Simone Biles might be an unbelievable gymnast, but she is still a teenager and, like many teenagers, she has a celebrity crush. For Biles, it’s actor Zac Efron. She has made her love for the Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates star well-known, but their only interactions so far have come over Twitter.
Here’s a look at Biles’ love for Efron.
1. Biles Now Has a Leotard With Efron’s Face All Over It
Biles’ obsession with Efron inspired Ellen DeGeneres to get her a surprise gift when Biels was on DeGeneres’ show in March. The comedian got Biles a leotard with Efron’s face all over it for her to wear at the Olympics. Biles isn’t wearing it in Rio, unfortunately.
“I love it!” Biles told DeGeneres.
Biles also knows that Efron’s most recent girlfriend, Sami Miro, was a gymnast. “So maybe I have a chance,” she told DeGeneres.
2. Biles Pleaded With Efron to Go to Rio, but He Went to Japan Instead
During a Today Show interview before the Olympics, Hoda Kotb gave Biles the chance to ask Efron directly to come to the Rio games. “OK Zac Efron, I think we need you here, at the team finals because we’ll all get to be there and we need you to come watch,” Biles said.
Unfortunately, it looks like Efron would rather hang out in Japan. He just posted a photo of himself there on Instagram.
On August 10, Efron did tweet that he was watching the Final Five’s gold medal performance. He made sure to stand right in front of Biles’ picture, with his hands forming a heart.
Efron did eventually make it to Rio and posed for pictures with Biles.
3. She Thought She’d ‘Pass Out’ After Efron Tweeted to Her Before the Trials
After the Ellen DeGeneres segment aired, Efron finally acknowledged Biles before the Olympic Trials. “Thanks for the heads up @TheEllenShow! Good luck at the Olympic trials @Simone_Biles,” the actor wrote. Biles responded with a tweet in all capital letters. “OH MY GOSH I THINK I AM GOING TO PASS OUT OH MY GOSH CRYING! THANK YOU,” she wrote.
When Nancy Armour suggested that someone needs to see if Biles is still breathing, teammate Aly Raisman joked that she had to perform CPR.
4. She Got a Life-Size Cutout of Efron For Christmas 2014
In December 2014, she asked for a life-size cutout of Efron for Christmas… and she got it. “Merry Christmas to me,” she wrote.
She also posted pictures of herself posing with the cut-out and kissing it. Maybe one day, she’ll get to pose with the real Efron.
As Buzzfeed points out, Biles has been tweeting about Efron since November 2013, when she posted:
5. Biles Is Also a Fan of Justin Bieber & Taylor Swift
“I have a celebrity crush on Zac Efron because he has very good looks and I’ve heard he’s nice,” Biles told People Magazine. But in the same interview, she revealed that she also likes Justin Bieber and ordered his latest album before it came out. “When the first song came out, which was ‘Sorry,’ we kind of went ballistic and didn’t listen to anything else that day,” Biles.