Zac Efron is going to move to Australia for his new girlfriend

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Zac Efron is on the move, only this time, it sounds a bit more permanent. According to nosy nellies, Zac has been house hunting in Australia’s popular locale-to-the-stars, Byron Bay, after spending the summer there. Besides the beautiful beaches and general Oz vibe, Zac is rumored to have met a young lady by the name of Vanessa Vallarades who lives and works in the area.

Zac Efron is starting a new life!

The actor, 32, has left Hollywood to settle in Australia’s Byron Bay, a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

Efron is currently “renting a house minutes from the beach,” says the source, adding “he has been house-hunting.”

“It really seems he plans on staying in Australia permanently,” says the source.

Along with a new home, Efron also has a new romance in Vanessa Valladares, whom he met in June when she was working at the Byron Bay General Store.

[From People]

I admit that I’ve always been overly invested in Zac. After Oya convinced me to watch his Down to Earth with Zac Efron series, which I loved, it did seem like Zac was looking for something else. The series claimed it was a more sustainable and meaningful way to live his life, but it seemed more like Zac needed an anchor. I think he recognizes Hollywood is not the healthy place for him since his successful rehab stint a few years back. Down to Earth made it seem like Zac was looking for a place to belong, not just live. That’s why this move makes sense to me.

I know nothing about his girlfriend, by the way. Her Instagram reads ‘influencer’ but she also seems to have a sense of humor, so I like her already. They’ve only been together for a few months, so I won’t overly invest in her just yet.

Fortunately, Zac is not giving up on Hollywood altogether, It was announced at the start of August that Zac will star in a remake of Three Men and a Baby for Disney. So far, Zac is the only name attached to the project. I immediately thought he’d play Jack (Ted Danson) but now I think he may take Peter (Tom Selleck). I never felt Three Men need to be remade (remade again, that is, since the American film was a remake of a French film) but when they announced Zac was attached, it caught my attention. Plus, Zac has that weird Killing Zac Efron series he filmed that almost – wait for it – killed him. In the meantime, I guess he will try to avoid death in Byron Bay, home of the Hemsworth. I wonder – if Zac and the Hemsworth Bros had lunch together, do you think their gorgeous, piecing blue eyes would sync up to throw a light shaft that points to the Sacred Weight Room on the Ancient Map of Muscle-heads?

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28 Responses to “Zac Efron is going to move to Australia for his new girlfriend”

  1. Lozface says:

    He’s more than welcome here in Australia and if he ever wants to hit up Melbourne, he can have my spare room. Hell my husband would probably let him in our room, given we both love him.

    I think settling in Byron will be great for him and I hope they’re both very happy together.

    Ps I actually told my husband he looked like Zac the night we met. Hence, why we’ve always loved him!

    • AnnaKist says:

      Awww. Well, I’m in Sydney, with lots of spare room, and as the borders are closed… Get in line, Lozface. 🐨

      • lozface says:

        Hahaha!!! I have a feeling it’s going to be a long line… I think he will fit in very well here in Australia. I have now added Byron to the top of my list of places to visit as soon as the borders’ reopen ;)

    • SKF says:

      I mean, awesome for him and us, I always love when people fall in love with Australia!

      I’m just curious as to when he got here. The borders have been shut to non-residents for most of the year. Nicole Kidman’s cast got special exemptions because of the huge investment their project is bringing in; but if Zac didn’t get in before the borders shut and isn’t working, he really shouldn’t have been given an exemption over people who are desperately trying to reunite with family members, etc.

      Anyhoo, I hope he settles in to life in Byron, it’s changed a lot since I was a kid but it’s still a nice place to be.

      Although, just a note, we’re in Spring now, so he was here over winter not summer – unless that was referring to US summer? We will likely have another shocking bushfire season this summer, so we’ll be doing tag with California with that unfortunately…

      I guess he’ll invest money here? Long-term visas, residency and citizenship are difficult to come by but the easiest way to get them is with a significant investment.

      • Lozface says:

        I think he’s been here for months (at least 6) so he may have got in before the borders shut. A bit like Kate Walsh being in Perth. She was visiting friends when COVID hit and decided to stay. Looks like she’s fallen in love with Perth too and wants to bring projects to Australia.

