Corbin Bleu and Sarah Hyland Reveal They Met During ‘High School Musical 3’


Corbin Bleu and Sarah Hyland go approach again!

While chatting with PEOPLE on the 2024 Drama Desk Awards on Monday, June 10, the theater performers revealed that they met on the set of High School Musical 3: Senior Year greater than 16 years in the past.

Hyland, 33, says on the time she was a teen who headed to the set to go to a good friend who was within the forged. “That’s how I spent my senior 12 months spring break,” Hyland laughs. “I wasn’t like, you know, like trying to like go to Florida and get wild or anything like that.”

“That would be my spring break, too,” Bleu, 35, reassures her.

“But like, my theater kid [thing] is just to be with other theater kids in Salt Lake City and like just sing songs. We would literally just sing songs for each other,” the Modern Family alum provides, noting how everybody sang their audition songs for the film to at least one one other.

Sarah Hyland in “Little Shop of Horrors”.

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“Again, it was a ton of teenagers in the same hotel and running through the hallways” Bleu says.

“Literally run through the hallways,” Hyland rapidly provides. “We profusely apologized to the people who were staying there on their own time that were not a part of High School Musical 3.

The two performers have had main roles within the off-Broadway manufacturing of the Little Shop of Horrors revival. On May 26, Bleu departed from the manufacturing and handed the function of Seymour Krelborn to Andrew Barth Feldman.

Meanwhile, Hyland took over the function of Seymour Krelborn’s love curiosity, Audrey, alongside Feldman, 22. She assumed the function after Jinkx Monsoon departed with Bleu.

High School Musical 3 forged: Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, director Kenny Ortega, Zac Efron, second row: Corbin Bleu (curly hair), Monique Coleman (proper), again row: Olesya Rulin, Chris Warren Jr., Ryne Sanborn in 2009.

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Both Hyland and Bleu spoke of the present’s private significance with PEOPLE on Monday.

“I have been a fan of the musical since I was a child. I mean, it definitely shaped a lot of my love for music theater,” Bleu shares. “Of course, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman are just pure geniuses.”

“The earworms in the show, it’s such an economical show. It doesn’t have any lulls or any dull moments,” he continues, including, “To me, it’s just a brilliant mixing of the comedy and sheer horror that we love to watch.”

Corbin Bleu in ‘In The Heights’ on Broadway in 2010.
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Hyland provides that she too has “loved this show since [she] was a kid as well.” But she confesses to PEOPLE that her love for the Ashman Menken duo started with The Little Mermaid

“My mom immediately recognized that in me and was like, ‘Okay, well, now we’re going to move on to the Little Shop, I don’t care how old you are,’ ” admits the actress. “I just immediately fell in love with it — and I was lucky enough to see the Broadway revival in 2003 as well and fell even more in love.”

“It’s been a dream function of mine since I used to be a bit woman, and to come back in any case of those wonderful performers of individuals and thespians of all several types of Audreys and Seymours. It’s an incredible wonderful factor to be part of usually — not to mention my dream function,” she concludes.


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