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Lucas Grabeel Opens Up About Not Labeling Ryan Evans' Sexual Orientation in Original 'HSM' Movies

Lucas Grabeel Opens Up About Not Labeling Ryan Evans' Sexual Orientation in Original 'HSM' Movies

Lucas Grabeel has made his return to the world of High School Musical on Disney+’s HSM: The Musical: The Series, and in a new interview with TVLine, opening up about the impact of Ryan Evans on the world.

“People have always asked me if Ryan was gay,” the now 35-year-old actor shared. “I’ve seen a lot of performances from the tours or high schools or community theaters, and they always take Ryan to that place of being way over the top. That’s fine, but that’s not exactly the way I played it.”

Lucas continues, “I had a lot of talks with [director Kenny Ortega] about his own experience in high school. He was not out, and he wasn’t running around being that way, but he had that energy inside of him. It’s such an important time in your life, and you’re figuring so many things out. Now, thankfully, people are much more accepting and welcoming of other people’s differences.”

Ryan, Lucas says, was still figuring things out in the original movies, like more teenagers are.

“Ryan was a guy who was really excited about theater and art and dance choreography and bright colors and hats,” he says. “But he also liked Kelsey, and he really liked [Zeke]. He didn’t need a label, because he wasn’t ready for that. He was still learning about himself and about people and where he fit into the world.”

“I didn’t mean for it to be a giant statement,” Lucas adds. “I actually wanted to be kind of subtle. I wanted to add nuance and little things that you might catch the second or third time you see the movies. I wanted people to think, ‘That character’s more complex than I thought,’ instead of saying, ‘Oh, he comes out in pink and you know he’s gay.’ That’s not what we had in mind. We had a lot of fun with putting in all those little nuances along the way.”

If you missed it, check out Lucas performing with Kate Reinders on the series on JJJ!

Lucas Grabeel Duets With Kate Reinders In New 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Episode - Watch Now!

Lucas Grabeel Duets With Kate Reinders In New 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Episode - Watch Now!

Lucas Grabeel and Kate Reinders aka Miss Jenn perform a duet in the latest episode of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series!

The OG High School Musical star returns to the franchise, but as a version of himself, and performs in a fantasy musical number with Miss Jenn.

“I had a blast with these peeps! @hsmtmtseries My EPISODE IS LIVE NOW! @disneyplus Seriously, these kids are the freaking best. If you were an HSM fan, watch this show!” Lucas wrote on Instagram.

“He’s a good mixture of Ryan and Lucas,” Lucas told TV Line about his role. “And they let me add a couple things of my own, including a nod to ‘We’re All in This Together.’ I also got to wear one of Ryan’s old hats while running around an auditorium, singing and dancing — which I haven’t done in a long time.”

Check out the music video now and be sure to catch the whole episode, now streaming on Disney+!


Kate Reinders – Role of a Lifetime (HSMTMTS | Disney+) ft. Lucas Grabeel
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There Was a 'Switched at Birth' Reunion This Week & Our Hearts Are So Full

There Was a 'Switched at Birth' Reunion This Week & Our Hearts Are So Full

The Kennish and Vazquez families reunited this week – well, some of them!

Vanessa Marano shared a family reunion photo on Instagram on Thursday night (December 5) with her Switched at Birth co-stars Katie LeClerc, Lucas Grabeel, and Constance Marie.

“Reunited and it feels so good. 😊 #switchedatbirth,” she captioned the group selfie.

“#FBF So THIS happened and my heart was happy! Partial Kennish/Vasquez Family reunion. 🤟🏽✨🤟🏽✨🤟🏽✨🤟🏽✨,” Constance wrote on her page with the pic.

Since Switched at Birth ended more than two years ago, the stars have kept busy.

Vanessa has since made multiple TV appearances, included a starring role on The Dead Girls Detective Agency, and she co-produced and co-starred in Saving Zoe alongside little sis Laura. Katie most recently starred in Lifetime’s Christmas a la Mode, and she has a few more movies in the works.

Lucas keeps busing in the recording booth, doing voice overs for quite a few shows, including Elena of Avalor and Family Guy. Constance is also on Elena of Avalor as the voice of Doña Paloma, and she was last seen as Dr. Corts on Alexa & Katie.

An Original HSM Star Is Coming to 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' - But Which One?

An Original HSM Star Is Coming to 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' - But Which One?

If you missed this bit of news, it was revealed and confirmed that one of the original High School Musical stars is indeed coming to High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

During his interview with TVLine, showrunner Tim Federle opened up about the original star popping up in a big fantasy number within the show.

And by the looks of the track listing for the soundtrack, it looks like it’s Ryan Evans! We mean, Lucas Grabeel!

The soundtrack, which is set to be out in full in January, features a song called “Role of a Lifetime” with Lucas on it, along with Miss Jenn, played by Kate Reinders.

Looks like it is Lucas after all! We’re so excited to see him again!

David Henrie, Emily Osment, Lucas Grabeel & Gregg Sulkin Have Epic Disney Reunion in Paris

David Henrie, Emily Osment, Lucas Grabeel & Gregg Sulkin Have Epic Disney Reunion in Paris

Talk about an amazing reunion!

David Henrie, Emily Osment, Lucas Grabeel and Gregg Sulkin all gathered up for a fun pic during the Oh My Teenage Years convention in Paris earlier this month.

“Had a blast in Paris with these lovely people! I am in love with Paris :)” David captioned his pic on Instagram.

Later on, Lucas participated in possibly the coolest HSM sing-a-long outside his hotel.

“Really cool HSM moments keep happening and make me feel warm and gooey inside,” Lucas wrote.

Check it out below!