And that can only come with time, respect, and making decisions that are hard.” If you look closely enough, there are plenty of signs of this process at work, often in unlikely places.
With their movie franchise propelling them to superstardom, it didn't take long for them to become the It couple of the Disney Channel.
While we all held a candle for Zac and those gorgeous blue eyes, the pair's giggly dates to basketball games and lovey-dovey, PDA-filled red carpet appearances, made their young love hard to resist.
“For sure, I assumed he’d be a guy I wouldn’t like very much,” Rogen told me.
“But he was very self-effacing and self-deprecating, and I remember really liking him.
“If the zombie apocalypse happened right now,” he says, “I’d definitely be able to defend myself.” Of course, Efron wasn't always recognized for being an obscenely fit man. At the height of his early fame, circa 2007, Zac Efron was the extremely handsome teen star of Disney’s smash-hit sequels, albums, and mall appearances, then retired into a life of wealthy obscurity. “The second we finished the first one,” he says, he began to tell people this wasn’t the life he had in mind. And I said, ‘Guys, you know this is not at all what I want to do? ’” After appearing in the 2007 musical , and poked fun at himself in several Funny Or Die sketches. He became a recurring character in the tabloids for a series of social shenanigans that culminated in early 2014, when he got into a fight with a homeless man under a downtown L. The R-rated comedy earned more than $260 million and became the highest-grossing live-action film of co-star Seth Rogen’s career; but the biggest surprise was probably that Efron stole the movie.
Like Justin Timberlake before him, he seemed to successfully shed any former teen-idol lameness and managed to come out the other side not only respectable and unscathed but also cool.The episode opens with Efron and Grylls skydiving from a helicopter to begin their quest.Efron had jumped a grand total of once in preparation, and that was with an instructor at a much higher altitude.A.-ish ingredients like alkaline water, montmorillonite clay, and activated charcoal. And the payoff is a body that, he says, feels as good as it ever has.In person, Efron is taller than I’d imagined—5'9"—and far less bulky. “Right now I’m probably the physically strongest I’ve ever felt,” he says.When our iced coffees arrive, he pours a little of that into the bottle, too.