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This 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Character Was Only Supposed To Be One Episode

This 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Character Was Only Supposed To Be One Episode

Olivia Rodrigo and Dara Renee have opened up about their auditions for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series in a brand new interview.

The two stars, who play BFFs Nini and Kourtney on the Disney+ series, sat down with Collider along with Joshua Bassett and Larry Saperstein to chat about the audition process for the show.

Turns out that Dara‘s Kourtney was only supposed to be in one episode!

“I auditioned for every other role, except for my own,” Dara shared. “They were like, We don’t know what’s really popping for her.’ They made me read Kourtney, who was only supposed to be in one episode, but I put a little twist on it and they were like, ‘You know what? You might be a series regular.’”

Olivia added to her story, “She’s being humble. She was so amazing that they had to put her in every episode.”

Olivia also spoke about her audition with Joshua, who plays Ricky.

After first being “apprehensive” about the series, Olivia “went in and I read with Joshua, and we pulled together a little song. We sang ‘Count on Me,’ by Bruno Mars, really quickly.”

Joshua adds that they had “two minutes to figure it out. I stole a guitar from another girl auditioning for Nini, we figured out the harmonies, and then just went in the room and did it.”

“The audition was really magical,” Olivia says. “Then, I got the call about a week later. It was a great audition.”

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is streaming now on Disney+.

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Sofia Wylie, Joshua Bassett, Dara Renee & 'HSMTMTS' Cast Celebrate Disney+ Launch Day

Sofia Wylie, Joshua Bassett, Dara Renee & 'HSMTMTS' Cast Celebrate Disney+ Launch Day

The cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series gathers for a huge group pic during the Disney+ Official U.S. Launch Party held at The Grove on Tuesday afternoon (November 12) in Los Angeles.

Olivia Rodrigo, Julia Lester, Sofia Wylie, Joshua Bassett, Dara Renee, Frankie A. Rodriguez, Matt Cornett, and Larry Saperstein hung out with Yvette Nicole Brown and the cast of The Simpsons to celebrate Disney+ going live and the premiere of their new show on the streaming service.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Matt Cornett

If you missed it, the cast sat down to discuss what other musicals they could tackle in the next season of the show. Check it out here!

10+ pics inside of the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series cast…

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Joshua Bassett & Olivia Rodrigo Helped To Write The New Songs in 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series'

Joshua Bassett & Olivia Rodrigo Helped To Write The New Songs in 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series'

Joshua Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo aren’t just starring in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, but they also helped to write some of the new original songs on the Disney+ series.

In a new interview with Teen Vogue, the two actors opened up about adding songwriters to their resumes.

“Olivia and I got to write from our perspectives and our characters’ perspectives, which is pretty unique because typically it’s just some old man trying to guess what teenagers are feeling and trying to make it catchy,” Joshua shared.

Olivia added that “it’s absolutely insane to get to contribute to such a large franchise and something which is so important to all of us.”

“[The new songs] are definitely one of my favorite parts about the series.”

That’s so cool!

If you missed it, you can listen to “Born To Be Brave” and “I Think I Kinda, You Know” on JJJ, and a brand new song, “Wondering” below!

Matt Cornett, Olivia Rodrigo, Sofia Wylie & More Celebrate 'HSM: The Musical: The Series' With Pop-Up Performance in NYC

Matt Cornett, Olivia Rodrigo, Sofia Wylie & More Celebrate 'HSM: The Musical: The Series' With Pop-Up Performance in NYC

Matt Cornett and Larry Saperstein get in on some karaoke fun as the cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series takes over New York City.

The actors, plus co-stars Dara Renee, Joshua Bassett, Frankie A Rodriguez, Julia Lester, Sofia Wylie, Olivia Rodrigo, Mark St. Cyr and Kate Reinders – headed all over the Big Apple over the weekend to promote their new series, which premieres on Disney+ TOMORROW!

During their takeover of the city, the cast performed on Good Morning America before heading to Washington Square Park for a little pop up performance event.

You can check out all the pics below!

And just in case you missed it, be sure to listen to the original songs from the series “Born To Be Brave” and “I Think I Kinda, You Know”.

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'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Cast Sing Original Song 'Born To Be Brave' - Watch!

'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Cast Sing Original Song 'Born To Be Brave' - Watch!

The cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series are putting out original music!

The group – Dara Renee, Joshua Bassett, Frankie A Rodriguez, Julia Lester, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, and Olivia Rodrigo – sing an acoustic version of one of the original songs, “Born To Be Brave“, from their new Disney+ show.

The song was debuted at the end of the Freeform premiere of the first episode on Friday night (November 8).

If you missed it, be sure to check Olivia performing “Start of Something New” that was also featured in the first episode.

Be sure to tune in to High School Musical: The Musical: The Series when Disney+ launches THIS Tuesday (November 12)!


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