Information about the stars of High School and how they got their acting job and become the stars everyone loves
Zachary David Alexander Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He began acting in the early 2000s, and became known to young audiences after his roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray.
Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. His father, David Efron, is an engineer at a power plant, and his mother, Starla Baskett, is a former secretary who worked at the same power plant as Efron's father. Although of Jewish ancestry, Efron was raised agnostic and has never been religious. Efron had a self-described "normal childhood" in a middle class family, and has a younger brother, Dylan. He has said that he would "flip out" if he got a 'B' and not an 'A' in school, and that he was a "class clown." Efron's father encouraged him to begin acting when Efron was eleven. He subsequently appeared in theatre productions at his high school, worked in a theatre called the Melodrama, and began taking singing lessons. Efron performed in plays such as Gypsy, Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man and Mame, appearing at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Efron was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik
In 2002, Efron began to appear in guest roles on several television series, including Firefly, ER, and The Guardian. He portrayed Cameron Bale on the now-cancelled WB series Summerland. Originally introduced as a recurring character, Efron became a regular cast member on the show in the second season in 2004, starring opposite the likes of Kay Panabaker and Lori Loughlin. Since appearing in Summerland, he has also had guest roles on the shows CSI: Miami, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Replacements. In 2003, Efron starred in the Lifetime original television movie Miracle Run. He played Steven Morgan, one of two autistic twins. For his performance, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special - Supporting Young Actor. In 2005, he played a main character in Hope Partlow's music video for her song "Sick Inside." Also in 2005, he played horse-loving Patrick McCardle in The Derby Stallion, where his character wants to beat the town bully at the steeple chase race.
High School Musical
In 2006, Efron starred in the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical as Troy Bolton. The film, which he initially made with "low expectations", helped Efron gain recognition among teenage audiences as both an actor and a singer. As a result, he placed as high as #4 on the IMDBPro's STARMeter for the week of January 29, 2006.
In August 2006, Efron won a Teen Choice Award in the Breakout Star and the TV - Choice Chemistry categories, shared with Vanessa Anne Hudgens. The film's cast, along with Efron, toured Sydney, Australia, London, England, and other locations to promote the film.
Shortly after High School Musical aired, Efron debuted with two simultaneous charted songs on Billboard Hot 100 on February 4, 2006, with "Get'cha Head in the Game" and "Breaking Free," a duet with Vanessa Anne Hudgens from the film. On the following week's chart, Efron had five simultaneous song credits from High School Musical: "Get'cha Head in the Game," "Start of Something New," "What I've Been Looking For: Reprise," "We're All in This Together" and "Breaking Free." "We're All in This Together" was credited to the whole High School Musical cast. "Breaking Free," at the time, made the fastest climb in the history of the Billboard charts, from #86 to #4 between the two weeks.
Efron's singing talents were disputed when it was revealed that Andrew Seeley's voice was blended with his on the soundtrack of High School Musical. An August 23, 2007 interview in Rolling Stone magazine revealed that he had been cast in High School Musical after the songs were written, and the songs (written for a tenor) were somewhat out of his baritone vocal range. Efron's subsequent singing performances in Hairspray and High School Musical 2 were genuine, though arguably not as polished as those of Seeley's. Efron stated in interviews that he feels his future is that of a serious dramatic actor, not necessarily a singer.
On April 7, 2007, Efron appeared in an episode of Punk'd. Efron also starred in the music video for Vanessa Hudgens's single "Say OK", where he played her love interest. The video aired on March 16, 2007 on Disney Channel. That year, he was named one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in 2007. A picture and short profile of him was in the section "Coming of Age". In it, he related how he was always the shortest kid in school (he is now 5'8") and was teased for the "huge gap" in his teeth.
In 2006, Efron was cast as Link Larkin in a film version of Hairspray released on July 20, 2007. Efron performed all of his own vocals in the role, which was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, from September 5 to December 2, 2006. He cut and dyed his hair dark brown and gained about 15 pounds for the role. Both Efron's performance and the film have received positive reviews.
Efron's upcoming roles include Seventeen, a high school-set drama/comedy produced by Adam Shankman and based on a pitch by Jason Filardi; the plot involves an adult who is transformed into a 17-year old (to be played by Efron). Efron is also scheduled to star in Paramount's musical remake of the film Footloose; he has said that he would like to add his "own little bit of flair" to the role originated by Kevin Bacon.
