Ashley Tisdale, "High School Musical" Meanie!
Ashley Michelle Tisdale (born July 2, 1985) is an American actress and recording artist. Ashley was a child actress, appearing in more than 100 national network TV ads. That led to roles in Broadway productions and some television work. She has matured into a respected television actress.
Ashley was born in West Deal, Monmouth County, New Jersey. While Ashley was out with her mother at the age of three at a local mall, a talent scout, Bill Perlman, recruited her.
Perlman sent Ashley to auditions, and she scored scores of national network television ads.
After she got a bit older, Ashley began acting at local theaters. Her first appearance was in a couple of productions at the Monmouth County Jewish Community Center (Ashley's mother is Jewish). At age 8, she was playing Cosette in a production of Les Misérables. Apparently, Ashley (by her own later account) told her manager to put her in the role - and it was done. Not too many 8-year-olds have that kind of clout.
The Les Misérables gig lasted for a couple of years, touring around the world. At the age of 12, Ashley performed at the White House as part of a troupe. Clearly, Ashley was developing quite a career.
With things going so well, the Tisdale family moved to Los Angeles. Ashley quickly landed roles on television series "Smart Guy" and "7th Heaven."
Ashley had a great voice, so she began doing voice work as well. Voice work may not be the most glamorous work in Hollywood, but it can be quite lucrative if you are good at it. In 1998, Ashley played the Lead Blueberry Scout in Disney animated feature film "A Bug's Life" and a female puppy on "An All Dogs Christmas Carol."
After that, Ashley began focusing on television work. She began scoring roles like a one-armed bandit rolling up points on the hot shows of the day. "The Amanda Show," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Boston Public," the choice parts came rolling in.
Though working steadily on shows like "Still Standing" and "Hannah Montana," She finally got a steady series role when the Disney Channel cast her as Maddie Fitzpatrick in "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." The show was a big hit, and Ashley was in 87 episodes from 2005-2008.
Despite all this, Ashley was not yet a household name. That changed with a certain little high school musical project.
In 2006, Ashley parlayed all that television experience into the choice role of Sharpay Evans in television movie "High School Musical." She played the female bad girl, always a good way to be remembered It is easy now to forget how many teen superstars came out of the "High School Musical" phenomenon, and Ashley was one.
"High School Musical" was a smash hit, spawning all sorts of different projects for Ashley. These included two sequels, best-selling soundtrack albums, a feature film, and numerous cast appearances in various venues. The character was so memorable that she even appeared in video "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventures" in 2011.
Still developing her career, Ashley occasionally to feature films. She starred in "Scary Movie 5" (2013), for instance. However, there was no question that television was her bread and butter.
Along the way, Ashley developed a singing career. This was not unusual for the stars of "High School Musical." It was, after all... a musical. Ashley contributed a great deal to the soundtrack album, which sold well over 3 million copies. If you're going to start a singing career, being on a triple-platinum album is a good start.
Ashley recorded a duet with Lucas Grabeel, "What I've Been Looking For," and it hit the top 40.
The "High School Musical" people were not bashful at all about taking advantage of the series' popularity. Ashley participated in the "High School Musical: The Concert" tour in 2006-2007.
Warner Bros. offered Ashley a recording contract. This led to her first studio album, "Headstrong," released in February 2007. It debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and ultimately sold over a million copies worldwide. Ashley had learned by this time to coordinate her projects, so she filmed her recording sessions and packaged the footage into a documentary, "There's Something About Ashley" (2007). Ashley released a second album, "Guilty Pleasure," in 2009. While it did very well, hitting No. 12 on the album chart, it suffered by comparison to her debut album. Still, selling almost 800,000 albums worldwide is nothing to sneeze at.
Ashley's career was really rolling, so she formed a production company, Blondie Girl Productions. This turned Ashley, still barely in her 20s, into an executive producer.
Ashley married singer Christopher French on September 8, 2014. That year, she also began working on another album, her third. However, at this time the album remains to be released.
Ashley has worked with several charities. These include the Make a Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Project Pink.
Ashley continues to work regularly on television series, such as starring as Sabrina Spellman on a revival of "Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch" (2013-2014). Ashley also occasionally returns to voice work, such as voicing Cinderella in "Charming" (2017).
Ashley named her production company not after herself, as some might think, but instead after her dog, Blondie.
My favorite subject was English or creative writing. We did poems and making a magazine and I did one on celebrities. I called it Celebrity Life Magazine. I interviewed my good friend Kaley Cuoco.
I'm not into clubbing. I want to be known for my work.
In real life, I'm shy. I never played a mean girl before [Sharpay].
I can only be myself. That person has to love you for who you are and everything that you are. I am not fake. I know who I am. At the end of the day, I just want to be a good person. I'm not trying to be perfect.