Hollywood stars are humans too and under intense stress and pressure, they too can break down. Zac Efron is not one to shy away from his emotions. In an interview, the actor stated the immense pressure under which he had to work for attaining that flawless body in the 2017 comedy-action movie Baywatch.
Zac Efron Was Depressed During His Baywatch Phase
In a bid to attain that perfect body, the American actor found himself working excessively to the point of exhaustion. The actor spoke to Men’s Health during which he revealed the intense workout that the actor had to do while shooting for the movie along.
Zac Efron was on a diet of diuretics, a 4 A.M. gym workout no matter how late the shooting ended up in the night, and eating the same 3 meals every day to attain that perfect body.
“I started to develop insomnia, and I fell into a pretty bad depression, for a long time. 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.”
The actor went on to claim that his consumption of diuretics increased ever dramatically until his physique was achieved. The actor continued,
“That ‘Baywatch’ look, I don’t know if that’s really attainable. There’s just too little water in the skin. Like, it’s fake; it looks CGI’d. And that required Lasix, powerful diuretics, to achieve. So I don’t need to do that. I much prefer to have an extra, you know, two to three percent body fat.”
The actor gave it all for the movie. After the movie was released, Zac Efron tried to go back into his normal routine and let it all loose which, however, turned out for the worse.
Zac Efron Let It All Loose After Baywatch
Following a period of 6 months of Baywatch, Zac Efron started his leisurely life once again. He felt relaxed and right once again. In a bid to try to relax as much as he possibly wanted to, the 34-year-old actor let it all loose which he quickly regretted.
“At one point, that was a dream of mine — what it would be like to not have to be in shape all the time. What if I just say, ‘Fuck it’ and let myself go? So I tried it, and I was successful. And for all the reasons I thought it would be incredible, I was just miserable. My body would not feel healthy; I just didn’t feel alive. I felt bogged down and slow.”
The actor found it hard to be productive and realized the importance that his gym lifestyle had in his life. He later went back to the gym and along with the intense workout, follows ice-bathing and self-massaging.
“Before is when it’s most miserable, and when you finally just commit and jump in there. From that point forward, you’ve conquered something deep within you; you do not want to get cold. That’s the simplest philosophy: Anything you don’t want to do, make it a habit.”
Zac Efron will be starring in the upcoming biographical action comedy war film titled The Greatest Beer Run Ever and will be starring alongside actors such as Russel Crowe and Bill Murray. The film will be released in select theaters and on Apple TV+ on 30th September 2022. Baywatch is available to stream on Netflix.