For his portrayal of Link Larkin in Hairspray, Efron (along with his co-star Nikki Blonsky) won the "One to Watch" award of the Young Hollywood Awards.
Efron appeared on the cover of the August 2007 edition of Rolling Stone. The article about him revealed that he hopes to someday play an action hero.
Efron has finalized negotiations with the producers of Seventeen, a film slated to commence shooting in December 2007.
Lycos reported searches for Efron surged by 81%. Amid the frenzy surrounding Zac Efron, the release of High School Musical 2 set a new record, becoming the most watched basic cable program in U.S. history, with 17.2 million viewers.
Efron is represented by the Creative Artists Agency.
Efron has two dogs, Australian shepherds named Dreamer and Puppy, along with a Siamese cat named Simon.
Zac is currently involved in a relationship with his High School Musical, High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3 co-star Vanessa Anne Hudgens
Vanessa Anne Hudgens (born December 14, 1988), also known simply as Vanessa Hudgens, is an American actress and singer. She made her screen debut in 2003 and appeared in the Hollywood films Thirteen and Thunderbirds, before reaching fame in the 2006 hit Disney Channel film High School Musical. Hudgens also began a music career and released her debut album, entitled V, in 2006. In 2007, Hudgens became the spokesperson for Neutrogena.
Hudgens was born in Salinas, California, the daughter of Gina and Greg Hudgens. She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress. Hudgens's father is an American of Irish and Native American descent, and her mother, who grew up in Manila, is a Filipino-born of Filipino, Spanish and Chinese ancestry. Hudgens has been home-schooled since after her seventh-grade year at the Orange County High School of the Arts. Starting at the age of eight, Hudgens performed in musical theatre as a singer, and appeared in local productions of Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, and Cinderella, among others. Hudgens successfully auditioned for a commercial and subsequently moved to Los Angeles with her family, with whom she is still close.
Film and television
Hudgens began performing at an early age, appearing in musicals starting at age eight, by taking over a friend who couldn't go to the audition, and moved to Los Angeles after winning an audition for a commercial. She scored roles on shows such as Quintuplets, Cover Me, and Still Standing, then made her feature debut in Thirteen as Noel and appeared in the 2004 film Thunderbirds as Tintin. In both her first two films Hudgens appeared alongside Brady Corbet.
Her television appearances include guest roles on Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers Garcia and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, as Corrie, a classmate of Maddie and London. Hudgens also appeared on Drake & Josh, playing Drake's girlfriend, Rebecca. Hudgens' largest role among teenage audiences has been starring in the Disney Channel movie High School Musical, which premiered in January 2006; BBC News said that the film's success turned Hudgens into a "household name" in North America. Hudgens and Efron had won "Best Chemistry" award at the Teen Choice Awards for their roles.
As a result of the film's popularity, Hudgens was offered a contract by Old Navy to appear in multiple commercials for the company. Hudgens had previously appeared in a swimwear commercial for the company in 2005. She also appeared in a Blockbuster commercial for no late fees, as the teenage daughter. Also, Hudgens is set to be the new face of Neutrogena in 2007, appearing in both film and print ads. Hudgens is also an endorser of the Ecko line. Hudgens participated in the Disney Channel Games 2006, which was filmed in April 2006 and aired two months later.
Hudgens finished filming High School Musical 2 on April 13, 2007, in St. George and Salt Lake City, Utah. In both films, Hudgens stars as shy, intelligent Gabriella Montez. The film premiered on the Disney Channel on August 17, 2007. The first High School Musical spawned a hit soundtrack, a worldwide concert tour, a show at Walt Disney World, and even a book series that helped Hudgens land in Forbes magazine's list of top-earning stars under 21." In the list, the 18-year-old Hudgens was No. 7 with estimated earnings of $2 million.
On January 11, 2008, The Hollywood Reporter announced that that Hudgens will star in the comedy, Will. Hudgens will play 15-year old Sam. The story is about an outcast, Sam, and a popular girl who develop mutual bond through their love of music. The duo gather up their friends to form a rock group to compete in the school's battle of the bands. Shooting is stated to start in February in Austin, Texas. Hudgens will still be in the third instalment of High School Musical, even while filming Will.
Hudgens' debut album, entitled V, was released in early September 2006. She is signed with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned record label. A music video for her first single, "Come Back To Me", debuted after the world premiere of The Cheetah Girls 2 in late August. The official music video for her second single, Say OK, was first shown following the premiere of Disney's Jump In! "Let Go" and "Let's Dance" have both been used in commercials for ABC, "Let Go" for a Desperate Housewives commercial, and "Let's Dance" for Dancing With The Stars. "Say OK" has also been used in commercials for ABC Family's Lincoln Heights.
