By Lynette Rice
Updated April 01, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Corbin Bleu hopes to “shake off some of that nice-guy, wholesome image” he acquired while costarring in High School Musical 3: Senior Year. And he may be on his way: He’s set to star with Mischa Barton and Elle Macpherson in The Beautiful Life, a CW drama pilot about the fashion industry. “I play a male model. I get to sing and pose,” says Bleu to EW. “There will be some risqué stuff.”

Hey, he’s only following HSM3 costar Zac Efron’s lead. To help promote his upcoming comedy 17 Again, Efron rolled in the mud with a naked gal for the latest issue of Interview. Bleu hasn’t seen the photos, but he understands the motivation. “We can’t be the teenagers we were in High School Musical forever, as much as parents wanted us to. Zac is serious about taking his career to the next level,” says Bleu. “They sound like hot — I mean arty — pictures, so good for him.” (Reporting by Carrie Bell)