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Zac Efron’s Hottest Moments Through the Years: Photos


Hollywood heartthrob! Zac Efron and his toned physique have turned heads for decades from High School Musical to The Beach Bum.

Efron has grown up in front of the camera, earning his teen dream status with his breakout role as Cameron Bale on Summerland in 2004 and following it up with Troy Bolton in 2006’s HSM.

He has since evolved into an action star and big box office name — and his buff body has followed him every step of the way.

“I can’t explain to you what it’s like to be a heartthrob, [because] I don’t think I am a heartthrob,” the New Year’s Eve star told CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Tracy Smith in April 2012. “I hate [that word]. I hate it. It follows you around, but you don’t deserve it. It’s like, ‘Why?’ It’s just me. I’m just Zac.”

Efron’s active lifestyle, which involves adventures around the world, is part of the reason he is so fit. He has trained for different roles in the past and survived the wilderness with Bear Grylls due to his work ethic.

“When I’m very careful about my fitness and have a goal in mind, it keeps me motivated and balanced,” he told Men’s Journal in June 2016. “I wake up earlier. I don’t feel the need to be out — that kills your day, your hobbies, and your motivation.”

The 17 Again star, who has been sober since 2013, joked that “if the zombie apocalypse happened right now, I’d definitely be able to defend myself.”

The Greatest Showman actor’s physical transformation became apparent in roles such as Neighbors, Baywatch and That Awkward Moment.

Baywatch costar Alexandra Daddario revealed in April 2017 that she “wasn’t prepared” when she touched Efron’s abs for the first time.

“It was like an animalistic shock went through me. I don’t know. He’s, like, not human,” she told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “He’s like something Michelangelo carved. I’ve never seen a man that looks like him. It’s incredible.”

Despite getting attention for his look in the 2017 lifeguard film, Efron revealed that he was “too big” and it was unnatural.

“For guys, that’s unrealistic. I’m telling you,” the Dirty Grandpa actor told Ellen DeGeneres in April 2019, when looking at his Madame Tussauds wax figure inspired by his movie appearance. “I got very big and buff for that movie, but I don’t want people to think that’s the best way to be. Like, be your size. I don’t want to glamorize this.”

Scroll down to see Efron’s buff body throughout the years.

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Zac Around the World

The Human Discoveries actor traveled to different countries as a part of his Netflix series, Down to Earth With Zac Efron, which premiered in July 2020. Throughout his journey he showed off a slightly bulkier body while experiencing a variety of local customs.

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The Great Outdoors

Efron showed off his toned upper body in four different episodes of his YouTube series, “Off the Grid,” from March to July 2019. He spent time in the Arizona desert, enjoyed snow in Park City, Utah, went fishing in the L.A. River, and tried off-roading in Mammoth Lakes, California.

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Goofy Guy

“After all these years, I still haven’t washed this nipple @jimcarreyhere,” Efron wrote via Instagram in June 2019, alongside a photo of Jim Carrey touching his nipple.

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Brotherly Love

The Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile star paid tribute to his brother Dylan on his birthday in February 2019 by sharing a series of photos of the two playing under a waterfall.

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Golfing Glory

“FOORREE!!” Efron captioned a video of himself playing golf without a shirt in January 2019.

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Boarding

The Columbia Winter actor tried to distract fans from his washboard abs by doing skateboarding tricks while in France in September 2018.

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Hot Out Here

The buff Baywatch star went shirtless for a camel ride in Dubai in April 2017.

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Baywatch Babe

Efron showed off his killer abs and muscular arms on set of his upcoming movie Baywatch in Miami Beach in March 2016.

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Is He Even Human?

“‘Blood, sweat and respect. The first two you give, the last one you earn.’ Learned that from @therock who I happened to get in a tire flipping race with on #Baywatch,” Efron captioned a photo with his costar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in March 2016. “Needless to say I lost this one – come at me on the 50 yard dash and we’ll see what happens, Sasquatch.”

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Swinging and Swooning

Efron stayed focused — and shirtless — as he stayed in character on the set of Baywatch in Miami in March 2016. He was spotted swinging from a rope in a lifeguard training obstacle course. 

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Scuba Pants Welcome

The Hairspray actor showed off his buff body and killer abs while taking a swimming class in L.A. in January 2016.

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No Shirt Needed!

The former Disney star wore pants — and nothing else — while getting a hair touch-up before Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January 2016. “I woke up like this @jimmykimmellive #dirtygrandpa,” he captioned the Instagram photo.

