That iconic red one-piece swimsuit may be the star of Baywatch, but you won’t be able to miss 27-year-old actress Kelly Rohrbach.
So what was it like to slip into that look? “When I first put the swimsuit on it was in a fitting and it was just a couple of pins and scraps of material. So it wasn’t until the first day of shooting in my trailer that I had that ‘aha! Oh my gosh, this is happening!’ moment. And by then, I was so nervous that it was my first day on set that I can’t even remember that moment of putting on the suit,” she tells InStyle in the video above.
Barely there outfits aside, Rohrbach proved to be a badass off camera, too, meeting with the writers and directors to tweak her character’s original lines. “Originally my character was written a little bit more standoffish to Jon Bass’s character Ronnie Greenbaum. When I met John, I instantly fell in love. He’s such a sweet person and such a great actor and so funny. So I thought how could anybody be cold to this guy? I sat down with the director and the writers and was like, let’s make it more interesting for the audience.” Mission accomplished.
Additionally, Rohrbach opens up about getting into tip-top beach-ready shape, and yes, all things Zac Efron. “Zac’s physical transformation was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. He was so ripped. He had muscles that I didn’t know we have,” she says. He worked really hard and was super disciplined. We’d all be like sneaking peanut M&M’s off craft services and he was like, ‘Guys, no! I can’t.’ So kudos to him ‘cause he made it happen.”
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Watch our full interview with the star above.
When I first put the swimsuit on it was at a fitting, and it was just a couple of pins and scraps of material. So it wasn't until the first day of shooting in my trailer that I had that a-ha, my gosh, this is happening moment. And by then I was so nervous that it was my first day on set, that I Can't even remember that moment of putting on the suit [LAUGH]. [MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] Damn, Ryan. [SOUND] Never really heard a guy sing that song, but you're really good. Thank you. By the way, when we shower in here, we Keep our suits on. [SOUND] Bye. Originally my character was written a little bit more stand offish to John Bass' character Rodney Greenbaum. When I met John I instantly fell in love. He's such a sweet person. And such a great actor and So funny, so I thought, how could anybody be cold to this guy? I sat down with the director and the writers and was like, let's make it more interesting for the audience. I think it's more interesting if they end up together, and that's what But we did. [MUSIC] I've had a lot of crushes that made me freeze. When I was in middle school, I used to play on the boy's high school team for golf. And I had a crush on every single guy on the team. [LAUGH] I know the sensation, Ronnie. I get it. [BLANK_AUDIO] We were kinda a rowdy crew. We were down in Savannah shooting for a couple months. And we took that city by storm. We loved karaoke. That was a big activity for us [LAUGH] There was a great dive bar that we used to go to. My go-to karaoke is Brittney Spears. [MUSIC] We did a lot of karaoke in Savannah. It's so great to have a cast that you're like a family with, especially when you're supposed to be playing You know, that onscreen, having that onscreen energy really helps to fuel that. [MUSIC] Zac's physical transformation was unlike anything I'd ever seen. He was so ripped. He had muscles I didn't know We have, he worked really hard and was super disciplined and we'd all be like seek eminems off services and he was like guys no I can't so, kudos to him cuz he made happen. Cartering on set was super healthy and I mean, you couldn't find a carb on that set. I found it, but you couldn't find it. Obviously we had the help of professionals making us look that good, so it makes it a lot easier. But in general, I think if you just stay active, sweat every day, that's my rule of thumb. And try to eat as much greens as possible. And then have fries on the side, whatever. [LAUGH]