        I feel very proud when people fall in love with Aus too. It’s like people thinking you have a nice home 😉

        I hope both Zac and Kate bring in some exciting projects and produce work with local talent.

  2. Lolo86lf says:

    I just love Zac’s Down to Earth Netflix show. He looks like a sexy young bear in the show. Vanessa is lucky to have smitten him to the point of him moving to Australia for the time being. Right now California is an inferno anyway so just as well he can spend some time with her. Is she Latin or Spanish? her surname is.

    • Caroline says:

      Down to Earth was great! I took a lot of it with a grain of salt and did some research on a lot of the information claimed, but really came away from the series with a renewed approach to lifestyle and sustainability. His handsomeness certainly helped my teenage daughter become more interested too.

  3. Teresa says:

    If you had any ability to leave America at this point would we not all take it? Australia has their political problems but (and I could be wrong here) they don’t seem as in your face as the states. Good to him, I did a Visa stay in Australia and it was wonderful.

  4. emmy says:

    I recently watched his Hot Ones interview and came away liking him enormously. He seems like such a good dude. But I always feel like “moving” somewhere is not the same for celebrities. It’s easily reversible and not really that much of a risk.

    • Sid says:

      There is a video of him and Lily Collins where they took a friendship test for Glamour magazine. His comments about Lily were so sweet that I came away really liking him.

  5. Joanna says:

    That’s really sweet!

  6. Janis says:

    one can’t just move to Australia! – if Zac has found a way to make that happen for him, I’d love to know how – my husband and I immigrated here 7 years ago and became citizens last year – our son has been educated here, has a full time job, an Australian partner of 3 years, and still the Australian government is VERY stingy about granting visas – we’re sitting on pins and needles hoping he doesn’t get denied and asked to leave the country -

  7. EMc says:

    My husband and I started watching Down to Earth and he said numerous times he needed out of Hollywood. But he also seemed.. on something in the first few episodes..?

  8. McMom says:

    I’ve always had a soft spot for him. My 14 year old knew him from “Hollywood Musical” and I introduced her to “17 Again.” He’s got cross generational appeal!

  9. Mrs. Peel says:

    Good on ya mate!

  10. Lemons says:

    There’s something sort of depressing about someone probably working an hourly job at a General Store also being an influencer with a seemingly endless wardrobe. Has me wondering what I’m doing with my life!

    • julia says:

      Most “influencers” start with companies approaching them to promote their product, except the person has to buy the items, but at a discount. She’s probably getting paid by the general store to buy products to shill to build her “influencer” brand. The free stuff doesn’t come until much later, if at all. Which is REALLY sad.

      • Kath says:

        I work in marketing and with 20K followers and good engagement and content you already start getting stuff for free. Companies are actually leaning more and more towards micro influencers because they actually generate better results a lot of the times

    • Meg says:

      Thats what i thought too no one working at a general store who isnt in management or higher has the $ & time to hire people to take the pictures and build the profile she has on Instagram or maintain her looks. Unless she has family !oney and works at a general store just for the experience? I think that article misrepresents her actual job

      • Ange says:

        Im guessing a other source of income from somewhere. Byron Bay is actually a really expensive place to live, the Woolworth grocery shop there is the most expensive in Australia.

        Also these days it’s super crowded, always busy and full of influencer types. It’s basically a mini LA in the making.

  11. Bibi says:

    I love Zac’s torso. Anytime the camera films him taking the shirt off, I want to press pause but dont want to offend the husband. lol love my husband

  12. Molly says:

    Good for him. If I had the money, time, and lack of commitments, I’d move to the beach in Australia and away from this hell hole too.

  13. BeeCee says:

    LOVED Down to Earth. He really did seem to be over the Hollywood lifestyle and was looking for a place to belong.
    I think moving out of the country will be perfect for him, and I hope he continues with this series! It was fantastic and it actually helped me look at what I eat, and how I obtain my food. It’s helped me look at more sustainable options and shop at farmers markets more than grocery stores.

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