Zac Efron rose to prominence after starring in Disney’s High School Musical series. He gradually polished his skills and acted in several films, becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest hunks. He recently recalled hearing online rumors concerning his plastic surgery.

Last year, the Baywatch star prompted online speculation when he appeared in an Earth Day special with Bill Nye with his jaw appearing swollen. Many people assumed he had plastic surgery because of his apparent facial change. However, in a new interview, Zac put an end to the speculation.

The actor told Men’s Health for the October 2022 issue that he shattered his jaw after slipping in his house and hitting his chin on a granite fountain. He remembered waking up with his chin bone hanging off his face after his injury. To correct this, the High School Musical alum has been working with a specialist and undergoing physical therapy.

However, after taking a break from the exercises he described, “The masseters [muscles] just grew. They just got really, really big.” The actor admitted that he was unaware of the internet’s rampant speculation about whether he had surgery until his mother contacted him to inquire about it. Zac attributed his lack of social media knowledge to his general avoidance of it in order to protect his mental health.

If I valued what other people thought of me to the extent that they may think I do. I definitely wouldn’t be able to do this work.

Zac’s physical appearance isn’t the only thing that has altered in the last few years.  Zac also mentioned going into a “bad depression” while preparing for the 2017 movie Baywatch, where he co-starred with Dwayne Johnson. “I started to develop insomnia,” he said.

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.

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, 2 to 3 percent body fat.

The Internet can really be a scary place sometimes. They’ll just make assumptions based on the smallest details. Good for Zac that he was finally able to address it. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.

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Shivangini Rawat

Shivangini is a law student with a passion for writing and music. She writes for Thirstyfornews and enjoys cooking, baking, and playing various instruments. In her free time, she watches movies, TV shows, and anime, with a love for bands like Alcest and Scorpions.

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