Zac Efron has revealed he “fell into a pretty bad depression” while training for the 2017 film Baywatch.
The 34-year-old actor starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in the comedy – based on the 1989 original series of the same name – about a group of lifeguards tasked with saving the future of their bay from a criminal conspiracy.
In a new interview with men health, Efron described the preparations he went through to gear up for the film, including taking diuretics and overtraining.
“That Baywatch Look, I don’t know if that’s really achievable. There is simply not enough water in the skin. It is a fake; it looks CGI-d” that high school musical added a star.
“And that required Lasix, powerful diuretics, to make that happen. So I don’t need that. I prefer a lot more, you know, two to three percent body fat.”
While making it clear that he didn’t want to sound like he was complaining, Efron said he wanted to interest others who “Baywatch Body” aware of the devastating effect the exercise had on his health.
“I started developing insomnia,” he explained. “And I went into a pretty bad depression for a long time. Something about that experience burned me out. I had a really hard time re-focusing.”
He added, “Ultimately, they put it down to taking way too many diuretics for way too long, and it messed things up.”
At the time, he asked himself, “How about not always having to be in shape?
“What if I just say ‘fuck it’ and let myself go? So I tried and I was successful. And for all the reasons I thought it would be incredible, I was just unhappy. My body wouldn’t feel healthy; I just didn’t feel alive. I felt stuck and slow.”
Well, at this point in his life, Efron explained that both experiences have taught him to seek balance.
“I’ve really taken the time to focus on my self-expression and try to find my groove,” he said.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/zaf-efron-baywatch-training-bad-depression-b2162209.html Zac Efron reveals he “fell into a pretty bad depression” while training for Baywatch.