"I obviously heard him because it was in a trailer, so it was really thin walls and I was like, Oh shit.
I’m totally not gonna get this because that guy’s incredible."5.
And Ashley Tisdale originally auditioned to play Gabriella Montez, in part because...3.
"At the time, I didn't know about the role of Chad Danforth," he said.2.
"I actually had a kid bring it up one day and was like, 'You look like the kid from Halloweentown High.' And I was like, 'Yeah, that's me.' He was like, 'Yeah, right, you work at Blockbuster.'"8.
Like Tisdale, Monique Coleman also originally auditioned for Gabriella.
Still, when he sees "Get'cha Head in the Game," he thinks, "How the fuck did we do that? At the time she was called back to play Taylor Mc Kessie, Coleman had nearly quit acting.
"I was going through a period which a lot of actors go through where you are on the brink of giving up because it just doesn't look like it's going to happen for you," she said.14.
"It was actually an active argument between me, my agents, and my manager. "I connected to who I felt like Taylor could be to other people who needed more colorful role models," she said."She was like, 'I think you should do it like this and then at the end, I'm going to say, "Ryan, grab my bag! That's not going to work.' And, of course, when we walked in, I couldn't help but have that energy with her and I think that's why we both got it."7." And you'll go grab my bag.' And I was like, 'I can’t believe an actor is giving me notes at an audition. Before auditioning for High School Musical, Grabeel had been working at Blockbuster.“Getting married to Sasha today was the best moment of my life,” the actor told the magazine.“I have to say my favorite part was the feeling that started in my toes and went all the way to the top of my head when Sasha came through the gate to the entrance of our venue and walked down the aisle.” The pair wed in a romantic ceremony in Santa Barbara amongst 160 of their closest friends and family.
When he got called back, he sang "Lean on Me." Director Kenny Ortega asked him to go out and learn Ryan's lines and read again. At the second callback, Grabeel and Tisdale auditioned together and their Sharpay-Ryan dynamic was quickly established.