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Zac Efron cools his dancing feet with a dip in the pool during PEOPLE's exclusive photo shoot with the High School Musical 3: Senior Year stars.
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Showing off his unique diving form, Efron takes the plunge into the pool at a Beverly Hills estate. "It's strange," he says of the ever-present paparazzi. "Every day is a crazy adventure. We do some pretty kooky things to avoid them. It's like The Bourne Identity. I'm starting to learn the ways of the ninja."
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Efron's on- and off-screen girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens, also goes for a dip in the pool – albeit in a flowery inner tube – during the shoot with photographer Michael Lavine, who's also snapped the Jonas Brothers, Cher and 50 Cent.
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MAKING A POINT
At an on-location shoot in New York City, Corbin Bleu enjoys the view of the Empire State Building from atop the trendy Maritime Hotel. Of his new, un-Chad-like facial scruff, Bleu says, "That's the way I naturally am. I'm a guy. I'm part Italian. My father has a goatee, and I guess I take after him."
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HANGING IN THERE
Lucas Grabeel – who worked at a Blockbuster video store before starring in the blockbuster franchise – monkeys around at the Beverly Hills shoot.
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Giving her floaty Abaeté dress a whirl, Monique Coleman is fresh and pretty at Michael Lavine's third shoot with the cast members in Encino, Calif. What does her post-HSM life hold? "No idea," she tells PEOPLE. "Of course, I'm an actress, so I'm going to be dramatic and worried about it!"
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HEAD OF THE GRASS
Ashley Tisdale cools her heels in the grass at the Encino, Calif., shoot – a much needed breather before the madness of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which hits theaters Oct. 24.
For more pics, pick up PEOPLE's special HSM issue, on stands Friday!
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