In August 2007 at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards, Hudgens was named the Choice Breakout Singer.
Second album (2008-Present)
Hudgens has been seen stepping into the recording studio for work on her upcoming album which is expected to have a late May/early June release date. So far, two title tracks have been revealed - “Whisper” which is described as a sexy new style for Vanessa, and “It Feels Right”. Also, a song titled “I Will” which has been written by Hilary Duff has also been confirmed.
The album is being currently planned for a summer release. A representative for the singer confirmed the news to E!:
"She is wrapping up in the recording studio right now". After finishing the work in the studio she'll be heading to Austin, Texas to film there the teen comedy movie "Will", then in April, the shoot for the new HSM movie will begin, and a couple of months
later she'll start the new album promotion.
Hudgens confirmed in an interview with Teen Magazine that, as of October 2007, she was dating her High School Musical co-star Zac Efron. In an interview, Vanessa's publicist stated that her music video for 'Say OK' was their official 'coming out' as a couple.
On September 6, 2007, controversy erupted after nude photos of Hudgens surfaced online. A statement from her publicist claims that the photo was taken privately and it was "unfortunate" that they were released on the Internet. Hudgens later apologized, saying that she was "embarrassed over the situation" and regretted having "taken [those] photos." Disney Channel spokeswoman Patti McTeague indicated that Disney will still be working with Hudgens, stating, "Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she's learned a valuable lesson."
Ashley Michelle Tisdale (born July 2, 1985) is an American actress and singer. After appearing in several television roles during the late 1990s and early 2000s, she became known to young audiences for playing Maddie Fitzpatrick on the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Sharpay Evans in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical. Tisdale has also pursued a music career and released her debut album Headstrong on February 6, 2007. She also participated in High School Musical: The Concert and reprised her role as Sharpay Evans in High School Musical 2.
Tisdale was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey on July 2, 1985, to Lisa and Mike Tisdale. She grew up there in Ocean Township. Her elder sister Jennifer Tisdale is also an actress, most notably starring in Bring It On: In It to Win It. Tisdale is Jewish on her mother's side and considers herself Jewish. She was discovered by Bill Perlman, her current manager, at South Shores Mall, when she was three. After booking her first audition, she went on to star in around one hundred national network commercials. At the age of eight, she got a leading role in the Broadway musical, Les Misérables and later toured internationally with the cast of Annie. She began acting, appearing in stage productions of Gypsy: A Musical Fable and The Sound of Music at the Jewish Community Centre of Monmouth County.
Tisdale underwent a rhinoplasty procedure on November 30, 2007. According to Tisdale, this was done for health-related reasons and not out of a belief in plastic surgery; her "septum was 80 percent deviated" and she had "two small fractures on [her] nose", and this was interfering with her breathing. She spoke to People magazine about the surgery, saying that it was important to her to be honest with her fans.
Film and television
During the late 1990s, Tisdale had guest appearances in several television series, which included Smart Guy, 7th Heaven, Grounded for Life, Boston Public, Strong Medicine, Charmed, and Beverly Hills, 90210. She had a minor role in the 2001 film, Donnie Darko and a guest appearance on The Amanda Show. She had recurring roles on the sitcoms The Hughleys, and Still Standing. In 2002, she starred in a notable TV commercial for Fruit Gushers, in which her head transformed into an oversized orange. She also starred in a T-Mobile commercial with Catherine Zeta-Jones and was in a Toys "R" Us commercial with Abigail Breslin.
In 2005, Tisdale was cast in the role of Maddie Fitzpatrick on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody after auditioning for the roles of Maddie Fitzpatrick and London Tipton. As the series became popular, Tisdale became a featured performer on the Disney Channel and performed a voice role in Whisper of the Heart. She was also cast in Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, which became a major success for the channel after its premiere on January 20, 2006. Tisdale also auditioned for the role of Erin Ulmer in Final Destination 3 but lost out to Canadian actress Alexz Johnson.
