Ashley Tisdale produces TV in her bop to the top
BY CINDY PEARLMAN April 4, 2013 9:18PM
A demon complicates life for a mom (Ashley Tisdale) and her newborn in “Scary Movie 5.”
Updated: May 8, 2013 6:17AM
At 27, Ashley Tisdale has ditched her “High School Musical” alter ego Sharpay Evans to become the last thing Hollywood ever expected.
Tisdale is one of the suits — albeit one in high heels.
“We’re developing reality shows, scripted series and movies,” she says of her Blondie Girl Productions. “This is my other side.”
Is she a mini mogul?
“I guess so,” she says with a laugh.
“It’s cool that I can come up with ideas that I want to do and create projects for my friends to star in. I like to be part of the whole creative process,” says Tisdale, who’s producing the upcoming Disney Channel snowboarding film “Cloud 9” with Shaun White.
She also finds time to act. This Friday, she stars in “Scary Movie V,” another horror parody with appearances by Jerry O’Connell, Kate Walsh, Heather Locklear, Molly Shannon and Sarah Hyland.
She was on the set when Lindsay Lohan shot scenes with Charlie Sheen.
“It was all good,” Tisdale says. “Everyone was happy to be there. I’ve known Lindsay for a long time, but I haven’t seen her for a long time. She did a good job. Charlie was super nice and professional.”
“Scary V” wasn’t easy. “I’m used to doing comedies,” she says, “but this was probably one of the hardest projects I’ve ever worked on. It’s hard to spoof movies. You have to take it really seriously.
“I was at the core of the movie and I shot for three months in Atlanta. The cameo people would come and go — and I had no idea who was cast. One day, Mike Tyson just walked in. It was like, ‘Yeah, he’s here today.’
“Tyson plays himself in a ‘50 Shades of Grey’ spoof that’s really funny.”
What films does Tisdale spoof? “I do ‘Black Swan,’ ‘Mama,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘Rise of the Apes’ and ‘Paranormal Activities,’ ” she liss. “My character is always saying there is something in the house and my screen husband, played by Simon Rex, is like, ‘No, you’re too suspicious.’ ”
Tisdale also starred on TV’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Hellcats,” and voices tattletale Candace on the animated hit “Phineas and Ferb.”
“Kids always want to talk to me about ‘High School Musical.’ But I mostly get recognized from ‘Phineas and Ferb.’ At the Kids Choice Awards, Jon Stewart said to me, ‘Every single time I hear your voice, I think I’m busted.’ ”
On the big screen, she branched out with “Aliens in the Attic” (2009).
“My next project is supposed to be ‘Left Behind’ with Nicolas Cage,” she says. “I’m working all the time.”
She’s also thinking about recording again.
“People are always asking when I’ll come out with the next album, but I like to do one thing at a time,” she says. “For me, I have to be inspired. I’m going to start to focus more and more on music. I feel the itch for it.”
As the gossip rags continue to track the lives of the “High School Musical” alumni, Tisdale has managed to lay low. How did she end up so normal?
“My parents are a big part of it,” she says. “I went to regular school my whole life and worked in a clothing store between movie projects.”
Tisdale sighs. “I look at my business as a business. When the day is over, I go back to my normal life. I just hang out with family and friends. I want to be known for my work than anything else.”
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