This may come as a shock, but Lucas Grabeel is turning 36 years old on Monday, November 23. The actor was only 21 when he starred in High School Musical, which means it has been more than 14 years since the iconic Disney Channel movie hit screens, and we can’t believe how fast time has flown by!
As fans know, the flick also starred Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and more. It was about a star athlete named Troy Bolton who fell for a nerdy girl named Gabrielle Montez at a New Year’s Eve karaoke party. Together, they auditioned for the high school musical, but when mean girl Sharpay Evans and her brother Ryan tried to sabotage them and steal the roles, it made things a little complicated. It was definitely a big part of a lot of our childhoods, so the fact that it’s been more than a decade since it came out is seriously making us feel old.
But wait, what is the cast up to these days, you ask? In honor of Grabeel’s birthday, we decided to check in on them all, and boy, have they all changed a lot! Here’s what the stars are doing now…
What Is Zac Efron Doing Now?
HSM was just the beginning for Efron! He went on to star in Hairspray, 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud, New Year’s Eve, The Lucky One, The Paperboy, That Awkward Moment, Neighbors, We Are Your Friends, Dirty Grandpa, Baywatch, The Greatest Showman, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and more. In 2010, Efron started his own production company under Warner Bros., called Ninjas Runnin’ Wild. He also landed his very own Quibi show — Killing Zac Efron. Oh, and we did we mention that he’s got three new movies in the works?! Yeah, the list seriously goes on and on!
What Is Vanessa Hudgens Doing Now?
Hudgens did not slow down after HSM. She continued to act, landing roles in Bandslam, Beastly, Sucker Punch, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Spring Breakers, Grease Live!, Powerless, The Princess Switch, Rent: Live, The Knight Before Christmas, Bad Boys for Life and more. But that’s not all, she also dropped two studio albums over the years, and they were full of bops!
What Is Ashley Tisdale Doing Now?
Tisdale most famously went on to voice Camille Leon in Kim Possible. After that, she also starred in Phineas and Ferb, Picture This, Aliens in the Attic, Hellcasts, Birds of Paradise, Scary Movie V, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch, Clipped, Ginger Snaps, Skylanders Academy, Merry Happy Whatever, Carol’s Second Act and others. She released two albums in 2007 and 2009, and then returned to music in 2019 when her third LP Symptoms came out. The actress married composer Christopher French back in 2014, and the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together on September 17, 2020. Congrats!
What Is Lucas Grabeel Doing Now?
Grabeel may always be Ryan in fans’ hearts, but that didn’t stop him from accomplishing a lot after HSM! He acted in Return to Halloweentown, Alice Upside Down, College Road Trip, I Kissed a Vampire, Switched at Birth, Spirit Riding Free, Elena of Avalor, Family Guy and more. He also founded a production company called 14341 Productions.
What Is Corbin Bleu Doing Now?
Bleu continued to act after HSM, starring in Jump In!, Flight 29 Down, Free Style, The Beautiful Life: TBL, To Write Love on Her Arm, Scary or Die, One Life to Live, Sugar, Witches in the Woods and more. He also competed in the seventh season of Dancing With the Stars, where he finished in second place. Plus, the actor starred in a few Broadway plays, produced a few TV shows and movies and released two studio albums of his own! He married his longtime girlfriend, Sasha Clements, in 2016.
What Is Monique Coleman Doing Now?
Fans can catch Coleman in Free the Nipple, The Fourth Door, Here We Go Again, We Are Family, The Outdoorsman, Steppin’ Back to Love, Phobias and more. She too competed in Dancing With the Stars. She participated in the third season, where she came in fourth place. The actress got married to basketball player Walter Jordan in 2012.