Is Ashley Tisdale tired of playing Sharpay Evans in the critically-acclaimed Disney TV movie trilogy High School Musical? Not quite. But in recent High School Musical 4 updates, the actress said that she may not be back for the recently-confirmed fourth film.
Tisdale, who played East High’s blonde diva in all three HSM movies, admitted it has been difficult for her to separate herself from her character and avoid being subjected to stereotyping.
“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,” Tisdale revealed in an interview with New You magazine, TV3 quoted. “Sharpay was such an awesome character, but at the end of the day, it was a character, it wasn’t me.”
The 30-year-old actress went on to express that she fought hard for her movie and TV projects after “High School Musical” and that she is thankful for the learning experience that made her the person she is today.
“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. (Director) Kenny Ortega just made it what it was,” Tisdale commented. However, Tisdale is positive that Disney will be able to find a way to do High School Musical 4 even without her in it.
Fans have been scrambling for answers about whether the original East High Wildcats will make a grand comeback in High School Musical 4. Although he was absent during the High School Musical reunion special early this year, lead star Zac Efron shared a throwback photo on Instagram of him and co-stars Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, and Corbin Bleu.
According to several High School Musical 4 updates, it was a sign of Efron’s interest in joining the fourth installment.
In what seemed to be a response to Efron’s post, Hudgens posted a cropped picture on Twitter featuring a couple kissing. Many fans believe that it was an old photo of Efron and Hudgens back when “Zanessa” was a still a thing.
— Vanessa Hudgens (@VanessaHudgens) June 8, 2016
Vanessa previously showed support for Disney’s plan to roll out High School Musical 4. “Being able to do musicals is such a dream of mine and the fact that they’re keeping it alive and bringing it to a new generation is really wonderful,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
High School Musical 4 updates also revealed that the new movie will focus on a younger generation of East High Wildcats. Some of the original High School Musical cast members may appear as mentors.