Tisdale was cast as Sharpay Evans in Disney Channel Original Movies, High School Musical. Tisdale had originally auditioned for the role of Gabriella Montez, but was eventually cast as Sharpay Evans, because it was felt that her alto voice suited a darker character. She reprised her role as Sharpay Evans in High School Musical 2 which premiered on August 17, 2007. She appeared in the Disney Channel Games 2006 as captain of the Green Team. Tisdale is also appearing in the second rendition of the Disney Channel Games this year. More recently, Tisdale signed a deal with Staples, Inc. to appear in the promotional campaign for the company's "Geared 4 School" sweepstakes in the fall. Tisdale will also have a supporting role in the Disney Channel cartoon Phineas and Ferb and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation's Tuttles Family Game.
Tisdale appeared in the second episode of Season 8 of MTV's Punk'd in which, she visits a children's hospital and sings "Kiss the Girl" to a little boy in a coma. Midway through the song, the boy wakes up. As she was singing, the lyrics were censored out, as MTV did not own the rights to the song. She also appeared in an episode where she helped Ashton Kutcher to punk her good friend and High School Musical co-star Zac Efron.
Tisdale told JustJared.com during an interview at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards that she will be filming a movie in August. On July 18, 2007, MTV News confirmed in an article interview with Ashley Tisdale, that the movie is titled Picture this.This father-daughter movie features Tisdale as Mandy, an unpopular girl working at Petco. She's going to work with Robbie Amell. Ashley states she will probably return to her natural brunette hair color for this movie. On January 10, 2008, The Hollywood Reporter reported that she will star in 20th Century Fox's new adventure comedy, They Came From Upstairs along with Robert Hoffman and Carter Jenkins.
Tisdale's role in High School Musical required her to perform several songs, which included songs such as "What I've Been Looking For", "Bop to the Top", and "We're All in This Together". All three managed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, Tisdale made music history by being the first female artist ever to debut with two songs simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 with "What I've Been Looking For" and "Bop to the Top". She has also recorded cover versions of "Some Day My Prince Will Come" and "Kiss The Girl" (including a music video) for Disney. In addition to these, she recorded a version of "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" with other members of the Disney Channel Circle of Stars.
Tisdale's first solo album, Headstrong, was released on February 6, 2007 and was distributed by Warner Bros. Records. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 album charts, selling 64,000 copies. Though her first single was "He Said She Said", written by J. R. Rotem and Evan "Kidd" Bogart, it was released later, with "Be Good To Me" being released as her first single.
In January 2007, Tisdale was declared the 2nd Hottest Woman of Pop/R&B by Blender Magazine, which stated, "Tisdale has a gift. Not an angelic voice or a dazzling personality, but an even rarer commodity: millions of "pre-sold" tweens eager to buy her debut album!". In March 2007, Tisdale told Blender that she was drug and alcohol-free, and went on to add, "my mom really instilled confidence in me, so I'm not somebody who'd be under peer pressure". Recently, a Brazilian newspaper claimed that Ashley's new album Headstrong sold 23,000 copies in Brazil, while the worldwide sales for Headstrong have been over 709,500. On MTV's First Ladies', Tisdale has said she will be making her second studio album along with appearing on High School Musical 3.
On December 15, 2007, Tisdale performed in 'Z-100's Jingle Ball' alongside Timberland and Good Charlotte.
Tisdale also recorded a cover version of 'Last Christmas' (released by British pop duo Wham! in 1984) which she recently performed at the lighting of the 75th Rockefeller Christmas tree and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Tisdale shot a music video for her single, "Be Good To Me", which was from her album Headstrong . A video for the same single also featured on the High School Musical: The Concert DVD. Ashley also featured in a music video remake of, "Kiss the Girl", from The Little Mermaid, which is included on The Little Mermaid Special Edition DVD. She has also featured in the "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (originally from Disney's Cinderella) music video made for Disney Channel, along with several other Disney Channel stars. The music videos of "What I've Been Looking For" and "We're All In This Together" from High School Musical are available on Itunes. The US iTunes Store also sells the High School Musical movie and the concert version.
Tisdale filmed three music videos for "He Said She Said", "Not Like That" and "Suddenly" for her current album Headstrong on June 26, 2007. On September 19, 2007, "He Said She Said" premiered in the US on TRL.
Lucas Stephen Grabeel (born November 23, 1984) is an American actor and singer songwriter. He is perhaps best known for his role as Ryan Evans in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical and its sequel High School Musical 2 and as Ethan Dalloway in the third and fourth instalments of Halloweentown - Halloweentown High and Return to Halloweentown. After graduating from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri, Lucas Grabeel moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. Several months after the move, he landed his first Disney Channel Original Movie, Halloweentown High. His breakthrough performance was in the blockbuster made- for television Disney movie, High School Musical as Ryan Evans, in which he sang two duet songs with Ashley Tisdale - "What I've Been Looking For" and "Bop to the Top". He also sang with Drew Seeley, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale in "I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" which was not in the movie, but was an extra track on the soundtrack. Lucas is a tenor.
