Zac Efron Gains 18 Pounds For ‘The Lucky One’ Movie Role

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jan. 11, 2011

Former Disney star icon Zac Efron — who, up to last month, was linked to “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens — has apparently gained about 18 pounds. Efron isn’t packing the pounds because he is stressed over breaking up with Hudgens, but apparently it’s because his new role in the movie “The Lucky One” requires him to gain some weight.

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The premise of the movie follows a veteran who just returned from Iraq. Efron said that in order to fit the role, he ate much more than he was used to. He, however, admitted that he misses his former body and with some determination, he can get the shape back, he said during a Golden Globe kick-off party sponsored by E! When he was asked whether he will be at the awards, he said that he initially wanted to stay away but his publicist encouraged him to attend the annual NBC awards show.

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He said that, “Someone asked me if I was going and I said no. Then my publicist jumped in and said I actually am presenting, so I am!”

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