'Masseters just grew': Zac Efron responds to plastic surgery rumors, says his face muscles got 'really big' after injury
THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA: Zac Efron, 34, has finally responded to the rumors of plastic surgery after his face looks quite different in an Earth Day video with Bill Nye surfaced last year on social media. In a new interview for Men's Health's October cover, the actor said when he was injured, the muscles on the inside of his face and jaw had to compensate. “The masseters just grew. They just got really, really big,” he explained.
Talking to Men's Health, Efron said he was not aware of the Jaw-gate until his mother called to ask if he’d gotten plastic surgery, as he generally stays away from social media, a habit he has been following since he became a public figure at 17. “If I valued what other people thought of me to the extent that they may think I do,” he says, “I definitely wouldn’t be able to do this work.” Efron also spoke about his body image, discussing how the physique fans saw in 2017's 'Baywatch' isn't "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," he explained and added, "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.” Six months after 'Baywatch' wrapped up, Efron said he started to feel good again.
Efron says he was able to take a real break from work and went to Australia to fall out of shape for the first time in his adult life. "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, 'F*ck 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," he described.
Earth Day! The Musical
In 2021, Efron was one of the many celebs who starred in a video with Bill Nye on Earth Day, that started the rumors, to present a special musical to fans. 'Earth Day! The Musical,' which was shared on Facebook Watch, included such stars as Justin Bieber, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, and Steve Aoki, among others.