Alexandra Daddario on Working with Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson on 'Baywatch' Reboot: There Will Be 'Pandering' Shots of Everyone

Alexandra Daddario says she's really hoping for a supportive swimsuit in the upcoming Baywatch movie

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Alexandra Daddario is officially reporting for lifeguard/beach beauty duty.

As the recently announced female star opposite Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in the much buzzed-about Baywatch movie, rising star Daddario, 29, is practicing her slo-mo run and feeling what any of us would be feeling if we were sharing screen time with Johnson and Efron: all of the excitement.

“For me, Dwayne is as close to a god as you get on earth,” Daddario tells PEOPLE of Johnson, with whom she worked on last summer’s disaster pic San Andreas. “There is something so superhuman about him, even forgetting the fact that he’s so incredibly good-looking and strong. He’s just so kind and humble and generous and genuine. Working with him really inspires a great deal of confidence. Everybody tries to live up to his work ethic, so it makes a great work environment.”

“Zac, I only met him once and thought he was the nicest guy,” she says of Efron. “He was so nice and obviously incredibly handsome and seems down to earth. I look forward to getting to know him better.”

While she can’t reveal any major plot details, the New York native teases a “very funny and smart” big screen adaptation of the ’90s TV series. Also, much like the sex appeal that was at the forefront of the show, there will be plenty of equal opportunity semi-nudity.

“Considering that Dwayne and Zac Efron are going to be in the movie, there’s going to be as much pandering camera shots of their abs as there will be of the women,” says Daddario, adding that she’s hoping her wardrobe includes a bit more support than the eye-popping swimsuits worn by original cast members like Pamela Anderson.

“From what I can tell, [the swimsuits] are going to be an homage to what existed [on the original show], but I have no idea what they’re going to do with it. I’m sure there will be some support in there,” she says.

Swimsuit support or no, Daddario is starting to prepare for the more revealing aspect of the wardrobe with proper nutrition and exercise.

“I’m starting to cut out wine and cheese to the best of my ability in order to prepare for it,” she says. “I’m pretty consistently fit because I think it’s an important part of my work, but I will ramp it up just because I have been enjoying myself a little bit too much.”

Daddario’s exercise of choice? Yoga.

“I love yoga. For some reason I find jogging incredibly boring but yoga is the only thing I’ve been able to consistently do over the years,” she says. “I think it’s because it also is sort of a mental exercise and calms you and refocuses you. So I find that that’s great and sometimes someone will drag me to a spin class or on a hike. Now that I have a dog, I frequently have to take him out and get some exercise, which also gets me exercise.”

Baywatch is set to shoot sometime next year, likely in the South according to Daddario. In the meantime, you can catch the actress stirring things up with Lady Gaga and Finn Witrock on the next two new episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel.

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