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Actors shed tears over “High School Musical”
Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad and Taylor were “all in this together” for almost three years, so when it came down to the final day of filming for “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” tears were flowing on set.
The latest movie in the Disney franchise, which opens in the U.S. on Oct. 22, sees the six main characters graduate East High School, and although Disney is already planning a fourth installment in a couple of years time, many of the stars won’t be coming back.
“Knowing it was the last time we’d be together was extremely emotional,” recalled Vanessa Hudgens, who has played math student Gabriella Montez since 2006. “We’ve been through so much together, we have become a really close-knit family.”
“The last day was horrible. We couldn’t stop crying and we had to do one more scene. We were in hair and makeup, crying our eyes out, and the assistant director was saying ‘ we need to go’ and hair and makeup was saying ‘ we can’t get their makeup on them they won’t stop crying’, ” she said.
Zac Efron, 21, who plays basketball-crazy Troy, said the final graduation scene “was our sign-off”.
”It was very emotional, the last day on set. No one was expecting it. We knew it was coming but it was something about that moment — it had such finality.
“ It felt like we were closing a curtain with the biggest performance of our lives yet to come,” Efron said.
Can “High School Musical” survive without Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay and their friends. Disney thinks so. What do you say?