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'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.”

Find out who took part in the High School Musical reunion recently!

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!

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Original 'High School Musical' Cast Are Reuniting For Disney Family Singalong - Including Zac Efron!

The cast of High School Musical is getting back together again for the upcoming Disney Family Singalong.

Kenny Ortega opened up to Deadline about the Wildcat reunion which will include Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel and Zac Efron, who will appear in a video message during the special.

“I wanted to find something I can do to participate and it was so great to be given the call and invited by ABC to join,” Kenny shared. “It gave me a purpose to get up every morning. I feel really good that we have an opportunity to do something like this — it’s good medicine.”

He added about Zac‘s participation: “We couldn’t reach Zac until late but when we did, he immediately jumped in, of course. Everyone we reached out to was quick — and you’ll see it in their spirit and the way they come together from their homes. They recognize this is an opportunity to strengthen spirits for those joining us for the broadcast.”

The Wildcats are expected to be performing their signature song, “We’re All In this Together” on the program.

The Disney Family Singalong is slated to air on Thursday, April 16 at 8/7c on ABC.

If you missed it, Vanessa, Ashley, Monique, Lucas and Corbin just reunited on Zoom over the weekend!

Original 'High School Musical' Stars Reunite for Video Call!

The High School Musical OGs got together for a group video chat!

Cast members Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale, director Kenny Ortega, and more all had a virtual reunion from their own homes while practicing social distancing amid the current coronavirus pandemic.

“Guess who’s back…” Vanessa captioned the screenshot below on Instagram, while Monique added along with the same shot, “Together….together…..🎹😉.”

Noticeably missing was their co-star Zac Efron.

Check it out below!

ICYMI, the cast of Victorious also just had a virtual reunion for the show’s 10th anniversary.

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'Disney Family Singalong' Special Will Feature Stars Performing Beloved Songs from Home!

So many celebrities are set to appear in the upcoming ABC concert special, The Disney Family Singalong!

The special will feature celebs with their families as they take on their favorite Disney tunes from their homes. The one-hour special will air on Thursday (April 16) at 8pm ET.

Christina Aguilera, John Stamos, Josh Gad, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Buble, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Kenny Ortega, Jordan Fisher, Donny Osmond, Auliʻi Cravalho, Luke Evans, Bobby Bones, Erin Andrews, Carrie Ann Inaba, Amber Riley, and more stars are set to appear in the special. Ryan Seacrest will be hosting.

“If there’s something that we’ve all learned in the past few weeks, it’s to cherish every moment and the importance of connection, whether through laughter, stories or music,” says ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke. “We hope that we can help create some new unforgettable moments in everyone’s home in a way that only the magic of Disney can.”

Station 19 will be moving to the 9pm time slot on Thursday nights for the remainder of its season, filling the space vacated by Grey’s Anatomy. That show ended its season last night, four weeks earlier than planned.

Dove Cameron & Kenny Ortega Reflect on Losing Cameron Boyce In GMA Interview

The cast of Descendants 3 are still mourning the loss of Cameron Boyce and it was evident in their interview with Good Morning America.

Dove Cameron, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson and Kenny Ortega opened up about the light that Cameron, who passed away last month, brought to their own lives.

“If you could bottle up happiness, that was Cam,” Sofia shared. “He was pure happiness and pure joy, and I feel like none of us will ever be able to express exactly the kind of heart that Cameron was.”

Kenny adds of hearing of Cameron‘s passing: “This was as tough as it gets. I didn’t realize that I had as deep a place for pain to come from, that the shock and awe of this unfathomable idea of losing this beautiful soul, with such promise to this world, could possibly be real.”

Dove also spoke of keeping Cameron‘s memory and legacy alive through their fans.

“I think that as absolutely heartbreaking as this one is, it is a personal loss for so many young people who watch Disney,” Dove shared. “I truly think the best thing we can do for them is to remember Cameron exactly as he was in — in the most positive light — but not to avoid it.”

Descendants 3 premieres TOMORROW, August 2nd on Disney Channel.

Check out sneak peeks from Descendants 3 on JustJaredJR.com

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Kenny Ortega is Joined by Dove Cameron & Cameron Boyce's Family at Walk of Fame Ceremony

Kenny Ortega is being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

The 69-year-old director and choreographer was joined by Hocus Pocus actress Kathy Namjimy, Dirty Dancing‘s Jennifer Grey, Descendants stars Dove Cameron, Mitchell Hope, Booboo Stewart, Zachary Gibson, along with High School Musical star Monique Coleman during the ceremony on Wednesday afternoon (July 24) in Hollywood, Calif.

Cameron Boyce‘s father, Victor and sister Maya, were also in attendance at the event. During the ceremony, Kenny took a moment to remember the late actor.

“Sitting here today with us is my buddy — Cameron Boyce’s dad, Victor — and his sister, Maya. Cameron Boyce was so excited for me and wanted to be here…” Kenny shared in his speech at the ceremony. “His all too brief appearance in this life inspired me beyond words [as well as] many of us here and generations of kids and families all over this world. His extraordinary talent and loving heart will be remembered through his foundation.”

Kenny added, “Cameron said, ‘We can’t take it with us, so it’s about what you leave,’ and with this, I promise Cameron that I will carry this goodness with me in all the days of my life.”

FYI: Dove Cameron is wearing a Giambattista Valli dress.

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