really a very important moment Baywatch“, he said then. “I realized when I was done with this movie that I never want to be in this good shape again.”
“It was so hard,” she added. “You’re working with almost no wiggle room. You have things like water under your skin to worry about, turning your six-pack into a four-pack, s*** like that.
“It’s just stupid. It’s just not real,” he said.
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