The Wildcats are back with their third installment of High School Musical, this time hitting the silver screen as they enter their senior year. Will this be the last we'll see of Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, and Chad? Hollyscoop got the chance to sit down with the cast to talk about the phenomenon HSM has become, and the possibility that this may be the end of an era.
The cast as a whole can all agree on the fact that they used their time on the set to travel back to high school. Only this time, there were makeup people and students conversing in song. For some, it was very different than their "real" high school experiences. And for one cast member, the first time she'd ever been to prom or wore a cap and gown.
Ashley Tisdale: "My real life senior year was completely opposite of Sharpay's. She's thinking about a Julliard scholarship because it's a step towards Broadway for her; whereas I was already acting in my high school."
Vanessa Hudgens: "I was actually home schooled, so I never actually really went to high school. That's just another reason HSM means so much to me. I got to go to my prom for the first time. And I got to wear a cap and gown for the very first time."
Monique Coleman: "I was 17 and I could not get out of high school fast enough, and I couldn't get on with my life fast enough, I couldn't get as far away from South Carolina fast enough. At that time, I'm sure I had different motivations than my character."
As for memories, it was hard for each cast mate to pin point a specific favorite part of the High School musical ride they've been on for the past three years.
Zac Efron said, "I don't know if you can put it all into one specific memory. I think it's just the environment. It's been a very safe and creative place for us to work for the past three years. And it's going to be pretty hard to leave that behind."
Vanessa told us, "We've done three movies. You have to understand that it's been three years of our lives that we've had the most amazing time. Picking one memory is almost impossible."
Monique echoed, "It's been such an incredible ride. We've gotten to do things that Other actors don't normally get to do ever in their careers."
Corbin Bleu, however, knew all along that he wanted to be in the limelight. He says, "It always changes, ya know when you're a kid and you have grand ideas to really become a lot of different things. It came down to two professions for me. A pediatrician and an actor. Now I can at least play an doctor on TV."
Zac also got a chance to clear up that story of a fan trying to take a lock of his hair while he was in London for the premiere. Zac insists it was a mix-up, saying, "There was no scary fan encounter. I didn't get touched. I walked and got into a car, and then I had like, all of my relatives calling me saying, 'What happened?' It was blown out of proportion."
Even though the chances are slim of the entire original cast returning for a fourth movie, it doesn't mean the cast wasn't choked up after shooting wrapped on HSM 3. Ortega says the whole cast, including the guys, were cying! He says, "The entire cast one at a time started to crumble. We had to stop shooting, and the producer ordered the van to pick them up and send them back to makeup trailer."
Ashley dittoed that, saying, "Kenny had said this amazing speech and that's what got us all going. Hair and makeup even started crying. It was an emotional fest."
Zac says, "We've come a long way as Wildcats, but even more as individuals."
Make sure to catch High School Musical 3 as it hits theaters October 24th.