Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The actress has reprised her role as Sharpay Evans, the character she played in the High School Musical franchise, for Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. The TV movie sees the character travel to New York in a bid to become a star, but she is left frustrated when her pet pooch attracts more attention.

Ashley filmed many of her scenes with two Yorkshire Terriers, who shared the role of Boi, and insists she developed an appreciation for the dogs – even when they were misbehaving.

“The dogs are really cute in the movie. It was fun working with dogs, but you have to have a lot of patience,” she explained in an interview with British television show Daybreak. “They are just animals so they don’t understand that much and these two dogs – it was their first project ever. They were trained, like, a month before but they were so good and so adorable, you can’t help but fall in love with them.”
Ashley shot to fame after landing a role in High School Musical and will always be thankful for the franchise which launched her career. The 25-year-old star has remained close friends with her castmates including Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron and she regularly meets up with them.

“It was pretty insane; it was kind of like a little dream,” she said when asked how it feels to have been involved with the High School Musical movies. “It’s weird, it was the best time because all of us were really good friends and we had such a good time filming those movies and we had no idea they would become so successful. I feel so lucky and blessed and we have to thank the fans for that.

“Sharpay was such a great character to play and she is so much fun. I am here today because of that character and because of High School Musical, so why not make a movie about her?”
Even though Ashley feels a close connection to the character of Sharpay, she is keen to point out she wants to challenge herself with other roles. The star doesn’t want to be typecast and would love to continue pursuing her interest in both acting and music.

“I am moving forward and I continue to grow as an actor and as a musician so well. So I definitely want to do other things,” she added.


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