In case you didn’t know, Zac Efron is working on a new show where he goes off the grid and into the wild with nothing but basic gear, a guide and a “will to survive.” It basically sounds like he’s striving to be a younger, more muscle-y Bear Grylls—except he’s not so much a survival expert but an actor trying to prove he’s up for any adventure thrown his way.
The show is aptly called Killing Zac Efron and the Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile star tested just how deadly things could get. According to Australia’s Sunday Telegraph, Efron reportedly contracted “a form of typhoid or similar bacterial infection” while filming his new Quibi series in Papua New Guinea. He was moved to an airport in Brisbane, Australia, before being flown to another hospital in Spring Hill, Australia. While Efron’s identity couldn’t be discussed or confirmed, Dr. Glenn McKay from the Medical Rescue Group told the paper the team “retrieved a U.S. citizen in his 30s from PNG to Brisbane recently for medical attention in Australia” and was “admitted to St Andrews War Memorial Hospital in stable condition.”
Zac was treated for several days before getting the green-light from doctors to fly to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. By December 28, he was out and about and the Daily Mail had photos of Efron even attending a store opening and looking pretty healthy, all things considered. The following day Efron posted a pic on social media, where he revealed that he did indeed get sick while in Papua New Guinea but he “bounced back quick,” then thanked everyone “for all the love and concern.”
But perhaps “Danger” has been Zac’s middle name for longer than suspected. Efron started a vlogging channel on YouTube earlier this year called Off the Grid, which feature Zac and his brother, Dylan, on travel adventures.
“I tend to thrive under extreme circumstances and seek out opportunities that challenge me on every level,” Efron said in a press release for his upcoming show. “I am excited to explore any uncharted territory and discover what unexpected adventure awaits!”
Of course a battle with a deadly infection likely wasn’t the adventure Efron was expecting but the good news is, he recovered quickly.