What Ever Happened To The Cast Of High School Musical?

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The year was 2006. The Disney Channel was riding a wave of tween popularity, thanks to shows like That's So Raven, Hannah Montana, and Kim Possible. It was the perfect time to try something ambitious, something different. Something like...a musical. Enter: High School Musical.

Yes, it's really been 10 years since the world was first introduced to Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. Yes, 10 years ago, we were told — in song — to remember that we're all in this together. And yes, 10 years ago, we saw some of the worst 2000s fashion choices ever made. I mean, feathers and bedazzled shirts? Bless their hearts.

To celebrate this milestone, we've decided to check up on the actors from the original High School Musical. Where are they now? What are they doing? Do they still call themselves "Wildcats"? Okay, so maybe we can't find information about that last question, but it's no less important.

Ahead, 15 of the stars from the original High School Musical and how they've changed since the TV movie's premiere. Go Wildcats!
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Zac Efron (Troy Bolton)
Thank you, Troy Bolton, for reminding us to keep our heads in the game. For telling us to bet on it. For successfully completing more basketball dance routines than any teen before you. You're a hero, even with the awful feathered hair.

Also, Zac Efron was pretty cool, too.
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Where's Zac Efron Now?
Really? You don't know? Efron went on to star in both High School Musical sequels as hero Troy Bolton. But there's more.

Once he got his head in the game (never going to stop being funny), he was able to get roles in movies like Hairspray, The Lucky One, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. He even won an MTV Movie Award in 2014 for being hot and was pressured into stripping onstage.

Most recently, Efron did what few humans have been able to: Work out with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. That's mostly thanks to their roles in the Baywatch remake. But also, because those abs.
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Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay Evans)
There are few people in this world who can pull off bouffants, feather-lined vests, rhinestone-embellished pleather skirts, and bright-pink ankle boots. But Sharpay Evans tried to be that person. Bless her.

Ashley Tisdale's performance as Sharpay — in three HSM movies — was memorable thanks to her biting lines and glitzy musical numbers. Yes, she screamed that she wanted "it all." That's how she wiggled her way into our hearts.
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So Where's Ashley Tisdale Now?
First of all, there was a Sharpay spin-off called Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. Just enjoy that for a moment. In addition to reprising her HSM role, Tisdale starred in Disney Channel shows, like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Believe it or not, Tisdale was also the voice of Candace Flynn on Phineas and Ferb from 2007 to 2010.

Since then, she's been on lots of TV shows, like Sons of Anarchy, the short-lived Hellcats, and Young and Hungry.

She's also still close with her HSM costars — especially BFF Vanessa Hudgens, who was a bridesmaid in Tisdale's wedding. They also create the best BFF snaps. East High, forever.
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Lucas Grabeel (Ryan Evans)
Before HSM, the most noteworthy thing that Lucas Grabeel had been in was probably Halloweentown High. But he burst onto the scene as Sharpay's talented brother-sidekick, Ryan.

Let's be real: Ryan Evans could make any hat work. Like any damn hat. Look at this photo. He's actually pulling that hat off! Maybe it's just the lesser of two evils, since he's next to Sharpay's "ensemble." Maybe, it's just a gift.

In any case, you're probably wondering where Lucas Grabeel is now.
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So Where's Lucas Grabeel Now ?
He's still a star. Grabeel went on to star in both HSM sequels and even some specials — including Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.

But Grabeel also has also starred in movies, like Milk. Most notably, he's been playing Toby Kennish on the Freeform show Switched at Birth since 2011.
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Monique Coleman (Taylor McKessie)
Before Monique Coleman starred in High School Musical, she was best known for her role on the hit series Boston Public. But then, High School Musical came along — and she became Taylor McKessie.

Taylor was the head of the Science Club and captain of the Scholastic Decathlon team who showed Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) the ropes at East High. She's the perfect example of a BFF who totally screws up, but redeems herself.

She's also the best dressed at East High — by far. Girl can match any scarf or headband to her outfit! It works every damn time!
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So Where Is Monique Coleman Now?
Coleman reprised her role as Taylor McKessie for all three HSM movies. She also filled her time with roles in the Disney family — including a role on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

Coleman made guest appearances on shows like Bones, but took a small break from acting to focus on philanthropy. She created Gimme Mo', a platform which aims to inspire young people. Gimme Mo' has been such a success that Coleman became the first-ever U.N. Youth Champion.

