"I knew him for a long time and we had always had a connection. We were friends first. As we became better friends, I definitely knew it was something completely different and special. When you know, you know! It just happens. It's magical." Actress Ashley Tisdale gushes about her new husband. The former High School Musical star wed Annie Automatic singer Christopher French on Monday (08Sep14).
Actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens' Broadway dreams have been realised - she has been cast as the lead in a new production of beloved musical Gigi.
The High School Musical star will play the title role in the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe production, which will be directed by Eric Schaeffer, the man behind Follies and Million Dollar Quartet. Gigi has previously been played onstage by Audrey Hepburn, and French actress Leslie Caron portrayed the character in Vincente Minnelli's Oscar-winning 1958 film.
British playwright and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Heidi Thomas will revamp the story for the new production, which will open at the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. from 16 January to 12 February (15) before its big New York debut.
Hudgens, who played the role of Gigi in recent readings in New York, says, "I started performing in musicals from a young age, and it has always been my dream to be on Broadway. I cannot wait to get back on stage, singing and dancing these songs and living in Gigi's glamorous world." She adds, "I think it's (musical theatre) the true test. There are no second takes. You've got to bring everything you've got for the most critical of audiences. It's an honour, if anything. I'm over the moon."
Gigi was originally brought to life on the Broadway stage by Days of Our Lives actress Karin Wolfe in 1973, but that production only ran for 103 performances.
The original novel was turned into a 1951 play, starring Hepburn.
Ashley Tisdale recruited her good pal and High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens as one of her six bridesmaids when she married Christopher French on Monday (08Sep14). Tisdale announced the news via Instagram.com on Tuesday (09Sep14).
Actress/singer Ashley Tisdale is a married woman after exchanging vows with fiance Christopher French on Monday (08Sep14).
The rocker proposed to High School Musical star Tisdale atop New York's Empire State Building last summer (13) after less than a year of dating, and they sealed their relationship in a low-key ceremony this week.
Tisdale shared the news with fans via Instagram.com on Tuesday (09Sep14), when she uploaded a photo of the happy couple on its big day. In the accompanying caption, she wrote, "Best day of my life! Introducing Mr and Mrs French Sept 8, 2014".
Actresses Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale reunited with their fellow High School Musical co-stars on Friday (29Aug14) as part of a contest to support a youth charity. It was a night to remember for superfan Camilla Simon, who won a Prizeo.com raffle to spend an evening with her favourite Disney stars.
Hudgens and Tisdale were joined by Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, choreographer Chucky Klapow and director Kenny Ortega for a dinner in Los Angeles, and they all took to social media to share photos of their night together.
Tisdale shared a photo of herself along with Hudgens, Ortega, Coleman and Simon on Instagram.com, and added the caption, "Had so much fun seeing everyone and hanging with the Prizeo winner!", while Hudgens shared a similar picture and wrote, "Such a wonderful little HSM reunion (last night). @Ashleytisdale and KO (Kenny Ortega) laughing our a**es off."
Noticeably absent from the event was Hudgens' ex-boyfriend Zac Efron, who stated he couldn't attend the dinner because he is currently filming his next movie, We Are Your Friends.
Proceeds from the contest benefited Coleman's GimmeMo' Foundation, which addresses pressing issues facing youth around the world.
Actress Sarah Hyland has split from longtime boyfriend Matt Prokop.
The Modern Family star and Prokop began dating in 2009, after meeting while auditioning for High School Musical 3: Senior Year, but they have parted ways amicably, her representative confirms to Us Weekly magazine. A source tells the publication, "Sarah's doing fine. It didn't work out. She's young. They decided they would be better off as friends."
Any heartbreak Hyland has following the split was not on show at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (25Aug14), when her TV show picked up a handful of top trophies, including Best Comedy.
Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez's low-key romance is over - before either star confirmed they were dating, according to reports. The actors sparked rumours of a new relationship when they were photographed kissing while on holiday in Italy in July (14), and again when the High School Musical jetted from Los Angeles to meet Rodriguez in Ibiza, Spain, earlier this month (Aug14).
However, it seems the fling has since fizzled out, and a source tells Us Weekly that the break-up was mutual.
Prior to dating the Fast & Furious beauty, Efron dated Vanessa Hudgens for three years until 2010, while Rodriguez was recently linked to model/actress Cara Delevingne.
Blurred Lines star Emily Ratajkowski has landed her first big film role in Zac Efron's new movie. The 23 year old, who famously disrobed for Thicke's saucy 2013 video, will team up with the grown-up High School Musical star in We Are Your Friends, which centres on an aspiring DJ who falls in love with his mentor's girlfriend.
Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez and Alex Shaffer are also in negotiations to join the film, which is slated to begin production on 18 August (14) in San Fernando Valley, California, according to Deadline.com.
Max Joseph, the brains behind U.S. reality TV series Catfish, will make his directorial debut on the project.
Actor Zac Efron knew he had substance abuse issues when his hard partying left him struggling on film shoots.
The High School Musical star entered a rehab facility for treatment last year (13) to battle his drug demons, and he now realises his problems had nothing to do with his heavy workload but were caused by his social life.
Speaking to adventurer Bear Grylls on his new U.S. TV show Running Wild, Efron says, "It was getting to the point where I was caring less for the work and waiting more for the weekend, where I couldn't wait to go out and sort of let loose and have fun. But when Monday and Tuesday were difficult to get through, then I was like, 'Ah, this is bad.'"
He further explains, "The challenging part was never the work. That was never it. It was the sort of in-between work."
Running Wild With Bear Grylls features the adventurer taking an A-list celebrity into the wild each episode to survive for a weekend.
Zac Efron sparked rumours he is romancing actress Michelle Rodriguez after they were snapped kissing while on holiday in Italy over the weekend (05-06Jul14).
In the pictures, the High School Musical star hints at a new relationship with Rodriguez as he bends down to kiss her while onboard a yacht off the coast of Sardinia. The Fast & Furious star is also seen leaning into Efron as they relax with friends.
The pair was invited on the holiday by Italian businessman Gianluca Vacchi, who shared videos on Instagram.com of Efron dancing and back flipping off the yacht earlier this month (Jul14).