Actor Zac Efron celebrated his half-sister Olivia’s third birthday this week, which happens to fall on Christmas Day. He shared some cute photos of the birthday girl sitting on his lap and giving her uncle a hug. Olivia is wearing a crocheted flower crown and a patterned shirt, and she or he smiles up at her big bro adoringly.
Efron is looking ruggedly handsome as usual, and rocking a mustache and teal button up shirt. He smiles at Olivia in a single pic, and embraces her in the opposite, kissing her head.
“Joyful bday lil sis,” he captioned the rare family pics. Within the comments his brother Dylan Efron commented, “I feel we spoiled her.”
He also shared cute pics of Olivia almost a month ago in anticipation of her birthday, writing, “My sister turns 3 on xmas day — any gift ideas could be greatly appreciated! Just tryin to remain her favorite brother over here.”
While Zac Efron clearly enjoys his role as an uncle, he is just not able to be a dad. The 35-year-old has grown into more adult roles since he first rose to teen dream fame, and recently played the daddy of actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong within the film Firestarter.
“Hastily, I had this daughter in front of me,” he said while on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “We had a fairly heavy dad-daughter scene right off the bat, and I noticed I used to be drastically underprepared for this part. I didn’t know what I used to be doing.”
He added, “I feel that was a healthy dose to place me off of it for so long as mandatory. ”I actually have a little bit bit more growing to do, probably. I do not know. Not yet.”
But he did share a number of cute photos with Armstrong as well after the movie wrapped, celebrating their work together.
He really plays the part perfectly.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, might be released by Dial Press in February 2022.