Disney 'High School Musical' Actors: Where Are They Now? [PHOTOS]

 
on May 04 2012 3:21 PM
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    The cast of "High School Musical." Reuters
  • Zac Efron Aka Troy Bolton
    Zac Efron's latest film, "The Lucky One," isn't exactly thrilling the critics, but fans are still happy with his steadily rising career -- and his whole new set of muscles. His films since "High School Musical 3" include "Charlie St. Cloud," "Liberal Arts," and "Me and Orson Welles." He can be seen soon in the thriller “The Paperboy,” which also stars Nicole Kidman and John Cusack. Reuters
  • Ashley Tisdale aka Sharpay Evans
    Ashley Tisdale got her own "HSM" spin-off, the direct-to-video "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure." She had a starring role in the short-lived television series “Hellcats,” playing a college cheerleader. She does voice work for the Disney animated series "Phineas and Ferb.” She stars in the coming film “Jonah & the Whale.” She posed nude for Allure magazine last year, when she was quoted as saying, "Being in this shoot was me saying, 'I'm not just the young girl everybody thinks I am. I'm actually a woman.'" Reuters
  • Lucas Grabeel Aka Ryan Evans
    Lucas Grabeel has a recurring role on the ABC Family show “Switched at Birth.” He starred in the musical Web series "I Kissed a Vampire." Reuters
  • Corbin Bleu Aka Chad Danforth
    Thousands of Twitter users were left wondering if "High School Musical" star Corbin Bleu had died after #RIPCorbinBleu trended nationally on Twitter Sunday evening. Reuters
  • Monique Coleman Aka Taylor McKessie
    Monique Coleman is the head of the website Gimme Mo’, which is “dedicated to empowering today's youth.” Her television work since “HSM” includes an episode of the animated series “The Cleveland Show” and an appearance in one episode of the forensic thriller “Bones.” Reuters
  • Olesya Rulin Aka Kelsi Nielsen
    Olesya Rulin has been involved in several small film productions, including “Flying By,” “Expecting Mary,” and “Apart.” Reuters
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As Zac Efron faces a lukewarm reception for The Lucky One -- the film featuring his first grown-up romantic lead -- let's take a look back at the stars of High School Musical, the made-for-television Disney movie that launched a multimillion-dollar franchise.

It has been more than six years since HSM premiered. The film was a huge break for its stars, then fresh-faced child actors who certainly were not known for taking edgier roles. HSM was cheesy, to be sure, but it was profitable cheese.

The High School Musical alum are still relatively fresh-faced, but some have clearly been trying to break away from that annoyingly squeaky-clean Disney image. One even posed nude for a magazine, and it wasn't Vanessa Hudgens.

Here's a look at the former HSM stars, what they've been up to, and where they are today.

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