As if she didn’t have enough reason to celebrate, multiple Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles’ experience in Rio just got even better. If you’ve been following Simone during the Olympic Games, you know that she has the most adorable crush on handsome actor Zac Efron. Well, apparently Efron was listening because he just gave her the biggest surprise.
As the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are drawing to a close, many would think that all of the best memories have already happened. That may be true, unless you’re Simone Biles and your ultimate celebrity crush flies all the way to Rio to surprise you. That’s right, Zac Efron turned Biles’ already unforgettable Olympic experience into one that many teenage girls would dream of. As if showing up to meet her wasn’t enough, he also sealed the big moment with an adorable kiss on the cheek, which she happily returned.
The L.A. Times via the Today show has all of the juicy details of the cute encounter that quickly turned Biles from 4-time Olympic medalist to an average teenage girl coming face-to-face with her celebrity crush.
Their detailed account states:
The “Today” show hid the actor in a room backstage at the International Interview Center for hours. With Efron still hiding off camera, the team was brought into the room. “Do you remember,” host Hoda Kotb asked Biles, “when we did the interview last time, you said that if a certain person showed up, you would need a defibrillator?” “Stop,” the gymnast said in disbelief. “If you bring him out, I think I’m gonna pass out. Stop.”
Then Efron showed his face and the screaming started. “I don’t know,” said Efron, 28. “I’m the one with butterflies. I was nervous too.” But that didn’t matter to the “Neighbors” star. “When I found out you guys were fans,” he said, “I was like, ‘What am I doing sitting here on the couch? I have to come see you, like, come hang out and support you guys. …. You guys are like America’s heroes right now.”
Efron explained to the “Today” team afterward that he’d started hearing from “I guess just everybody” that Biles was crushing on him. “So I started watching all the gymnastics. I wouldn’t typically start watching gymnastics first in the Olympics, but I was immediately captivated by these girls and what they were doing. … They have such heart, you know. And there was clearly something special that was going on. I was really excited.”
You can check out the adorably cute VIDEO of the encounter below:
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