'I used to kiss him on the cheek,' gold medalist says
Gymnast Simone Biles may have her own celebrity fan club, but a peek into her bedroom proves she’s also a typical teenager – with a very specific movie star crush.
In an NBC News profile on the 19-year-old gymnastics prodigy, Biles takes cameras inside her trophy-filled bedroom to reveal a life-size cutout of Zac Efron that towers over her 4′ 9″ frame.
“Sometimes I used to kiss him on the cheek,” the teen reveals, adding that it was a “little strange.”
Now, Efron is one of the many Hollywood personalities who has tweeted his praise for the gymnast and her amazing skills at the Rio Olympics.
“So phenomenal a skill’s named after her. Congrats on sticking the Biles and qualifying for the finals @Simone_Biles!” Efron tweeted Monday.
Biles previously told PEOPLE about her admiration for the actor, saying: “I have a celebrity crush on Zac Efron because he has very good looks and I’ve heard he’s nice.”
The video also give viewers a glimpse of Biles’ life as a teenager.
Biles and her younger sister Adria, a gymnast herself, share typical sibling squabbles and laughs. Her bedroom is filled with her favorite color, purple, and is all smiles as she sits around the dinner table with her family.
While Biles is in many ways a normal teenager, the world has learned that she is also extraordinary: Biles was ranked number one in the four all-around qualifying events for the Olympics.