High School Musical 4 is happening and everyone is wondering if any of the original cast members will make an appearance in the film. Ashley Tisdale, who played the one and only Sharpay Evans, recently spoke about her time being a part of the series and finally answered if she'll be bringing returning to one of her most beloved roles.
"No. Looking back, it was such a perfect thing for its time and was so pure that I just don’t know how you go from there," Ashley explained. "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. Kenny Ortega just made it what it was. Disney is an amazing company so I’m sure they’ll find some way to do it."
So she's not planning on being in the new movie, letting the next generation of Wildcats take center stage. The actress went on to explain that while she loved playing Sharpay, there were some downsides to the role, mostly being that she had to work harder to get other parts and not just be typecast as Sharpay.
"Sharpay was such an awesome character, but at the end of the day it was a character; it wasn’t me. Anything that I’ve gotten since then, TV-wise and movie-wise, is me really fighting for it," she said. "I think that journey is what makes me so grateful for everything. If I was handed stuff all the time, I don’t know if I would be the person I am today. It’s a blessing to have been part of something that was so huge and impactful and all of the cast members are still my best friends today."
Hearing how the cast is still as close as they were back when this all began is always reassuring for fans of the series. We're all in this together, after all.
In honor of the legend that is Sharpay Evans, click through the gallery to see some of her best moments from all three HSM movies and then tell us in the comments what you think about what Ashley shared!