Zac Efron’s appearance on “Ellen” took an unexpected turn after the host surprised the actor with his Madame Tussauds wax lookalike. Modeled after his character from the movie “Baywatch,” the figure is shirtless, clad only in a bathing suit and displays an overwhelmingly chiseled physique.
Efron then took the opportunity to send a message of body positivity to viewers at home. “For guys that’s unrealistic...I got very big and buff for that movie but I don’t want people to think that’s the best way to be,” he said. “Be your size. I don’t want to glamorize this,” the actor said to cheers.
The star had previously posted on social media about his his efforts to bulk up for the role, including details of his diet and exercise regimen.
9 days of absolutely zero carbs & sugar. Only organic grass fed/free range protein and organic leafy greens. This lead to...— Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) March 9, 2016
Viewers on Twitter applauded Efron for his encouraging message.
@TheEllenShow having @ZacEfron on your show brought tears to my eyes at 8:30am so thanks for that. But seriously thank you Zac for telling young men to be "their size" and not to glamorize buff men. The body image issue is talked about with woman but not as much with men.— Randi Teeple (@Rteeps) April 30, 2019
@ZacEfron on @TheEllenShow saying he doesn’t want to glamorise the Baywatch ripped body and you should just be whatever size you are with a completely genuine sentiment was such a nice moment. He seems like such a lovely guy pic.twitter.com/h0VHidwW6x— Pip Coomes (@PipCoomes) April 30, 2019
I so appreciated what Zac said today about his size to other guys,to not try and get as small as the statue! I though that was ver kind of him. Also I'm so sorry for the loss of his grandma😥🙏🏾🙏💔— Sheliah (@DanleySheliah) April 30, 2019
What a great young guy!
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