The Greatest Beer Run Ever star explained to Men’s Health that his face looks a bit different because, around four years ago, he shattered his jaw after smacking his chin against the granite corner of a fountain in his house. He ended up losing consciousness, and when he woke up, he says his chin bone was hanging off his face.
When asked about the plastic surgery rumors, Efron laughed it off, explaining that the masseter muscles (used for chewing) work together with the other muscles of the face “like a symphony” and that, when he was injured, the muscles on the inside of his face and jaw had to compensate.
“The masseters just grew,” he said. “They just got really, really big.” To this day, he works with a specialist and does physical therapy to mediate the injury.
That didn’t stop the rumors, though. In fact they got so heavy that his own mother called to ask if they were true. Still, he doesn’t let the gossip get to him.
“If I valued what other people thought of me to the extent that they may think I do,” he said, “I definitely wouldn’t be able to do this work.”
Looking ahead, the star says he’s focusing less on his body and more on his soul. Of course, for the single Efron, love isn’t off the table either.
“I’ve really been taking time to focus on, you know, self-fulfillment and trying to find my groove,” he shared. “I know that probably when I meet the right person, it’s going to be when I least expect it.”
Efron has spoken in the past about how his Baywatch diet had long-term impacts. During a 2020 interview on Hot Ones — a show in which celebrities are interviewed while eating spicy chicken wings — he said he “never wants” to be in that level of shape again.
The star famously underwent a severe, challenging diet and workout regime to achieve the shredded physique on show in that film, in which he appeared alongside Dwayne Johnson.
In 2016, he revealed in a tweet that he had starved himself of carbs and sugars for nine days, as well as eating “only organic grass fed/free range protein and organic leafy greens” to achieve his body goals.
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