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She was so nervous to sing in particular that the casting director asked if she'd rather sing from the corner of the audition room. "I look back and I think that they probably were kidding when they asked me if I wanted to turn my back, but I think I was just doing what made me feel comfortable," she said.10. "I went in with a basketball, with a jersey on and basketball shorts — I looked like a baller.
In addition to acting auditions, there were music auditions, dance auditions, and, for the Wildcats actors, basketball auditions, according to Bleu.11. And I don't know how, but by the grace of god, for some reason, that day was just a fluke and I happened to be OK enough to fake it like I could actually play.
"After reading the script, the first thing I said to him was, 'OK, Kenny, Ryan's gay, right?
I know it's Disney Channel so I'm not really gonna be gay, but I mean, yeah, right?
"I obviously heard him because it was in a trailer, so it was really thin walls and I was like, Oh shit.
" And you'll go grab my bag.' And I was like, 'I can’t believe an actor is giving me notes at an audition. Before auditioning for High School Musical, Grabeel had been working at Blockbuster.Sharpay and Ryan Evans were originally written to be black characters."I believe they found someone to play Sharpay, but they couldn't find a black equivalent [for Ryan] and then I think they found Ashley so they decided to cast Sharpay and Ryan as Caucasian," Bleu said.4."At the time, Raven-Symoné was the most prominent African-American on the Disney Channel, if not the only one.I really wanted my nieces and godsisters and just other girls that were like me growing up that didn't really have a role model that looked like them [to see themselves as] the smartest girl in school."16.