These days, she has a few acting projects in the works, including movies such as The Outdoorsman and We Are Family, plus a series called Miranda's Rights.
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Kaycee Stroh (Martha Cox)
Believe it or not, High School Musical was Kaycee Stroh's second acting gig, ever.

She played Martha Cox, a member of East High's Scholastic Decathalon team — who also happens to love hip-hop dancing. After all, what is High School Musical if not an ode to students pursuing their secret passions?

Martha would be a part of High School Musical 2 and High School Music 3: Senior Year.
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So Where's Kaycee Stroh Now?
Kaycee Stroh is basically living her best life right now — and we're here for it. While filming High School Musical 3 in Utah, Stroh met her future husband.

The couple married in 2009 with several members of the HSM family in attendance. Since then, they've had two children. Stroh is currently filming a new movie.
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Corbin Bleu (Chad Danforth)
Look, Corbin Bleu has been acting all his life. Long before High School Musical rolled around, he was already nabbing roles on TV shows and movies.

But HSM was the movie that made him a star. He played Chad Danforth, Troy Bolton's basketball-obsessed best friend who wants Troy to keep his damn head in the game.

It's worth mentioning that despite his distaste for musical theater, Chad was very good at performing choreography while dribbling a basketball. He was also hair #goals.
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So Where's Corbin Bleu Now?
He's busy being a star, of course. During the HSM days, Bleu had several film shorts (the best one is titled Corbin Bleu: Deal With It). He also starred on episodes of Hannah Montana and Phineas and Ferb.

Outside of Disney, Bleu went on to guest star on major shows like The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Psych, and Castle. He also became a regular on the soap opera One Life To Live.

In addition to his work on screen, Bleu had a Billboard Top 20 hit song with "Push It To The Limit" in 2007 (NEVER FORGET).

Bleu has also been on Broadway. He starred in the musical In The Heights (with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda) and Godspell. He's currently starring in the musical Holiday Inn.

And if all that's not enough, Bleu just got married, too!
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Chris Warren (Zeke Baylor)
Before High School Musical, Chris Warren was a busy young actor. He'd been in the movie Love & Basketball and on shows like Zoey 101 and The Bold and The Beautiful.

But in 2006, he joined the cast of HSM, playing Zeke Baylor. Zeke was on the East High basketball team and loved only two things: Baking and Sharpay Evans. Not necessarily in that order.
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So Where's Chris Warren Now?
Warren showed up in all three HSM movies and after, he went back to television.

Warren was on the show Good Luck Charlie. Later, he starred on The Hard Times of RJ Berger. Since then, he's been on The Fosters. Right now, Warren is filming two new projects.
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Bart Johnson (Coach Jack Bolton)
Of course, Troy Bolton's father was the head coach of the school's basketball team. He was also very against Troy and Gabriella's relationship — because he didn't want her to distract Troy from basketball. LOL.

In the end, he comes around since his son is so happy with her. From there on out he's supportive of Troy on and off the court. Alls well that ends well, right?
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So Where's Bart Johnson Now?
He's pretty busy. Johnson had been in tons of TV shows before the original High School Musical came around, including Saved by the Bell, Clueless, and CSI: Miami.

After the HSM series came to an end, he went back to his television career. Johnson was on shows like The Client List and NCIS.
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Olesya Rulin (Kelsi Nielsen)
If you think having roles on shows like Everwood is pretty cool, then it's safe to say that Olesya Rulin was pretty cool even before she joined the High School Musical cast.

She played Kelsi Nielsen, the girl behind The Twinkle Towne musical. Kelsi is also the one who wrote "You Are The Music In Me" for Troy and Gabriella, which is kind of a big deal.

Let's also never forget that she could rock a bowler and glasses like no other. No wonder all that talent got her a ticket to Julliard in High School Musical 3.
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So Where's Olesya Rulin Now?
She's been pretty successful. Key example: Rulin played Abby on the hit show Greek from 2009 to 2011. You remember Abby, right? Raises her hand basically every time she speaks.

Since then, she's been on shows like Drop Dead Diva, NCIS, and Eye Candy. These days, Rulin is on the PlayStation show Powers, which is based on a Marvel comic by the same name. In the series, Rulin plays Calista Secor, a girl who's hoping that her own superpowers reveal themselves.
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Alyson Reed (Ms. Darbus)
Want to know something cool? Alyson Reed —also known as Ms. Darbus — had a long, incredible career long before High School Musical came around.

