Where Are They Now? See What the Cast of High School Musical Is Up to Today
Zac Efron as Troy Bolton
It's hard to believe now, but the Disney Channel Original Movie was the now-heartthrob's breakout role. Before playing Troy Bolton, Efron had a few small parts in shows like CSI: Miami and The Guardian, but he shot to fame following High School Musical's success. His gorgeous head of hair didn't hurt.
Efron has starred in plenty of movies since, including The Greatest Showman, Baywatch, and the movie adaptation of Hairspray. Most recently, he played prolific serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
His latest series, Killing Zac Efron, will be released on Quibi, and follows Efron as he goes off the grid for 21 days and goes “deep into the jungles of a remote, dangerous island to carve his own name in expedition history."
Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez
Back when she went by Vanessa Anne Hudgens, the actress played Zac Efron's love interest, Gabrielle Montez. Following the film (and its sequels), she dropped the 'Anne' and continued acting and singing.
Hudgens has been busy since starring in High School Musical. She has starred on Broadway, released two albums and acted on both television and in movies.
Most recently, she starred in The Princess Switch on Netflix, which is getting a sequel in 2020, and The Knight Before Christmas.
She is set to appear in Tick, Tick... Boom alongside Andrew Garfield.
Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth
Even though his High School Musical character did not approve of his best friend Troy's theatrical pursuits, in real-life, Bleu went on to star in a number of Broadway productions. He starred in In the Heights, Godspell, Holiday Inn, and most recently in the 2019 revival of Kiss Me Kate.
Bleu also showed off his dance moves on Dancing with the Stars in 2013, where he made it to the finale.
Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans
Tisdale played Sharpay Evans, who was all about getting the most attention possible, which we respect. Before High School Musical, Tisdale had already been acting in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
Following the movie's release, Tisdale continued to act on Suite Life until 2008 and lent her voice to Phineas and Ferb from 2007 to 2015. She has voiced many characters on animated shows like Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch, American Dad, Ginger Snaps and more.
Her role as Sharpay earned her a spin-off movie: Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.
On top of acting, Tisdale has released three albums and launched her own beauty brand, Illuminate Cosmetics. In 2014, Tisdale married musician Christopher Knot.
She's currently starring alongside Patricia Heaton in Carol's Second Act.
Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans
Grabeel played second fiddle to Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay's brother, Ryan Evans. Since the film's release, Grabeel has continued to act and starred in Freeform's Switched at Birth.
He also voices animated characters on shows like Family Guy, Pinky Malinky and Elena of Avalor.
He's one of the few original cast members who made an appearance in the Disney + show, High School Musical: The Musical - The Series.
Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie
Like Bleu, Coleman also laced up her dancing shoes to compete on Dancing with the Stars in 2006, though she came in fourth place in the competition.
Coleman continues to act, though her most important role is one of advocacy. In her Instagram bio, she calls herself a "Champion for Young People." In 2010, she was named the UN's first ever Youth Champion.
She founded Gimme Mo, an organization that seeks to empower youth. She starred in a talk show of the same name that aired on Discovery Life in 2018.
Olesya Rulin as Kelsi Nielson
Rulin, who played the shy pianist Kelsi, continued to act post-HSM. She appeared in series like The Mentalist and CSI: Miami, and had a recurring role in the show Greek. Most recently she appeared on the show SEAL Team and acted in the TV movie Devious Nanny.
Kaycee Stroh as Martha Cox
Stroh popped, locked and jammed her way onto our screens for High School Musical 1, 2 and 3, but then did not do much acting after appearing on Shapetown, USA in 2011.
She did return to do her signature dance moves in High School Musical: The Musical - The Series in 2019 and for that we are forever grateful.
Alyson Reed as Ms. Darbus
You didn't think we would forget Ms. Darbus, did you?!
Before she played the oh-so-dramatic theatre teacher in HSM, Reed was a Broadway star. She was even nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in Cabaret.
She also starred in the film adaptation of A Chorus Line and acted in TV series like Party of Five and Providence.
Post-HSM trilogy, she's still acting, and has appeared in shows like How to Get Away with Murder, NCIS, Grace and Frankie and Modern Family (to name just a few). Most recently, she acted in the 2019 film Ad Astra.