The 30-year-old actress opened up to the glossy about High School Musical 4, her idols, and more. Check it:
On possibly returning for HSM4: “No. Looking back, it was such a perfect thing for its time and was so pure that I just don’t know how you go from there. High School Musical didn’t make us, we made High School Musical because of our friendship, how close we were, and the magic there at the time. Kenny Ortega just made it what it was. Disney is an amazing company so I’m sure they’ll find some way to do it.”
On separating from her character: “It’s been challenging. I think people in this business put you in a box and label you for what they think they know of you and what character you have played. Sharpay was such an awesome character, but at the end of the day it was a character; it wasn’t me. Anything that I’ve gotten since then, TV-wise and movie-wise, is me really fighting for it. I think that journey is what makes me so grateful for everything. If I was handed stuff all the time I don’t know if I would be the person I am today.”
On who she looks up to: “Monique Coleman actually always laughs because I loved Jessica Simpson, especially at that time [of filming HSM]. Monique just never understood it, but I think I just could see that she was a really smart businesswoman and I could see that what she’s done is amazing. Recently, Monique called me and said, ‘You know I used to make fun of you all the time. Now I see what you’re doing and now I understand it. And now I see what she has done.’”
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