Leah Berenson
Leah Berenson
July 6, 2024 ·  4 min read

What Happened To Zac Efron’s Face After Social Media Users Say They ‘Can’t Focus’ On His New Movie

Zav Efron was the epitome of a teenage heartthrob. He had almost every girl in America weak at the knees, if not internationally. However, now he’s grown up and looks significantly different. Here’s what happened to the actor in recent years.

Efron Has a New Movie

Zac Efron attends 2024 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York on January 11, 2024
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Zac Efron became recognized as a teen heartthrob after co-starring in Disney’s “High School Musical.” After capturing hearts, he performed in several other movies and made guest appearances on shows like The Guardian and Running Wild with Bear Grylls. Although it’s been a few years since he appeared onscreen, he co-starred alongside Nicole Kidman and Joey King in a recent release on Netflix, A Family Affair. The synopsis is as follows: “An unexpected romance triggers comic consequences for a young woman, her mother, and her boss, grappling with the complications of love, sex, and identity.” It was released on June 28th and fans have been buzzing.

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Fans Focus On Zac Efron’s Appearance

LOS ANGELES - July 13:  Models, Carmen Electra, Zac Efron Wax Figure at the Madame Tussauds Unveils A Wax Figure Of Zac Efron at the Madame Tussauds Hollywood on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA
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While the movie has been the topic of discussion, fans can’t get over Zac Efron’s appearance. A popular X account reposted a snippet of the movie questioning Zac Efron’s identity. “I can’t focus on the movie[.] How is this him?” It was captioned. Fans have noted that he looks different, questioning what happened.

What Happened to Zac Efron?

LOS ANGELES, CA. December 11, 2023: Zac Efron on Hollywood Boulevard where Zac Efron was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Subsequently, die-hard Zac Efron fans reminded others of his accident, about which he got candid with  Men’s Health in 2022. Zac Efron had reconstructive surgery following an accident at his home. The actor was running when he slipped on socks and injured his chin on a granite fountain. He then underwent reconstructive surgery to repair some of the damage. The actor “lost consciousness and woke up with his chin bone hanging off his face.”

Regarding the notable changes to his appearance, Zac Efron said: “The masseters just grew,” adding: “They just got really, really big.” He has since distanced himself from social media and didn’t know that fans were buzzing about his change in appearance. “My mom told me. I don’t really read the internet, so I don’t really care.” He said.

A Long-Standing Acting Career

LOS ANGELES, CA. December 11, 2023: Zac Efron on Hollywood Boulevard where Zac Efron was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Zac Efron may not physically be the same but he’s got a knack for appearing on the big screen. His successful career consists of more than 30 movies and TV shows, ranging from comedy to action and drama. Here are a few examples of some of his most popular films.


Zac Efron at the "Thunderbirds" Premiere held at the Universal Studios Cinemas in Universal City, California United States on July 24, 2004.
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His most popular film was unsurprisingly, “High School Musical.” After all, it was his breakout role and he became the crush of nearly every teenage and pre-teen girl in America. He co-starred alongside beauties like Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale, not to mention supported by a wonderful cast who worked well together, letting their chemistry and passion shine through.

Zac Efron “Wrestles” Stardom

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13, 2014: Zac Efron at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at the Nokia Theatre LA Live.
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Next, “The Iron Claw” was released in 2023 and follows the life of the Von Erichs, a wrestling family plagued by an unfortunate fate. Most notably, the actor got incredibly ripped to fulfill his role, capturing the essence of his character in mannerisms and build.

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His Musical Talents Continue

LOS ANGELES - MAR 28:  Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron at "The Beach Bum" Premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood on March 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA
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Third, “Hairspray” was released in 2007 and was a popular musical based on a Broadway Play. Once again he proved he wasn’t only a piece of eye candy, with acting skills but wowed fans with his musical talents, showcasing his voice.

Versatile Range of Skills

LOS ANGELES, CA. June 29, 2016: Actor Zac Efron at the premiere of "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" at the Cinerama Dome, Hollywood.
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Then there’s the comedy “Neighbors“. Zac Efron is a “well-built” college student who ultimately wreaks havoc on the neighborhood his frat house shares with, and annoys, Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne in “a frat-house flick with more on its mind than beer, bongs, and beer bongs.”

“Me &Orson Welles” was another popular flick that starred Zac Efron. In an interesting twist, Orson Welles is played by Christian McKay, while Zac Efron portrays the “Me”, or his younger self. Efron took audiences on a captivating journey, showing a glimpse into Welles’ early life and career.

LONDON, UK. April 24, 2019: Zac Efron & Lily Collins arriving for the "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile" premiere at the Curzon Mayfair, London.
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The Greatest Showman is another popular film, featuring several other notable names in Hollywood. The musical movie, tells of how Barnum & Bailey’s circus took off in the 1860s. Although there are several other movies he’s been in including “Liberal Arts”, “The Lucky One” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”, the lowest ranked on a list of 15 is “The Disaster Artist.” Although the movie is alluring, Zac Efron had a minor role, with little screen time. However, the film documented Greg Sestero’s and Tommy Wiseau’s “unique friendship” and their journey to Hollywood.

Early Beginnings

LOS ANGELES, CA. December 11, 2023: David Efron, Zac Efron, Starla Baskett and Dylan Efron on Hollywood Boulevard where Zac Efron was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Zac Efron was born in SLO, California on October 18, 1987. At 11 he took piano lessons and was noted by his teacher for his ” burgeoning talent.” Inspired, he auditioned for a recurring role at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. His passion had been ignited. His first on-screen appearance was in 2002, in a “short-lived” series called “Firefly.” He would go on to make guest appearances in other series until his break in 2006 when the “High School Musical” franchise was born. Although he’s undergone some changes physically, he’s still the same talented and beloved actor.

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  1. “Zac Efron.” Biography
  2. The Disaster Artist.” IMDb
  3. The 15 best Zac Efron movies and TV shows, ranked.EW. Will Harris. June 28, 2024.
  4. What happened to Zac Efron’s face after social media users say they ‘can’t focus’ on his new movie.VT. Nasima Khatun. July 1, 2024.