After graduating from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri, Lucas Grabeel moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. Several months after the move, he landed his first Disney Channel Original Movie, Halloweentown High. His breakthrough performance was in the blockbuster made- for television Disney movie, High School Musical as Ryan Evans, in which he sang two duet songs with Ashley Tisdale - "What I've Been Looking For" and "Bop to the Top". He also sang with Drew Seeley, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale in "I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" which was not in the movie, but was an extra track on the soundtrack. Lucas is a tenor.
Grabeel has made TV guest appearances on TV series such as Boston Legal, Smallville, Til Death, and Veronica Mars. He also participated in the first ever Disney Channel Games on the green team. Lucas also reprised his role as Ethan Dalloway in the fourth Halloweentown movie, "Return to Halloweentown".
On Thanksgiving Day 2006, he was featured on a High School Musical float alongside co-stars Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman singing the number "We're All in This Together", both Lucas and Corbin splitting half of Zac Efron's (Troy) lines from the song. Lucas Grabeel also sang the same song, at the 2006 Miss Teen USA pageant, singing the chorus while the contestants introduced themselves.
Lucas recently filmed the movie Alice, as the character of Lester McKinley, which is an independent film based off the "Alice" book series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. It is expected to release in selected theaters in spring 2008. He also recorded the voice of a dog in the upcoming animated film, At Jesus' Side. In January 2007, he finished touring on the High School Musical: The Concert. Lucas also recorded "You Know I Will" for The Fox and the Hound 2. On April 13, 2007, Lucas finished production on High School Musical 2, in which he returned as Ryan Evans. This premiered on the Disney Channel on August 17, 2007. He had duets with Tisdale as in the original movie, but also had a "show stopper" song with Corbin Bleu (as Chad) in "I Don't Dance." Lucas also recorded "Go The Distance" for the CD Disneymania 5. He will also be starring as Ezra in The Adventures of Food Boy and as Daniel Beawuxhomme in Once On This Island.
Lucas released a single named "You Got It" and surfaced the net. The song was also used in a scene in High School Musical 2, when Sharpay and Ryan are entering the country club. You Got It was released to iTunes in September 2007.The music video of the said song, made by Grabeel and his friends Mike and Marc, was also released October 31 to iTunes. He and Corbin Bleu are the only two High School Musical stars who haven't been on The Suite Life Of Zack and Cody. In June 2007, he appeared on the green team from the Disney Channel Games.
Corbin Bleu Reivers (born on February 21, 1989) is an American actor, model, dancer, and singer. He is best known for his roles in the film Catch That Kid, the Disney Channel original movies High School Musical, High School Musical 2 and Jump In! which he stars along with his father David Reivers, and the series Flight 29 Down.
Corbin Bleu began his career by modelling for clients such as Target, Toys R Us and Tommy Hilfiger. In 1996, his family relocated to Los Angeles and he soon gained a returning role on the TV series High Incident and a guest star appearance on ER. Bleu also had small roles in films such as Soldier, Family Tree, Mystery Men and Galaxy Quest before he gained a lead role the 2004 film, Catch That Kid. After the success of Catch That Kid, Bleu signed to star in Flight 29 Down, a drama series about a group of teens stranded on an island. He also has a small role as Spencer on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide on Nickelodeon-his first appearance being in the episode titled Guide to: The School Play.
In 2006, he had a supporting role as "Chad" (the best friend of the male lead) in the very successful High School Musical, the Emmy award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie. Bleu also guest starred in the premiere episode of Disney's Hannah Montana. Bleu's next film, Jump In! co-starring actress and R&B vocalist Keke Palmer, premiered on January 12, 2007, and has since became one of the highest rated Disney Channel Original Movies of all time. His debut album, Another Side, was released May 1, 2007.
Bleu graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He was accepted to Stanford University but declined the place due to scheduling conflicts. Corbin Bleu toured with fellow HSM cast members from late November 2006 to late January 2007 in High School Musical: The Concert performing at about 40 different cities. To promote his debut album, Bleu performed at the NextFest tour 2007.
