Zac Efron is a fresh-faced, full-bodied, Hollywood heartthrob (I.D.S.T.).
When he burst onto the scene all those years ago as Troy in High School Musical, it was pretty plain to see how this guy’s career was going to go as far as he wanted it to.
He could sing, he could dance, he could act. Trailer or it didn’t happen? Okay:
Given his recent outings on the silver screen, as part of the Baywatch crew and alongside Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman, it would appear the sky is the limit for Efron, now he’s branched out from being the type-cast teenage heartthrob.
As it happens, Efron has also been spotted out and about with Baywatch co-star Alexandra Daddario, which has sent the rumour mill into overdrive.
Many media outlets, and fans alike, are saying the pair wouldn’t have gone sunglasses shopping together if they weren’t dating. Take that how you will.
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) March 31, 2018
Well, it seems relationships really do change you – whether it’s a burgeoning waistline or a newfound loathing of loud clubs in favour of takeaway and Netflix – and Efron is apparently no different.
It seems he decided to grow some facial fuzz. But this isn’t any ordinary facial fuzz.
This is facial hair his fans think make him look like he’s a drug dealer, no less.
Others have said he looks like a panini… As in, the Italian flatbread.
IMHO it’s a little reminiscent of a tiger. He did caption the selfie ‘beast mode’ after all.
The jury is out. You decide:
Luckily, as with the passing of time, hair grows and the panini drug dealer mash-up has now grown out to reveal a sumptuous full face of facial hair.
Zac shared a quick clip of his ‘new look’ – which could either be the result of a shrewd aesthetic choice or the desire to quit the daily monotony of shaving – to Twitter.
If you can tear your eyes away from Very Good Boy, here’s Zac’s beard:
Donning a cap emblazoned with the title of his latest all-singing, all-dancing foray on to the silver screen, The Greatest Showman, and a pair of shades, Zac welcomed the newest member of his tribe to his face… And the dog too.
The beard has received a warm welcome from the world wide web, with one writer saying it made him ‘sexually confused’.
One even said it was everything they needed in their life:
Zac Efron has a beard ooh boi ??
— abby (@just_abbs) April 6, 2018
Zac Efron is a blessing as he is but Zac Efron with a beard and in Gymshark shorts AND with a dog!!!!! I need some time to meditate https://t.co/UPqrKAQRoD
— lil mama (@EmmNeww) April 5, 2018
Just when you think zac efron couldn’t get any better looking, he grows a beard. Smug twat.
— Harry yes I'm shaw (@HarryShaw961) April 5, 2018
Troy Bolton who? I'm here for the new and improved, beard-donning Zac Efron. https://t.co/nAZtf7h2Gl
— • molly • (@_molly_731) April 5, 2018
Zac Efron with a beard and a pup is everything I need in my life x how is he even real ? pic.twitter.com/8NUd0LaaY1
— courts (@courtney_TW_xx) April 5, 2018
In case you missed it, Efron proved he has a heart of gold too after adopting a dog, named MACA, who was due to be put down.
Reposting Efron’s photo, Los Angeles based humane pet shop Bark ‘n’ Bitches Dog Boutique shared her story.
Posting to Instagram, the boutique wrote:
Tilly, now MACA, was being led to the kill room when we stepped in and said we would take her.
She was turned around and brought to us! This guy named Zac Efron came in (we hear he’s an actor but we think he actually waits tables) came in and fell in love.
He went through our application process and fostered MACA and just could not give her back. So MACA now lives with Zac! This is her happily ever after! Happy life MACA! Happy life.
Re-Gram @zacefron Tilly now MACA was being led to the kill room when we stepped in and said we would take her. She was turned around and brought to us! This guy named Zac Efron came in (we hear he is an actor, but we think he actually waits tables) came in and fell in love. He went through our application process and fostered MACA and just could not give her back. So MACA now lives with Zac! This is her happily ever after! Happy life MACA! Happy Life.
In fact, it’s shockingly hard to say which the public prefer; the dog or the beard.
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A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.