Zac Efron reveals he has agoraphobia: 'I just don't go out'

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By Asiya Ali

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Zac Efron has revealed in his latest interview that he struggles with agoraphobia.

In a recent interview with Men's Health, the Baywatch actor disclosed that he struggles with agoraphobia, which according to the Mayo Clinic, is a type of "anxiety disorder" in which "you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic".

Speaking of the disorder, the High School Musical actor told the publication: "I just don't go out," adding, "people in large groups, it triggers my agoraphobia."

People with agoraphobia tend to avoid certain places they consider unsafe, such as public transport and crowded locations. Efron reportedly said that he can only handle Los Angeles in "small doses" and chooses to live a more nomadic lifestyle.

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Zac Efron met by a large crowd of fans. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy

In addition to his agoraphobia, the Greatest Snowman actor also discussed the body he achieved for his 2017 movie Baywatch, explaining that is not "really attainable" with the strict training and routine he put himself through.

"There's just too little water in the skin," Efron said. "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."

The Neighbors star also disclosed that staying in shape for filming meant he didn't get enough sleep, was overtrained, and only ate the same three meals a day.

He highlighted that the rigorous routine to reach the ideal body for the movie left him with negative effects, saying: "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," he added.

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Zac Efron, in Baywatch. Credit: Storms Media Group / Alamy

Elsewhere in the interview, Efron addressed the plastic surgery rumors that surfaced on the internet last year, revealing that his masseter muscles "just got really big," after he took some time off from the physical therapy for his jaw.

The actor didn't realize fans were speculating that he had facial surgery until his mother told him, but he explained to Men's Health magazine that he's not concerned about rumors.

"If I valued what other people thought of me to the extent that they may think I do, I definitely wouldn't be able to do this work," he said.

Featured image credit: JEP Celebrity Photos / Alamy

Zac Efron reveals he has agoraphobia: 'I just don't go out'

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Zac Efron has revealed in his latest interview that he struggles with agoraphobia.

In a recent interview with Men's Health, the Baywatch actor disclosed that he struggles with agoraphobia, which according to the Mayo Clinic, is a type of "anxiety disorder" in which "you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic".

Speaking of the disorder, the High School Musical actor told the publication: "I just don't go out," adding, "people in large groups, it triggers my agoraphobia."

People with agoraphobia tend to avoid certain places they consider unsafe, such as public transport and crowded locations. Efron reportedly said that he can only handle Los Angeles in "small doses" and chooses to live a more nomadic lifestyle.

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Zac Efron met by a large crowd of fans. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy

In addition to his agoraphobia, the Greatest Snowman actor also discussed the body he achieved for his 2017 movie Baywatch, explaining that is not "really attainable" with the strict training and routine he put himself through.

"There's just too little water in the skin," Efron said. "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."

The Neighbors star also disclosed that staying in shape for filming meant he didn't get enough sleep, was overtrained, and only ate the same three meals a day.

He highlighted that the rigorous routine to reach the ideal body for the movie left him with negative effects, saying: "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," he added.

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Zac Efron, in Baywatch. Credit: Storms Media Group / Alamy

Elsewhere in the interview, Efron addressed the plastic surgery rumors that surfaced on the internet last year, revealing that his masseter muscles "just got really big," after he took some time off from the physical therapy for his jaw.

The actor didn't realize fans were speculating that he had facial surgery until his mother told him, but he explained to Men's Health magazine that he's not concerned about rumors.

"If I valued what other people thought of me to the extent that they may think I do, I definitely wouldn't be able to do this work," he said.

Featured image credit: JEP Celebrity Photos / Alamy