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Lucas Grabeel Doesn't Know If He Would Play Ryan in 'High School' Now for This Reason

Lucas Grabeel is opening up about playing Ryan in High School Musical.

Just a few days ago, director Kenny Ortega revealed in a new interview that the 35-year-old actor’s character was gay after years of speculation.

Now, Lucas is looking back on his role, saying that if the movie was made today, he wouldn’t want to play Ryan because he would want a gay actor to play the role. High School Musical was released back in 2006.

“There’s so many amazingly talented gay actors that could do it as well, so if High School Musical was made today – I don’t know if I would play Ryan,” Lucas shared with TMZ. “I would love to, but the last thing I want to do is take an opportunity away from other people.”

Lucas continued: “As a straight white man, I know that even without trying, I have taken opportunities away from other people.”

Lucas went on to recall talking to Kenny about Ryan where Kenny said that he didn’t think Disney was “ready” to have an openly gay character.

‘I came up to Kenny one day and was like, ‘Hey, so can we talk about the character for a second? Ryan’s gay, right?’” Lucas recalled. “He was like, ‘Well, I mean, it’s a touchy subject sometimes with children’s programming – I’m not sure if Disney is ready now for that kind of thing. I absolutely agree that he is and I think we have an opportunity here to showcase a real person.’”

Lucas also shared that at the time the movie was released back in 2006, gay people weren’t represented with multi-faceted characters.

“[Coming out] is something that a lot of kids go through and don’t often see portrayed on television,” Lucas said. “At that time it was either [the gay characters were] extremely flamboyant or very closeted and kind of shut off.”

“We need to start educating everyone at the youngest age possible and that’s why it will fall into the hands of Disney who create so much great programming for the developing minds of our future country,” Lucas added. “We in the film industry have a duty to educate as well as entertain.”

'High School Musical' Director Confirms Character Ryan Evans Is Gay

High School Musical director Kenny Ortega confirmed that Ryan Evans, the character played by Lucas Grabeel, is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

In an interview with Variety, Kenny was asked, “Do you think there’s a queer aesthetic that runs through all your movies?”

Kenny said, “Yeah, for sure. I do, because that’s who I am. I put a lot of who I am into my work. I mean, really all the way back from the earliest work that I’ve done, even as a choreographer in film and television. And I think, yeah, that it’s just there, and whether it’s screaming at you, or whether it’s just sort of quietly there, it’s there.”

He added, “The character of Ryan [played by Lucas] in High School Musical, Sharpay’s twin brother, we decided he’d probably going to come out in college. It was less about coming out and just more about letting his true colors come forward.”

Variety then asked, “Would it have been possible when you made “High School Musical” to have had Ryan be openly gay?”

“I have to be honest with you. I didn’t think at the time — and Disney is the most progressive group of people I’ve ever worked with,” he said. “I was concerned because it was family and kids, that Disney might not be ready to cross that line and move into that territory yet. So, I just took it upon myself to make choices that I felt that those who were watching would grab. They would see it, they would feel it, they would know it and they would identify with it. And that is what happened.”

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Vanessa Hudgens Sings 'Breaking Free' Duet with Broadway's Max Clayton While in Quarantine! (Video)

Vanessa Hudgens is giving fans the High School Musical content they want!

The 31-year-old actress teamed up with her friend, Broadway actor Max Clayton, for a duet performance of “Breaking Free” while in quarantine.

The two actors met while starring in the Broadway musical Gigi together and Max explained in the video that he actually played Troy Bolton in his high school’s production High School Musical back in the day!

“Hey guys! So a few days ago I posted a video of me singing ‘Breaking Free,’ and my friend Max Clayton decided he wanted to participate. So we did a duet! Hope you like it!” Vanessa wrote on YouTube.

Vanessa and Max also performed the song “Gotta Go My Own Way” a couple weeks ago.

Vanessa Hudgens Sings 'High School Musical' Song 'Gotta Go My Own Way' With Max Clayton in Quarantine - Watch! (Video)

Vanessa Hudgens is bringing on the nostalgia in a major way.

The 31-year-old High School Musical alum sung “Gotta Go My Own Way” virtually alongside Max Clayton, her Gigi co-star on Broadway, on social media on Saturday (April 18).

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“Soooo @maxmclayton made his side so we could duet together. This ones for you Hsm fans. I’m on an Hsm kick. Loool,” she captioned the video – and she sounds fantastic!

The song is originally from 2007′s High School Musical 2, and is sung between Gabriella (Hudgens) and Troy (Zac Efron).

She recently collaborated with a High School Musical co-star for this memorable moment!

Watch Vanessa Hudgens and Max Clayton perform the classic…

Zac Efron Didn't Sing with the 'High School Musical' Cast, But He Joined Them for a TV Reunion!

The cast of High School Musical reunited for a fun performance of “We’re All in This Together” during the Disney Family Singalong special and Zac Efron was even involved!

Zac is supposedly quarantined in the “middle of nowhere” with poor WiFi, but he sent in a grainy video that served as an introduction to the performance.

Director Kenny Ortega brought together Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman, and Corbin Bleu, as well as the casts of other Disney Channel movies and productions, for a great performance.

“Hi everyone, I hope that you’re safe and that you’re healthy and that you’re doing as well as possible during these unprecedented times. It’s my greatest pleasure to introduce a musical performance by some of my oldest friends, and some new ones. I hope that you enjoy, and remember, we’re all in this together,” Zac said. He unfortunately didn’t sing with the cast, but you can watch the performance below!

Derek Hough Joins Disney+'s 'High School Musical' Series for Season 2!

Derek Hough will be starring in the second season of the hit Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series!

The 34-year-old entertainer will have a recurring role on season two as the ex-boyfriend of Kate Reinders‘ character Miss Jenn. He is playing “Zack, a charming but sneaky actor who returns to Salt Lake to teach drama at East High’s biggest rival, North High,” according to Deadline.

Season two of the High School Musical spinoff series will follow the kids at East High while they put on a production of the musical Beauty and the Beast.

Derek, who is primarily known to fans as a dancer on Dancing With the Stars and World of Dance, has acted in NBC’s Hairspray Live and the ABC series Nashville.

'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Announces Season Two Musical!

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will be taking on Beauty and the Beast as their next musical!

It was just announced that the cast of the Disney+ series is back in Salt Lake City, Utah, to begin work on the upcoming second season, where they will put on a production of the classic Disney fairy tale.

“The opportunity to ‘borrow’ one of the most classic Disney scores – and build our second season of HSMTMTS around it – is like having your wish upon a star granted,” Gary Marsh, President and CEO of Disney Channels Worldwide, said.

“The outpouring of love and support for season one has been incredibly exciting, and I’m thrilled that the Wildcats are putting on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in season two,” HSMTMTS creator Tim Federle added in a statement.

“It was one of the first Broadway shows I ever saw, when I was 14, and it’s got all the perfect metaphors for the high school experience: Do people judge me for how I look? What is true love? Will I achieve the future I dream of? And, perhaps most importantly, it’s got dancing forks,” he continued.