Catching up with Ashley Tisdale
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – June 16, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – I’ve interviewed Ashley Tisdale a few times. We first met at a run-through for a scene she was shooting on the set of the Disney Channel film “High School Musical.” The young actress was very polite and we talked about her family, friends and her role as the “drama queen” Sharpay Evans in the film. She was extremely focused on her work, career and future in the business.
Although she’ll tell you that she is mostly an actress, Ashley is an extremely smart and savvy businesswoman who understands the business-end of movie making. So, nine years after our very first interview, it doesn’t surprise me that Ashley has taken control of her career, not only in front of the cameras, but behind the scenes as well.
About Ashley Tisdale:
Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television and music, Ashley Tisdale is one of Hollywood’s most sought after talents and continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects including her production company Blondie Girl Productions. Audiences will next see Ashley star in the TBS comedy series “Clipped” which premieres June 16.
“Clipped” is created by Executive Producers David Kohan & MaxMutchnick, the creators of “Will & Grace.”
The show revolves around a group of kids who ran in different circles in high school but now all work together at Buzzy’s Barbershop in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Ashley will also be seen on the big screen alongside Jason Biggs in the independent comedy “Drive She Said” which will be released later this year. Ashley and her “Blondie Girl Production” company produced the ABC Family show “Young and Hungry,” which recently premiered for season two.
In January 2014 the company produced telefilm “Cloud 9” about the competitive world of snowboarding debuted on the Disney Channel.
The company also produced the BRAVO reality show “Miss Advised,” about a group of relationship experts who don’t practice what they preach and “Inner Circle” for E! Blondie Girl Productions has many scripted and unscripted television shows in development with various networks including Bravo, ABC Family and Disney Channel.
Ashley’s other television credits include a recurring role on the ABC comedy “Super Fun Night” playing Rebel Wilson’s sister, and a multi-episode arc on the critically acclaimed television series “Sons of Anarchy” and guest starred on NBC comedy “The Crazy Ones” with the late Robin Williams.
Ashley starred in the CW drama “Hellcats,” a coming-of-age drama about a young pre-law student, Marti (Aly Michalka), whose world is turned upside-down when she loses her scholarship and has to join the college’s legendary competitive cheerleading squad. The Hellcats are run by captain Savannah Monroe (Ashley), a petite, peppy Texan, who becomes Marti’s roommate. This energetic series is a behind-the-scenes look at the drama, politics and pressure surrounding the powerhouse football program at a Southern University.
Ashley quickly garnered attention and became one of the breakout stars of the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel worldwide phenomenon “High School Musical.”
Ashley reprised her role as Sharpay Evans, the high school drama queen, in “High School Musical 2,” which broke cable TV records as it garnered 17.5 million viewers. With the success of HSM, Disney decided to release the third installment of the extremely successful “High School Musical” franchise as a feature film.
“High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” set a box office record as the highest grossing opening weekend total for a musical.
Ashley reprised her role in the Disney Channel original film “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure,” in which her extremely popular character, Sharpay Evans, travels to New York to pursue a Broadway career but it’s her dog who lands an acting gig first. The telefilm debuted in May and was the #1 watched show on cable for the night.
Ashley starred in the Weinstein Company “Scream” parody film “Scary Movie 5″ and her other credits included the feature film “Alien’s in the Attic,” voicing the character of Candane Flynn in the Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated animated series,”Phineas and Ferb” on Disney XD and Disney Channel.
The animated series received a 2014 Critics Choice Television nomination for Best Animated Series and received a 2014 Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program. Ashley is also the voice of Sabrina Spellman in the Hub Network series “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch.”
She was nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award Emmy for the show in the category of Outstanding Performance in an Animated Program.
A Warner Bros. Records recording artist, her solo album, “Headstrong,” debuted in February 2007 and entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at number five. Ashley released her second solo album entitled “Guilty Pleasure” in June 2009. In 2013 Ashley released the single “You’re Always Here” as a tribute to her grandfather.
Proceeds from the song benefitted the St. Jude’s organization. In fall 2006, Tisdale starred in “High School Musical: The Concert,” a sold-out 42-date arena concert tour throughout North America which, after a break to film the sequel to the movie, carried on through spring 2007 in Latin America, playing sold-out soccer stadiums in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico.