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Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel played twins. Disney Channel

In various interviews, the costars have spoken candidly about not connecting on set.

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"I remember auditioning with Ashley and hating her because she wanted to rehearse a lot," Grabeel told Billboard in 2018. "I was like, "Look, I don"t want to socialize much, I just want to work on my own thing, I came prepared." But we ran through the scene together outside, and she gave me notes in true Sharpay fashion. I was like, "Who is this girl telling me how to do my own audition?""

When the pair teamed up to sing "What I"ve Been Looking For" on Tisdale"s YouTube channel, they explained that they simply didn"t understand each other.

"I think we just didn"t know each other and I think I was definitely a lot like Sharpay," Tisdale said.

Nowadays, Tisdale and Grabeel are close friends.

"We just needed to live some life and go through some experiences together and learn where both of us came from and then it happened," Grabeel said.

"HSM" was filmed at an actual high school in Utah, while classes were in session.


Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella and Zac Efron as Troy in "HSM." Disney Channel

In the movies, East High School is in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But in reality, the school is located in Salt Lake City and their mascot is a leopard.

Because they made the movie during regular school hours, the cast and crew was often on a time crunch. Specifically while filming "We"re All in This Together" in the gym, they had to make sure there were no errors.

"Once the confetti went off, you could only do it once because there wasn"t time to clean it up," Coleman told BuzzFeed.

Unfortunately, parts of the school"s interior were damaged after a flash flood took place in 2017.

Another actor and singer, Drew Seeley, sang Efron's tracks in "HSM."


Drew Seeley on MTV's "Total Request Live" in September 2008. Peter Kramer/AP

Most "HSM" fans probably know that Efron"s singing voice wasn"t heard too much in the first movie and the soundtrack. It has been speculated that his vocals were too low and he couldn"t hit a majority of the high notes, so they went with Seeley, who also auditioned and wrote "Get"cha Head in the Game."

Seeley did get to sing Efron"s parts when the cast embarked on a concert tour, which the actor couldn"t attend because he was busy working on "Hairspray."

Efron ended up singing for real for "HSM 2" and "HSM 3," though.

"That was a very huge point for me," Efron told the Orlando Sentinel in 2007. "I had to put my foot down and fight to get my voice on these tracks."

He added: "In the first movie, after everything was recorded, my voice was not on them. I was not really given an explanation. It just kind of happened that way. Unfortunately, it put me in an awkward position. It"s not something I expected to be addressed. Then "High School Musical" blew up. I"m very fortunate that Drew has gotten proper credit and also that I"ve gotten the opportunity to come back and try it again with my own voice."


Monique Coleman starred as Taylor McKessie in the "HSM" movies. Disney Channel

"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," Coleman told BuzzFeed.

She was also hesitant to audition for the movie and said it "was actually an active argument between me, my agents, and my manager."

Coleman ultimately gave it a shot because she "connected" to Taylor.

"At the time, Raven-Symoné was the most prominent African-American on the Disney Channel , if not the only one," Coleman explained to BuzzFeed. "I really wanted my nieces and godsisters and just other girls that were like me growing up that didn"t really have a role model that looked like them the smartest girl in school."

Troy and Gabriella met after being paired up for karaoke at a ski lodge. Disney Channel

Tisdale and Coleman both auditioned to play Gabriella.

"I just knew that I was terrible," Coleman recalled to BuzzFeed."I didn"t really feel equipped to sing and dance."

Speaking to, Coleman said that"the audition was actually awful, but at the end of my audition, I basically made the casting director aware of the fact that I knew that it was terrible."

"And I think in that moment, they saw the potential or the seed of Taylor McKessie," she added.

Grabeel also tried out for the role of Troy and vividly remembers hearing Seeley"s audition right before his.

"I obviously heard him because it was in a trailer, so it was really thin walls and I was like, "Oh s---. I"m totally not gonna get this because that guy"s incredible,"" Grabeel told BuzzFeed.

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