Reed started her career on Broadway as a dancer and actress before most of the High School Musical cast was even born. She was in shows like Cabaret and A Grand Night For Singing. She was nominated for a Tony and toured the country in A Chorus Line.

So let's just say she was a pretty big deal before she took on the role of Ms. Darbus, the East High drama teacher who loves drama more than anything.
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So Where's Alyson Reed Now?
She's still at it! Reed played Ms. Darbus in all three HSM movies. Then, she kept taking on tons of television roles on shows like CSI, Mad Men, Desperate Housewives, and Modern Family.

Fun fact: She was also the voice of Judith in Where The Wild Things Are.

Basically, Reed was, is, and always has been a boss. She will continue being one long after we stop writing about High School Musical, too.
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Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella Montez)
Long before she was hitting up Coachella and rocking crazy manicures, Vanessa Hudgens was Gabriella Montez.

In High School Musical, Gabriella was the sweet girl who loves chemistry, singing, and Troy Bolton. She also has an affinity for pastels, fluttery skirts, and ballet flats.

The best part? That time Troy and Gabriella fell in love IRL. It didn't last, but good things rarely ever do.
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So Where's Vanessa Hudgens Now?
Stop playing. You know exactly where Vanessa Hudgens is now. After wrapping up the HSM trilogy, Hudgens became a movie star.

She started in movies like Bandslam and Sucker Punch, then took on projects like Spring Breakers.

Most recently, Hudgens performed in Grease: Live as Betty Rizzo, just one day after her father passed away after a battle with cancer. Right now, she's filming a new TV series called Powerless.
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Ryne Sanborn (Jason Cross)
Ryne Sanborn played Jason Cross in all three High School Musical movies. In case you don't remember, Jason was a member of the East High basketball team.

No, he was never a major player in the HSM series, but he was nice, funny, and supportive of his teammate. Plus, he got to be a part of the big dance number, which is really all that matters.
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So Where's Ryne Sanborn Now?
After he finished playing Jason Cross, Sanborn gave up acting for good. Instead, he reportedly headed to the University of Utah, where he majored in architecture, according to J-14.
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Drew Seeley (Troy Bolton's Singing Voice)
Oh wait, you didn't know that Zac Efron didn't do his own singing in the original High School Musical? Well, you do now.

Drew Seeley, who had been on shows like Guiding Light and One Tree Hill, was the voice of Troy Bolton. Not to mention he helped write "Get'cha Head in the Game."

So this begs the question: Did Drew Seeley's Troy voice make the movie or was it Zac Efron's lip-syncing? The world may never know.
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So Where's Drew Seeley Now?
Well, Seeley went on tour with the rest of the cast — still singing as Troy Bolton, because those were really his pipes, anyway.

In 2011, Seeley released an album called The Resolution. The following year, he snagged a role in Pitch Perfect. Since, Seeley has been working on multiple projects.

He's also been in several Broadway shows. In 2009, he played Prince Eric in the Disney Broadway musical The Little Mermaid. In 2014, he starred in the Broadway hit Jersey Boys.
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Irene Santiago (Chem Teacher Haley Michaels)
Look, Irene Santiago didn't get a ton of screen time in High School Musical, but she deserves mention. Why? Because she's Gabriella's chemistry teacher — and that's Gabriella's favorite freaking subject in school. Also, Gabriella corrects this chemistry teacher. Because she's a genius.
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So Where's Irene Santiago Now?
In a twist, Irene Santiago didn't come back for any of the other HSM movies. But don't be bummed — she's been very busy with other television and movie projects.

She's had roles in One Tree Hill, Iron Man 3, and Secrets and Lies. She's also done lots of work in smaller movies.
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Allison Holker (Cheerleader dancer)
You may be asking yourself, Why the hell is Refinery29 focusing on a girl who was credited as "cheerleader dancer"? I can't even tell which girl in this picture is actually Allison Holker. Why are they digging this deep into the High School Musical bench? Do I need to know anything about her?

All your questions will be answered!
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So Where's Allison Holker Now?
Holker was credited as "East High Dancer" in High School Musical 2, but that's the least impressive thing on her résumé.

Holker is a dancing machine — and a star. She advanced to the Top 8 on the second season of So You Think You Can Dance. She also traveled on the So You Think You Can Dance tour.

But it gets better. Holker was a backup dancer for Demi Lovato in 2011.

Wait, it gets even better: Holker danced on Dancing with the Stars from 2012 until this year. One time, she even got Babyface as her partner! That popularity probably explains why she has over 500K followers on Instagram, too.
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