High School Musical Girl
"To be in a movie with musical numbers is the coolest thing ever!" Ashley Tisdale
Rising star Ashley Tisdale, a New Jersey native who once sang for President Clinton, is very popular among Disney Channel audiences as Maddie (2005-Present), the candy counter girl at the Tipton Hotel on the sitcom “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” and as Sharpay, the antagonist in the runaway success movie High School Musical (2006). Ashley, who became the first female artist to ever debut with two songs (“Bop to the Top” and “We’re All in This Together”) on Billboard's Hot 100 when the soundtrack from High School Musical was released in 2006, released her debut album, Headstrong, in February 2007. It spawned the singles "Be Good To Me" and "Not Like That.”
The 5' 3'' brown-eyed blonde (she has naturally dark brown hair), was a Ford Model along with Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton. She was recently named one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25.” About Lohan, she once said, "I don't believe Lindsay Lohan is who the press makes her out to be, or that she's out every single night drinking and partying."
Childhood and Family:
"I love Christmas, not just because of the presents, but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season." Ashley Tisdale
In Monmouth County, West Deal, New Jersey, Ashley Michelle Tisdale was born on July 2, 1985, to Mike and Lisa Tisdale. She is the younger sister of actress Jennifer Tisdale and cousin of inventor and famed TV infomercial personality Ron Popeil. Her grandfather is Arnold Morris, the developer of Ginsu Knives.
Ashley, nicknamed “Blondie,” “Maddie,” or “Ash,” has a dog named Blondie. About her favorite subject in high school, she revealed, “My favorite subject was English or creative writing. We did poems and making a magazine and I did one on celebrities. I called it Celebrity Life Magazine. I interviewed my good friend Kaley Cuoco.”
The Suite Life
"My agent didn't want me on Disney because I'm older. But honestly, I'm not ready for older roles yet, or even the things older girls do. I am still young." Ashley Tisdale
Spotted by a talent agent at age three while shopping at a mall with her mother, Ashley Tisdale spent her childhood working for a number of national network commercials. She got her start at the local Jewish Community Centre of Monmouth County, appearing in productions of “Gypsy” and “Sound of Music.” At age eight, she starred as Little Cosette in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and then toured internationally with the cast of “Annie.” She also sang at The White House for President Bill Clinton at age 12.
"I did Broadway when I was 8. That's actually how I started, so it wasn't really hard to do High School Musical. I'd like to stick to TV, movies and music for now." Ashley Tisdale
When she was in the eighth grade, Ashley and her family moved to California where she landed more acting jobs. She got her first credited role with voice work as Yuko, Shizuku's best friend who has a crush on Sugimura, in the English-language version of the Japanese animated feature, “Whisper of The Heart” (a.k.a. Mimi wo sumaseba; 1995) and followed it up with appearances on WB’s family drama “7th Heaven” and Fox’s “Boston Public.” She was also seen as a dorky girl in writer-director Richard Kelly's cult psychological thriller Donnie Darko (2001; starring Jake Gyllenhaal).
The next years saw Ashley with back-to-back appearances on such sitcoms as UPN’s “The Hughleys,” ABC’s “George Lopez” and CBS’ “Still Standing.” She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of Fox’s critically-acclaimed sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” and the WB’s supernatural drama “Charmed.”
In 2005, Ashley scored her first big break when she won the regular lead role of Madeline "Maddie" Margaret Genevieve Miranda Catherine Fitzpatrick (2005-Present), the hard-working, outspoken and intelligent candy counter girl on Disney Channel's children's sitcom "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," with twin actors Cole and Dylan Sprouse in the title role and Brenda Song as their mother. The show is so popular that it has spawned two video games: one for the Nintendo DS and one for the Game Boy Advance.
"I love working on The Suite Life! It's like my home. The twins (Cole & Dylan Sprouse) are like my brothers and Brenda (Song) is like my sister. It's so much fun. Our schedule is amazingly awesome. We shoot on Monday and do live audience on Tuesday, so we get to shop and hang out." Ashley Tisdale
Meanwhile, in 2006, Ashley and fellow budding teen stars Zac Efron, Corbin Bleu, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Lucas Grabeel and Monique Coleman, were cast in Disney Channel’s made-for-television musical film, High School Musical. She played the antagonist Sharpay Evans, Ryan's (played by Grabeel) arrogant sister who always wants her way. The television film was one of the most successful Disney Channel Original Movies produced. The soundtrack, which featured Ashley performing several tracks, also became the most commercially-successful album of the year, receiving three-time platinum status from the RIAA.
"The only way I can say I'm like Sharpay is I love to perform. I started off on Broadway in Les Miserables, so I have that whole performing thing down. But (I don't have) Sharpay's personality. She's really mean. It's fun to play the mean part though, sometimes." Ashley Tisdale
The surprising success of both the film and the soundtrack led to the release of Ashley’s two singles, “Bop to the Top” and “We’re All in This Together.” The two songs debuted on the “Billboard” Hot 100 chart simultaneously. Meanwhile, she also contributed a version of “Someday My Prince Will Come” to the Disneymania 4 CD.
February 6, 2007, saw the release of Ashley’s debut album, Headstrong. Released under Warner Bros. Records, the album debuted at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with about 64,000 copies sold. It spawned the singles: "Be Good To Me," which was released on Christmas 2006, and "Not Like That," which will be released sometime in 2007.
As for acting, while busy filming "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," Ashley gave a two-episode appearance on Disney Channel's animated children series "Kim Possible." She is also scheduled to return as Sharpay in the upcoming sequel of High School Musical titled High School Musical 2: Sing It All or Nothing!
"I always had a normal life. I worked at the Wet Seal in the mall and went out to regular school. My dad wanted me to know how long it took to get money and not get anything for granted." Ashley Tisdale