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'High School Musical 2' Turns 10: Five Facts You Definitely Didn't Know About The Movie

'High School Musical 2' Turns 10: Five Facts You Definitely Didn't Know About The Movie

JJJ‘s been celebrating High School Musical 2‘s 10 Year Anniversary all day long and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

The second movie in the best franchise ever — starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel and Monique Coleman — broke so many records when it debuted.

High School Musical 2 is actually, TO THIS DAY, still the highest rated Disney Channel Original Movie premiere ever — they had a massive 17.2 million premiere viewers when it first came out.

That’s still such an insane number.

To celebrate even more, JJJ rounded up 5 FACTS you definitely didn’t know about the flick before now. Check them out below!

  • On set, the director had a yawn jar! Nobody was allowed to yawn and if they did, they had to put some money in the jar.
  • In the movie, Gabriella Montez’s ringtone is “You Are the Music in Me” and Sharpay Evans’s ringtone is “Fabulous”.
  • Apparently, Zac was quite the prankster. He was always tossing water balloons at the cast and crew. (Don’t worry — they got him back by toilet papering his dressing room.)
  • The pink piano used in Sharpay’s performance of “Fabulous” was repainted white and used in the performance of “Everyday” at the end of the movie.
  • The assignments thrown at the beginning of “What Time is It” were actual assignments completed by actual students at East High in Salt Lake City. Each individual assignment had to be checked for inappropriate or embarrassing information before they filmed the scene. We’re sure you could read those too. LOL!

Also, let’s give a little love to “Work This Out”!

High School Musical's Real-Life East High Was Destroyed in a Flash Flood

High School Musical's Real-Life East High Was Destroyed in a Flash Flood

The real-life Wildcats are in dire straits this week, as the high school where the iconic Disney Channel Original movie High School Musical was filmed has been flooded.

On Wednesday, July 26, a flash flood in Salt Lake City damaged homes and schools, including the beloved East High School, Seventeen reports.

High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh broke the news on Instagram to her followers.

“Sad day at East High today,” she wrote, “A rain storm has triggered a flash flood. Basement is completely flooded, here is the cafeteria and they are trying to save the famous basketball court as we speak! Fingers crossed for our iconic #easthighschool.”

We hope they do everything they can to preserve both the basketball court where Troy (Zac Efron) grappled with picking between singing and basketball and the cafeteria where Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) silenced the entire room in song.

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Kenny Ortega Would 100% Return To Direct 'High School Musical 4'

Kenny Ortega Would 100% Return To Direct 'High School Musical 4'

We’ve talked about this before — High School Musical wouldn’t be anything if not for Kenny Ortega, and our #1 wish is for him to direct the much-talked about fourth movie in the franchise.

And guess what? He’s up for it!

“I would like to. I would like to be a part of it in any way that I can,” Kenny shared with People’s Choice. “I had the time of my life it started a whole new career for me.”

“If High School Musical 4 worked out with my schedule and Gary [Marsh] and the team request my involvement, I would be very, very open to it.”

BREAK OUT THAT HAPPY DANCE NOW!

Kenny also talked about just how much HSM meant to him, and kicked off this brand new career, which ultimately led him to Descendants.

“I’ve said this so many times, but I’m walking in my dreams,” he says. “I’m doing exactly what I’ve wanted to do, all my life. The last decade plus has been extraordinary and that I get to play with music and dance-driven storytelling, the Disney Channel has offered me a voice and an opportunity that is rare today.”

MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

The 'HSM' & 'Descendants' Casts Are More Similar Than You Think They Are

The 'HSM' & 'Descendants' Casts Are More Similar Than You Think They Are

You wouldn’t think there would really be any similarities between Descendants and High School Musical — besides Kenny Ortega, of course — but there are.

In a new interview with People’s Choice, the famed director opened up about how the similarities aren’t in the story, but in the casts.

“I think both projects, the actors that we’ve selected to play these roles, have a deep connection with each other, they are family,” Kenny says. “There is a chemistry that they share and I think that comes across.”

He continues, “It’s something that lives underneath the dialog, underneath the music, underneath the dancing. You feel something when you look at these people together on a screen and I think that our fans connect with that. I think there’s where the similarities are.”

It’s magic!

