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'High School Musical' Director Kenny Ortega Opens Up About Ryan Evans' Sexuality

'High School Musical' Director Kenny Ortega Opens Up About Ryan Evans' Sexuality

Ryan Evans, the flamboyant High School Musical character played by Lucas Grabeel, has always been assumed to be gay, but never really confirmed.

His sexuality has always been a topic of conversation throughout the years, and director Kenny Ortega recently dished on when Ryan would have come out.

“The character of Ryan in High School Musical, Sharpay’s twin brother, we decided he’d probably going to come out in college. It was less about coming out and just more about letting his true colors come forward,” Kenny told Variety.

“I have to be honest with you. I didn’t think at the time — and Disney is the most progressive group of people I’ve ever worked with,” he continued. “I was concerned because it was family and kids, that Disney might not be ready to cross that line and move into that territory yet. So, I just took it upon myself to make choices that I felt that those who were watching would grab. They would see it, they would feel it, they would know it and they would identify with it. And that is what happened.”

“I have to say thousands of kids that have said, ‘If it weren’t for High School Musical, I don’t know that I would have ever been comfortable in my skin. I don’t know when I would have been able to feel comfortable enough to come out, embrace who I am,’” Kenny added.

Disney had eventually, years later, crossed that line when Andi Mack character Cyrus came out to his friends.

Vanessa Hudgens Sings High School Musical's 'Breaking Free' as a Duet with Max Clayton!

Vanessa Hudgens Sings High School Musical's 'Breaking Free' as a Duet with Max Clayton!

Vanessa Hudgens loves a good throwback and we’re very thankful for that because she keeps gifting us with throwbacks to High School Musical!

It has been over a decade since Vanessa starred in the Disney Channel original movie, but her song “Breaking Free” is still iconic and she just sang a duet with Broadway actor Max Clayton while in quarantine.

The two actors met while starring in the Broadway musical Gigi together and Max explained in the video that he actually played Troy Bolton in his high school’s production High School Musical back in the day!

“Hey guys! So a few days ago I posted a video of me singing ‘Breaking Free,’ and my friend Max Clayton decided he wanted to participate. So we did a duet! Hope you like it!” Vanessa wrote on YouTube.

Vanessa and Max also performed the song “Gotta Go My Own Way” a couple weeks ago.

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Vanessa Hudgens Performs High School Musical's 'Gotta Go My Own Way' in Isolation - Watch! (Video)

Vanessa Hudgens Performs High School Musical's 'Gotta Go My Own Way' in Isolation - Watch! (Video)

Vanessa Hudgens is having a High School Musical moment!

The 31-year-old actress brought on the nostalgia by performing “Gotta Go My Own Way” with her Gigi co-star on Broadway, Max Clayton on Saturday (April 18).

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“Soooo @maxmclayton made his side so we could duet together. This ones for you Hsm fans. I’m on an Hsm kick. Loool,” she captioned the video – and she sounds fantastic!

The song is originally from 2007′s High School Musical 2, and is sung between Gabriella (Hudgens) and Troy (Zac Efron).

She recently collaborated with a High School Musical co-star for this memorable moment!

Watch Vanessa Hudgens and Max Clayton perform the classic…

Watch the 'High School Musical' Cast Reunion from the Disney Family Singalong!

Watch the 'High School Musical' Cast Reunion from the Disney Family Singalong!

Zac Efron joined the High School Musical cast on the Disney Family Singalong on Thursday night (April 16), though he sadly didn’t sing with them.

The cast reunited to perform the smash hit song “We’re All in This Together” from their own homes. Zac is supposedly quarantined in the “middle of nowhere” with poor WiFi, but he sent in a grainy video that served as an introduction to the performance.

Director Kenny Ortega brought together Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman, and Corbin Bleu, as well as the casts of Descendants, Zombies, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and more, for a great performance.

“Hi everyone, I hope that you’re safe and that you’re healthy and that you’re doing as well as possible during these unprecedented times. It’s my greatest pleasure to introduce a musical performance by some of my oldest friends, and some new ones. I hope that you enjoy, and remember, we’re all in this together,” Zac said. He unfortunately didn’t sing with the cast, but you can watch the performance below!

Vanessa Hudgens & Ashley Tisdale Join 'High School Musical' Cast for Virtual Reunion!

Vanessa Hudgens & Ashley Tisdale Join 'High School Musical' Cast for Virtual Reunion!

The cast of High School Musical just had a virtual reunion!

Stars Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale, director Kenny Ortega, and more all hopped on the video call from their separate homes while quarantined during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

“Guess who’s back…” Vanessa captioned the screenshot below on Instagram, while Monique added along with the same shot, “Together….together…..🎹😉.”

Noticeably missing was their co-star Zac Efron.

Check it out below!

ICYMI, the casts of Jessie, Victorious, and Every Witch Way also just had virtual reunions.

Click inside to see Monique’s post… More Here! »

'HSMTMTS' Cast Gets Nostalgic in 'The Medley, The Mashup' Buspool Karaoke Video - Watch!

'HSMTMTS' Cast Gets Nostalgic in 'The Medley, The Mashup' Buspool Karaoke Video - Watch!

The cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series puts a fun new spin on “The Medley, The Mashup!”

The co-stars got together to sing the track – featuring songs from the original High School Musical film – for a new “Buspool Karaoke” video.

It features Matt Cornett, Joshua Bassett, Kate Reinders, Dara Renee, Frankie A. Rodriguez, Larry Saperstein, Mark St. Cyr, Sofia Wylie, Julia Lester, and Olivia Rodrigo.

Watch the video now!

Check out the cast’s “Buspool Karaoke” version of “Born to Be Brave” as well if you haven’t yet.

ICYMI, find out which HSMTMTS star just signed a record deal.


The Medley, The Mashup (HSMTMTS | Buspool Karaoke | Disney+)

Ashley Tisdale Started a 'High School Musical' TikTok Trend, Coach Bolton Joins The Fun

Ashley Tisdale Started a 'High School Musical' TikTok Trend, Coach Bolton Joins The Fun

Well, we were waiting for it and it has happened…

Ashley Tisdale has started a new trend on TikTok, and while it’s not quite a viral trend (yet), it’s one we can definitely support!

The High School Musical star uploaded a TikTok video where she does part of the dance to “We’re All In This Together” and her co-stars are doing it too.

Vanessa Hudgens uploaded her own version, where she lip-synced along and poured a glass of wine. But now, Coach Bolton, aka Bart Johnson, and Kaycee Stroh, who played Martha, are both doing the dance alongside Ashley!

“Let’s GOOOO TikToc!! This ones for my WILDCATS! 🏀🐾 Day 2 of Quarantine LOCK DOWN but you know coach gotta hit the cardio/swool program and remind ALL HUMANS ON PLANET EARTH that “We are ALL in this together”!! May the lasting effect of this great challenge be that THE WHOLE WORLD came together, reminded us that we are ALL brothers and sisters on the big blue rock. 🌎🌍 COACH LOVES YOU ALL!! 🏀🐾 #Day2 #StayinHome #SharpayCardio thanks for the inspiration @ashleytisdale & @kennyortegablog come follow me on TicTok for more!” Bart wrote on Instagram.

Click inside to see Kaycee Stroh’s video… More Here! »