Stephanie Petit and Michelle Tauber
May 26, 2017 09:00 AM

 

It’s no secret that Zac Efron got ridiculously buff for his role in Baywatch, and even his costars are appreciative of his efforts — for more than one reason.

Alexandra Daddario told PEOPLE that on top of being eye candy, the 29-year-old actor’s workouts show his dedication to his character.

“He had abs in places I didn’t know you could have abs,” she said. “It wasn’t just like, ‘Oh, he’s hot’ —although he is! — but like, ‘Look how hard you worked for this character.’ “

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Daddario explained that everything from his rock-hard muscles to his sun-kissed tan was part of building his Baywatch character, a disgraced Olympic swimmer who is brought on to the squad.

“That’s cool to watch an actor really get into their character like that,” the actress, 31, continued. “The abs, and having abs in paces that you didn’t know you could have abs, was part of that character.”

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As for Efron, he’s a fan of his costar’s piercing blue eyes.

“Eyes are the window to the soul, so they say,” he explained, adding that there’s much more to Daddario than her baby blues.

“She’s also really down-to-earth and grounded. She doesn’t care about fame or pop culture BS or anything like that,” he said. She’s just grounded and fun to hang out with. She’s just cool.”

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