“I also think the similarities also exist in the casting choices that we made…all of the actors that we cast in High School Musical share something in common with the cast of Descendants and Descendants 2,” Kenny adds. “That is their sincerity, their enthusiasm, and their desire to be there and to make it special.”

Giving us all the feels!

Descendants 2 premieres TONIGHT @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime.

Kenny Ortega Reflects On Impact of 'High School Musical' & 'Descendants'

Kenny Ortega Reflects On Impact of 'High School Musical' & 'Descendants'

Kenny Ortega will always be one of our favorites — not only is he behind Descendants, but he was also the director of all three High School Musical movies.

Looking back on the famed franchise, Kenny opened up about the impact of it on fans everywhere.

“I have great nieces & nephews & godchildren that are Descendants fans. This past Halloween, I had my nieces show up at my door dressed as Mal & Evie on Halloween,” Kenny remembers. “It’s wonderful.”

“[But even] better than that is all the fans around the world who have personally told me about how much Descendants and the High School Musical movies actually meant to them.”

Since it’s debt in 2006, the HSM movies have kicked off major careers for its’ six main stars.

“Thousands of young people have said ‘These movies were a big part of my childhood and they empowered me. And they gave me permission to go for the things that I wanted to go for. So thank you. Because I’m doing what I want to do in my life now. And you gave me permission to believe that that was possible,’” Kenny shares.

He continues, “That’s why we all work so hard on these TV movies. They really do have the ability to do more than entertain. They can get across so many great ideas. Like the empowerment of youth. And believing in one’s dreams. And accepting who you are and where you come from. Not being afraid to have a vision for yourself.”

Descendants 2 premieres Friday, July 21st.

Zendaya Dishes Her Stunts in 'The Greatest Showman' & Working With Zac Efron

Zendaya Dishes Her Stunts in 'The Greatest Showman' & Working With Zac Efron

Zendaya is like us all, you guys — she’s a High School Musical fan!

“I mean everybody was, come on now,” the 20-year-old actress told EOnline when asked about the movie that made co-star Zac Efron a household name.

If you missed it, the trailer for Zendaya and Zac‘s new movie, The Greatest Showman, was released and they should be your go-to movie couple from now on.

“It was amazing,” Zendaya added about the flick. “I spent months trapeze training, which is not something I said or thought I could do. So there you go! You can see that I did it.”

She adds, “I did as much as I could and it was so much fun. I learned different things that I could actually do and take it there.”

This Mini 'High School Musical' Reunion Will Give You All of the Feels

This Mini 'High School Musical' Reunion Will Give You All of the Feels

It has been more than a decade since High School Musical first blessed our screens, but it will never be forgotten — and former cast member KayCee Stroh knows that as well as anyone.

KayCee (Martha) played the academic who loved hip-hop in the series, and she met up with Lucas Grabeel (Ryan) and Coach Bolton – we mean, Bart Johnson – on set of their new movie, Little Women.

“I needed a little bit of #coaching and some #Awesomeness today so,” she captioned a totally sweet photo with Bart, “Ugh, I just love this talented, sweet, energetic big guy…so much!”

Aww! She also stumbled into Lucas on-set, and penned an equally heartwarming caption to their reunion pic.

“Guess who else just happened to be working on the @littlewomenmovie set yesterday!? Double bonus! So happy I scored a quick little catch up with this sweet and talented friend of mine. Can’t wait to see how stunning his work will be in this project, as always.”

Skyler Johnson, who played young Troy in High School Musical 3, is going to college soon, and we have no idea where the time has gone.

Thank you KayCee for the throwback — our heads are still in the game.

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Troy Bolton's Dad Has Been Spotted by Some 'High School Musical' Fans - Watch!

Troy Bolton's Dad Has Been Spotted by Some 'High School Musical' Fans - Watch!

Troy Bolton’s dad has been spotted!

Bart Johnson – the actor who played Zac Efron‘s dad in the iconic High School Musical franchise – was spotted out for a run by a couple of fans recently.

A fan can be heard in the Instagram video yelling “Wait, please! It’s Troy Bolton’s dad!” before Bart runs over to them.

Bart then delivers the famous High School Musical line “What’s up Wildcats? Keep your head in the game!” before continuing on with his run.

Bart currently stars in Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbons and is married to Blake Lively‘s older sister Robyn who he shares three kids with.

Watch the fan interaction below!