Ashley Tisdale Exclusive Interview

Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale is breaking into an elite category of young stars that has accrued much respect from critics. When one thinks of Ashley, it’s not as the young, bubbly blonde stereotype, (though Ashley is young and blonde – and we love her that way!) but of someone who is wholesome and a good role model for young girls who aspire to be like her. We caught up with Ashley just in time for the premiere of her new movie, High School Musical.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Tell us about yourself.

ASHLEY TISDALE:
I am a really creative person; I’m really nice and sweet. If you see me, you can totally come up to me, I’ll totally say hi. I’m really funny, I try to make people laugh, I love to make people laugh. It’s like, such a cool thing in the world is to have people smile and laugh at me.

THE STAR SCOOP:
How would you compare Maddie from Suite Life and Sharpay from High School Musical?

ASHLEY TISDALE:
They’re totally different. Maddie’s like, this girl next door, she’s really, really smart, she gets along with everybody, she’s always doing something crazy or insane. She’s really sweet and Sharpay is just the total opposite. She’s the most popular girl, she dresses like she goes to a red carpet event. It’s funny because she’s mean, but she always has a smile on. But they’re totally different.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Both of these characters are from Disney projects. What is so appealing to you about Disney?

ASHLEY TISDALE:
I love Disney because I’m really, really young still. I never really felt comfortable, even before I was on Disney, doing any like type of roles that are really mature. I always wanted to work for Disney my whole life. It keeps you with such a safe feeling, that you know, you don’t have to show skin, or do any of that stuff, and it’s comfortable, and I love the characters I portray. I figure, this is where I want to be right now. I don’t want to do all those mature roles right now. I have my whole life to do that. Not right now.

THE STAR SCOOP:
So how did you get your role as Maddie in the first place?

ASHLEY TISDALE:
I auditioned for it. I did a couple pilots for a network series, and finally went out for a Disney pilot. I worked with the producer and creator on Smart Guy, I did an episode before, so I went in and actually tested for both roles, London and Maddie. I’m really glad that I ended up with Maddie because for fans to first get to know me, I’d rather them look up to this character who is more like me. Maddie’s a lot more like me, rather than for Sharpay or London. Brenda already has been on Disney for a long time, so it’s easier for her fans to see that she’s not like that. I’m really happy I got it.

THE STAR SCOOP:
How does the cast get along?

ASHLEY TISDALE:
We are like a huge family, from the beginning, from the pilot. We only had like a week to shoot the pilot – like we bonded. It was just amazing. I go shopping with Brenda all the time. I always know that I have somebody there for me.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Tell us about High School Musical, what was it like being involved in something a bit different from what Disney normally does and how you got involved.

ASHLEY TISDALE:
We recorded two weeks before we started. I literally went on hiatus for Suite Life last summer. I love working, when I’m working I get so bored. I was like, what am I going to do for like a couple months? I don’t know what I’m going to do. So for two weeks on hiatus I was already bored. I was like, I need to do something. And suddenly High School Musical came around and I went to audition for it. Like it wasn’t given to me. A lot of people think it is because I’m on Disney, but I had to go on audition, and callback. It wasn’t like it was handed to me at all. I had to go in there and get it myself. I’m so thrilled and can’t believe I was part of this whole big thing. I think kids are going to love it. I think it’s something that kids will love. You know each of these characters. Sharpay is the popular girl, who is mean, you know somebody like that. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. It was great.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Are you getting more recognized now?

ASHLEY TISDALE:
Yeah, they know me as Ashley because they [Disney] kind of promote my name. I just went to a Cheetah Girls concert and I could not believe how many people…I got mobbed. It was unreal. In the amphitheater, they were like chanting Ashley. Aly and AJ, who are my really good friends, were like, we thought Ashley Simpson was here, and it was actually me.

THE STAR SCOOP:
As a Disney Channel cast, do you all know each other?

ASHLEY TISDALE:
It’s like fate that I ended up on there [Disney]. I’ve known Raven since I was three. I hadn’t seen her for the longest time! Now I’m in the same hallway as her, it’s crazy. I’ve known Aly and AJ since they were really little. We were in acting class together. I’ve known Brenda since I did a Bette Midler show. Once you’re in the business, you kind of just get to know everybody. You audition with these people, you’re friends with these people. I always stay friends with everybody. All my friends are in the business because it’s kind of hard. A lot of people were jealous and didn’t understand. I just get to know all these people. It’s kind of cool that we ended up on the same channel.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Where do you see yourself in the future?

ASHLEY TISDALE:
I probably want to do some more movies. High School Musical was the first real movie I really did, so, I definitely want to do more movies. But I always, always, want to have a sitcom. I would love to always have a TV show and then do movies on the side as well. And music. I would love to come out with an album one day…I love TV. My goal is to win an Emmy one day, not an Oscar.

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