Actress Ashley Tisdale takes the cover of New You magazine’s summer issue. Inside, she addresses rumors about "High School Musical 4."
Tisdale became a familiar name after starring in the 2006 film "High School Musical,” which also launched the careers of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. Though she starred in the first three films in the franchise, is she returning for the fourth one? She responded, “No. Looking back, it was such a perfect thing for its time and was so pure that I just don’t know how you go from there. 'High School Musical' didn’t make us, we made 'High School Musical' because of our friendship, how close we were, and the magic there at the time. Kenny Ortega just made it what it was. Disney is an amazing company so I’m sure they’ll find some way to do it.”
Though she’s not returning for the fourth installment, many still link her to her character Sharpay. Ashley said, “It’s been challenging. I think people in this business put you in a box and label you for what they think they know of you and what character you have played. Sharpay was such an awesome character, but at the end of the day it was a character; it wasn’t me. Anything that I’ve gotten since then, TV-wise and movie-wise, is me really fighting for it. I think that journey is what makes me so grateful for everything. If I was handed stuff all the time I don’t know if I would be the person I am today.”
Tisdale has moved on from “High School Musical” and has launched her own fashion and makeup line. “I love to do my own makeup and I wanted to be able to share my secrets and tips with my fans. I’m very hands-on, so it’s nice to see the reaction of how people are loving it… The reason I called it Illuminate is I feel like makeup is supposed to illuminate you. It’s supposed to enhance your natural beauty.”
For more on Ashley, grab a copy of New You magazine.