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'High School Musical' Star Larry Saperstein Comes Out as Bisexual

Larry Saperstein is coming out.

The 23-year-old High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star, who plays Big Red in the show, opened up about his sexuality just as Pride Month kicked off in a TikTok video.

In the video, which was set to “International Super Spy” from The Backyardigans, the actor appeared alongside a text caption that reads: “Plays a character with a girlfriend on TV,” which then changed to: “is bi irl.”

“Is it really that unexpected tho #pride,” he captioned the post.

“T minus 30 days to figure out how to do drag so I can turn out a look before the end of the month,” he also tweeted.

If you didn’t know, Larry‘s character develops a romantic relationship with a girl named Ashlyn Caswell (Julia Lester).

A fellow co-star also addressed rumors about his sexuality.

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An Iconic Song & Dance From 'High School Musical 2' Was Recreated on 'HSM: The Series'!

Major High School Musical fans got a big treat in the season two premiere of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney+.

In the premiere, Joshua Bassett got to recreate the iconic “Bet On It” from High School Musical 2, as his character, Ricky, prepares for auditions for the next school musical.

Originally performed by Zac Efron in the second film of the franchise, Joshua opened up in a new interview and spoke about exactly how he prepared to take on the much meme-d musical number.

Click inside to see what Joshua Bassett shared about re-creating “Bet On It”…More Here! »

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Olivia Rodrigo & Joshua Bassett's New Duet Was Just Released!

A new duet from Disney stars Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett was just released!

You might remember that when Olivia dropped her song “Driver’s License” earlier this year that everyone was speculating she wrote the song about Joshua and his girlfriend Sabrina Carpenter.

Some people might be surprised to see that Olivia and Joshua are collaborating now, but what they might not realize is that the two young stars are still working together on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Season two of the Disney+ series is premiering on May 14 and “Even When/The Best Part” is a new duet that they recorded for the show!

Want to know how it fits into the storyline? We have all the details you need to know on JustJaredJR.com

You can listen to the new song below and download it now on iTunes!

Click inside to read the lyrics for the new song… More Here! »

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Monique Coleman Explains Why Her 'High School Musical' Character Always Wore Headbands

Monique Coleman is opening up about her experience filming High School Musical and why her character Taylor McKessie always wore headbands.

The now-40-year-old actress opened up to Insider this week and revealed that the film’s crew didn’t know how to style her hair.

“We’ve grown a lot in this industry, and we’ve grown a lot in representation, and we’ve grown a lot in terms of understanding the needs of an African American actress,” Monique said. “But the truth is, is that they had done my hair and they had done it very poorly in the front. And we had to start filming before I had a chance to fix it.”

Monique said that there wasn’t time to properly do her hair, so she suggest they “incorporate headbands into her character” and “just make that a part of who she is.”

Click inside to find out what else she said about the experience… More Here! »

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Disney+ Shares Trailer for 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special' - Watch Now!

Disney+ is getting us excited for the holidays!

The streaming service just released the trailer for the upcoming High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special, which will be premiering on December 11th.

In the trailer, we get a little look at the cast of the series performing holiday classics, and sharing some of their favorite childhood holiday memories.

Joshua Bassett also shares a preview of the new original song “The Perfect Gift” from season two, which he wrote and performs.

Along with the trailer, Disney+ released the track listing for the special’s soundtrack, which will be released on Friday, November 20th.

If you missed them, be sure to check out ALL of the first look photos that were released, which include a shirtless photo of Joshua and Matt Cornett.

Make sure to catch High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special when it hits Disney+ on Friday, December 11th!

Check out the track listing inside…More Here! »

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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