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High School Musical 3 Update: Zac, Vanessa, Ashley, Corbin, Lucas, Monique – 3 Videos

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is scheduled to hit the big screen in October, and filming is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. But some of us just cannot wait that long.

So we thought we would share a few tidbits about how filming is going, starting with a video about HSM3 behind the scenes.

At the MTV Movie Awards People magazine interviewed Zac Efron, who plays Troy Bolton in HSM3 and who also won an MTV movie award for best breakthrough performance for his role as the heartthrob, Link Larkin, in the movie, Hairspray.

Zac said it is smooth sailing on the HSM3 set. “When I got there everyone was calm, collected. They were working really hard,” Efron said.

“It felt like the first two movies all over again. We just kind of can’t go wrong with Kenny Ortega as our director and leader and our great cast and crew. We’ve got no squabbles to get through.”

People asked Zac about the difference between making movies for the Disney Channel and for what will most likely be a blockbuster hit in movie theaters.

“Everything’s been stepped up a few notches, all the dances, and I think the songs are pretty catchy this time around,” said Zac.

“And it’s our senior year, so we’ve got graduation and prom to look forward to. All fun things to have in a movie.”

As for the fairy tale romance between Zac and his co-star in HSM3, Vanessa Hudgens, who plays the brainy Gabriella Montez, it is still going strong. Zac and Vanessa were seen together at a Utah Jazz basketball game during a break from filming HSM3.

They certainly look cozy in the photo.

Vanessa is hitting the big time in stride, having been named as one of People Magazine’s 100 most beautiful people of 2008. She showed up for the People photo shoot sans makeup.

Said Vanessa, “just recently I’ve learned to be okay with myself without wearing makeup…I started taking care of my skin and realized I didn’t need as much as I thought I did.”

Vanessa has also released her new album, Identified. Vanessa revealed, “This time I did what I wanted to do. I always had a knack for a more soulful, jazzy sound, so right off the bat I wanted to kind of let loose, and come up with a sound no one has heard from me before.”

HSM3 director is Kenny Ortega, who also directed both of the previous HSMs.

Ortega gives credit for his skills to his mentor, Gene Kelly. Said Ortega, “one great thing I learned from Gene Kelly was how to design choreography for the camera versus designing choreography for the stage. Gene used to say there should be a raison d’etre—a reason for being. What’s at the center of everything?”

Our second video is an interview by Access Hollywood with Vanessa Hudgens on the set of HMS3:

Disney has announced that there will be a High School Musical 4. Disney Channel Worldwide President Rich Ross told MTV, “We are writing High School Musical 4.”

Ross said that Disney may not convince the complete original cast to return for a fourth go at HSM. “Are we going to have all the cast back? Probably not. Will we have some of them? I hope so.”

Video #3 is an interview by Access Hollywood with Ashley Tisdale, who plays Sharpay, on the set of HMS3:

Zac Efron told The Rolling Stone in the summer of 2007 that he was not interested in any more HSM after the coming third installment. He prefered to move on to something new.

“If I had to hear the High School Musical songs anymore,” he confessed, “I probably would have jumped off something very tall.”

Although HSM may have countless sequels, Zac said he’d “hopefully not” do many more.

Currently, it appears that very few of the cast intend to return to East High for HSM4. “This is probably going to be the last one for a lot of the cast,” Zac told MTV. “It’s graduation, a lot of us have to move on.”

Zac Efron Talks Hollywood and High School Musical 3 – video interview
“You Are the Music in Me” – HSM2 – Video
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron’s Fairy Tale Love Story – Hawaii Beach Photos
Vanessa Hudgens Talks Showbiz and High School Musical 3 + “Bop to the Top” – Video
Vanessa Hudgens New Album More “Soulful” – Plus “Say Okay” – Video
Vanessa Hudgens “Come Back to Me” – Video
Vanessa Hudgens – the Hollywood Un-Scandal

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