What started out as a Disney Channel Original Movie in January 2006 eventually inspired two sequels, an arena concert tour, and an ice show, en route to making star Vanessa Hudgens a household name.
On the heels of the High School Musical 10-year anniversary, the 27-year-old actress spoke to EW Radio about the moment she knew the movie would take off.
“It was a series of things like hitting No. 1 on Billboard, going platinum, going to London and having fans shake our cars back and forth like we were the Beatles,” Hudgens says. “It was one crazy, crazy thing after the other.”
Hudgens, who played Gabriella Montez in the Disney trilogy, will join her former costars for a 10-year reunion special Wednesday on the network where it all began. Unfortunately, leading man Zac Efron will not be joining Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman, and Corbin Bleu to rehash their HSM memories.
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Just weeks before Hudgens returns to America’s TVs in another small screen musical — she’ll play Rizzo in Fox’s Grease: Live — she recognizes the franchise that ignited her career. “We were very blessed,” Hudgens continues to EW Radio.
Hear what else Hudgens has to say about the DCOM’s legacy, above.
The High School Musical reunion special will air Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Disney Channel.