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Orange Is the New Zac

Efron showed off his incredible sixpack on the set of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, in September 2015. He reprised his role as frat boy Teddy in the sequel, and stripped down to a pair of tiny orange shorts during a tailgating scene.

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Good Genes

Efron put his arm muscles on display while getting a piggyback ride from little brother Dylan in July 2015.

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Swing Zone

The California native lost his shirt while hanging from a rope in Oahu, Hawaii, with his pal and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates costar Adam Devine in June 2015. The twosome went swimming in a lake, swung on ropes, and goofed off on their afternoon away from set.

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Dirty Grandchild!

Efron was nearly naked on the set of Dirty Grandpa in Tybee Island, Georgia, in April 2015, showing off his impressively muscular bod. In the flick, the hunk stars alongside Robert De Niro, who plays his perverted grandpa.

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Flex Masters

The actor flexed his guns while battling an also shirtless De Niro on the set of Dirty Grandpa in 2015.

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Hunk on Horseback

The Disaster Artist actor rode a horse in Sardinia in July 2014 while on vacation with then-girlfriend Michelle Rodriguez.

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Survival Stud

Efron stripped down for the camera during a July 2014 episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls in order to rappel down a cliffside in New York’s Catskill Mountains. “I reckon let’s just take our tops off, stuff them in our backpacks, waterproof them so we’ve got something dry to put on the other side,” survival specialist Grylls said. Yeah, good idea.


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No Shirt on Set

The Summerland alum flexed his ab muscles while filming We Are Your Friends in 2014.

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MTV Man Candy

Efron stripped off his shirt at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in April as the crowd roared.

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Full Frontal … And Back

In the 2014 film That Awkward Moment, Efron goes nude and bares his toned backside while sprawling across a toilet.


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Basketball Babe

The New Year’s Eve actor flashed his abs while playing basketball on the L.A. set of Neighbors in May 2013. “Zac Efron is incredibly handsome,” his costar, Rogen, told to Us. “He’s the sexiest motherf—er on the planet. He’s a good-looking kid.”

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Delts on Deck

Efron packed on 18 pounds of muscle to play a Marine in 2012’s The Lucky One. “By the end of the movie I didn’t recognize myself,” Efron, who weighed 145 pounds when production began, later told Men’s Health.

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Ab Watch

While filming The Lucky One, Efron adopted an intense workout regime to pack on added muscle. “You get this strange sense of power as those weights increase,” Efron — who worked out five days a week for an hour each time — told Men’s Health in 2012 of his fitness routine while cameras rolled.

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Who, Me?

“A woman called me interesting once, and it kind of blew my mind,” the actor told Women’s Health in April 2102 of the best compliment he’s ever received. “She said, ‘You’re one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met,’ and I was like, Wow. I’m still high on that one.”

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Muscle Beach

The actor bonded with Brody Jenner during a beach party in July 2011.

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Breaking Free

Efron gave longtime pal — and High School Musical costar — Ashley Tisdale a lift during her birthday party in Malibu in July 2011.

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Monkey Man

The 17 Again star was spotted working out shirtless at the beach in 2011.

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Skater Dude

The former child star’s abs peeked through up his plaid button-down shirt while he skateboarded in Manhattan Beach, California, in 2011.

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Why So Shy?

Efron flexed his arm muscles while playfully pushing back his hair during a photo shoot in 2011.

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Sunny Side

Efron went incognito in a sunhat and shades while kayaking during a Hawaiian vacation in 2010.

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Can’t. Look. Away.

“There’s only a few things that can really clear your head. Some people run, some people go to the gym, some people write in their diary. For me, it’s surfing and being outside,” he told Rolling Stone in 2010.

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Ah, To Be That Necklace

The High School Musical star cooled off with a bottle of water during a break from filming a Funny or Die pool party sketch with then-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens, Brittany Snow, Brody Jenner, and Nicole Richie in 2009.

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Got Your Back, Bro

“I stay fit. I have to. The characters I want to play and the stuff I do, they’re those type of guys,” Efron said while filming Charlie St. Cloud in 2009.

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Hunk School Musical

The Lorax star showed off his chiseled abs while hanging with ex-girlfriend Hudgens in 2008.

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Beach Body

The Paperboy actor showed off his lean figure while getting in a surf session in the early ‘00s.

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