In order to portray hot Olympic Swimmer Matt Brody in the 2017 film Baywatch, Zac Efron struggled to maintain good health while reducing his body fat.
The actor told IndieWire that while striving to have the “ideal” Baywatch body, he experienced insomnia, depression, and constant feelings of weakness. The now seasoned actor first gained attention as a teen idol and for many years he mostly portrayed plays that emphasised his good looks, which put him in a position that is frequently discussed for women but less so for men.
So, his latest remarks are probably going to start a new discussion about the excessive expectations Hollywood and popular culture have of celebrities.
Zac Efron claimed that as a result, he not only felt unwell and sad, but also exhausted. The fact that Baywatch failed to establish a franchise like its TV predecessor did may perhaps be for the best at least for its performers.
“I started to develop insomnia, and I fell into a pretty bad depression, for a long time,” Efron told IndieWire. “Something about that experience burned me out. I had a really hard time recentering. Ultimately they chalked it up to taking way too many diuretics for way too long, and it messed something up.”
Efron continued, “That Baywatch look, I don’t know if that’s actually feasible.” I don’t need to do that; I want to have an additional two to three percent body fat. “There’s just too little water in the skin”.
Peacock and Netflix is currently streaming Baywatch