Coleman knew Tisdale before shooting High School Musical because she had filmed one episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody at the time."The first night showing up at the hotel and not really knowing anyone, I'm walking down the hallway and Ashley's walking the other way and she starts screaming at the top of her lungs, 'Oh my god, I'm so happy you're here! "And that was the most comforting thing for me because it made me feel like I wasn't alone." 20."I actually had a kid bring it up one day and was like, 'You look like the kid from Halloweentown High.' And I was like, 'Yeah, that's me.' He was like, 'Yeah, right, you work at Blockbuster.'"8.Like Tisdale, Monique Coleman also originally auditioned for Gabriella.
"It was actually an active argument between me, my agents, and my manager. "I connected to who I felt like Taylor could be to other people who needed more colorful role models," she said.Grabeel and Olyesa Rulin, who played Kelsi Nielsen, also knew each other from both appearing in Halloweentown High together.21.Grabeel asked Ortega about Ryan's sexuality very early on.Still, when he sees "Get'cha Head in the Game," he thinks, "How the fuck did we do that? At the time she was called back to play Taylor Mc Kessie, Coleman had nearly quit acting."I was going through a period which a lot of actors go through where you are on the brink of giving up because it just doesn't look like it's going to happen for you," she said.14."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."After shooting Halloweentown High, I had to go back to work at Blockbuster because I made a little money, but I didn’t book anything right after," he said.The store had the 2004 Disney Channel Original Movie available for rent."I just knew that I was terrible," she said of her audition."I didn’t really feel equipped to sing and dance."9.