Corbin is of Jamaican and Italian ancestry
As seen on Disney 365 (which airs on Disney Channel), Bleu is now the first Disney Channel star to have his own Disney XD account
Monique Coleman plays Taylor McKessie
Monique Coleman (born on November 13, 1980) is an American actress and singer known for being one of the co-stars of the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, in which she plays Gabriella Montez's (Vanessa Hudgens) friend Taylor McKessie. Coleman also has a recurring role on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, as Maddie's friend, Mary-Margaret. She also competed in the third edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, finishing in fourth place.
Early life and education
Monique Coleman was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina and started her acting career in theatre and television at a very young age in Columbia, South Carolina. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Her training began at the Workshop Theatre School of Dramatic Arts where she performed in over 15 plays. An acting class taught by a guest teacher actually turned out to be an audition, and resulted in her booking her first commercial. Then Coleman then began auditioning for anything she could in the Southeast region, landing several local and regional commercials as well as a few supporting roles in films. In addition to acting, Coleman was very involved in her community and school where she did everything from performing in plays to competing in forensic tournaments, volunteering with abused children, running track, and even cheerleading.
Coleman went to Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Then, she attended The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, earning her BFA in Acting in 2002.
Monique Coleman made her first lead in the independent feature entitled Mother of the River which was shot in the historic Charleston, South Carolina. The film won numerous awards at film festivals in Chicago. Two years later, Coleman appeared as Young Donna in The Family Channel Movie The Ditchdigger's Daughters for which she was nominated for a Young Artists Award of Hollywood. During her sophomore year of high school, Coleman wrote, directed, produced, and starred in her own one-person play entitled "Voices from Within" with standing room only - audience numbering in the hundreds. On stage in Chicago, Coleman starred in productions of Noises Off, Polaroid Stories, The Real Thing and The Colored Museum.
In 2005, Coleman had the honour of working opposite one of her heroes - the legendary James Earl Jones when she played Leesha in the 2005 Hallmark TV Movie The Reading Room.
She received a 2006 Camie Award for the role and represented the film at the NAACP Image Awards. In 2006, Coleman co-starred in High School Musical as Taylor McKessie, best friend of the new brainiac girl Gabriella Montez played by Vanessa Hudgens. Then, she was a recurring guest star in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody episodes, Forever Plaid, Not So Suite 16, and Neither a Borrower Nor a Speller Bee along with Vanessa Hudgens. Prior to that she guest-starred in The Suite Life season one episode A Prom Story.
Coleman has had seven other guest appearances on the television shows Boston Public, Gilmore Girls, Malcolm in the Middle, Strong Medicine, 10-8: Officers on Duty, Married to the Kellys, and Veronica Mars.
Since the debut of Disney Channel's Original Movie High School Musical in January 2006, Coleman has travelled to Sydney, Australia and London, England for promotions as well as appearing on shows such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN Showbiz Tonight and TRL.
She has been voted as one of Teen People's 25 hottest stars under 25, and has been featured in Bop, Popstar, Tigerbeat, Cosmo Girl, Word Up, Teen Vogue, The New York Times, Newsweek, and in other international publications.
In July 2007, she appeared along with Rihanna on the cover of the African-American hairstyle magazine Black Hair. On April 13, 2007, Coleman finished filming the highly anticipated High School Musical 2, which was shown on Disney Channel USA in August 2007. The movie was the highest rated basic cable broadcast of all time.
During the Teen Choice Awards 2006, Coleman and the cast of High School Musical accepted the award for Choice TV Show in the category of Comedy/Musical for which Coleman thanked her fans and encouraged them to vote for her on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
Monique Colman also appeared on Tour with High School Musical: The Concert. She showcased her new ballroom skills in Dance With Me, While she partnered National Youth Latin Champion Jared Murillo. Drew Seeley was the soloist. She is the host of Disney's 3 Minute Game Show on Disney Channel. Recently she recorded a song called Christmas Vacation for the holiday album entitled A Disney Channel Holiday
Dancing with the Stars
Coleman competed in the Fall 2006 third edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars reality dance competition. She was paired with professional partner Louis van Amstel throughout the competition. Louis Van Amstel and the judges praised her for "taking risks" during the competition. The pair appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show before they were eliminated and performed the same dance the performed in week 2's episode.
She was eliminated from Dancing With The Stars on November 1, 2006, finishing fourth in the competition. She was the last girl in the contest that year. Coleman was very gracious in defeat, and appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show on the same night as the Results Show to thank her fans for their votes and support.
Beginning in late December 2007, Monique will partake in the Dancing with the Stars tour that will take her across America along with other former competitors until early February 2008.