Zac Efron has opened up about the extreme regime required to build her “Baywatch” body and has warned others about the disastrous effect it can have on her long-term well-being.
in an interview with men’s health, the actor said that his physical and mental health had to pay a price to achieve the cut look in the 2017 action comedy. Efron plays Matt Brody, an Olympic swimmer who becomes a lifeguard to re-establish his image after a brawl.
“That ‘Baywatch’ Look, I don’t know if it’s really attainable,” he told the magazine. “There’s just too little water in the skin. Like, it’s fake; it looks CGI’d. And it needed Lasix, the powerful diuretic, to achieve that.”
Efron said he was taking diuretics, overtraining and eating the same three meals every day while filming and not getting enough sleep due to his intense training regimen.
“I started developing insomnia,” he said. “And I got into a really bad depression for a long time. Something about that experience burned me out.”
“Eventually they made it up to taking too many diuretics for a very long time, and it messed something up,” he said.
It took him six months to feel better after filming.
He said he was talking about it now because he wanted people trying to get that body to know how damaging the procedure was and how long it took him to recover.
He’s currently up for an unnamed new role, he said, but he’s taking a different approach to his training this time around and won’t try to get in the same shape as he was for “Baywatch.”