If you’re in the mood for a feel-good film that is equal parts entertaining as it is informative, look no further than this newest travel documentary series starring a familiar—but potentially surprising—face. Down to Earth with Zac Efron features the globe-trotting actor in a never-before-seen role as co-host of a docuseries that follows the growing intersection of environmentalism and travel.
Join Efron as he embarks on an inspiring journey around the world with wellness expert and entrepreneur Darin Olien as they aim to uncover “healthy, sustainable ways to live”. Internationally released July 10, season one is now available to stream on Netflix with each of the eight episodes set in a jaw-dropping location to help satisfy your quarantined travel bug. From Iceland and France to Sardinia and London, Efron and Olien delve deep into “food, water, and energy … the main staples for modern life” as they investigate how sustainability is not a buzzword but a way of life for these global communities.
Investigating renewable energy alternatives, wildlife conservation, pollution reduction, and personal nutrition among many other health and science-based hot topics, the charismatic duo is on a quest to find a collective solution for the climate crisis while also highlighting the ways each of us can individually improve the planet for future generations. As Efron matter-of-factly concludes the first episode, “The Earth will always be here, we just might not be able to live on it for too long.”
Instead of relying solely on academic research, the charismatic duo engages in heartfelt personal connections with local experts of each country to understand how their unique cultures and perspectives have sparked innovative ways for sustainable progress that we can then apply elsewhere to continue enriching our lives. As an adrenaline-junkie, Efron naturally sprinkles in a dash of adventure with activities that are guaranteed to get your heart pumping almost as fast as his, from sandboarding in Lima to ziplining in Costa Rica. Special celebrity guests such as Efron’s former co-star Anna Kendrick and Michelin-starred Spanish chef José Andrés also briefly come on board to humorously lend their expertise in some of the series’ most memorable segments.
More than just a fun way to pass a few hours on Netflix, Down to Earth with Zac Efron has a much bigger goal in mind: championing nature, sustainability, and cleaner living to promote long-lasting change in the world. “The purpose was always much bigger than a show,” wrote Olien on Instagram. “It was and is about real change and betterment of us as people and us on this beautiful planet.”