Corbin Bleu Explains the Differences Between His Real-Life Self & His HSM:TM:TS Persona

High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu chatted with E! News about returning to the franchise for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and how he isn't really playing himself.

By Alyssa Ray Jul 25, 2022 12:00 PMTags
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You're going to need to getcha head in the game for this one.

Yes, Corbin Bleu is playing himself on season three of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, but the on-screen Corbin isn't exactly like the real-life actor. The High School Musical alum explained this to E! News in an exclusive chat, in which he revealed that the HSM:TM:TS Corbin is a "jaded" version of himself.

"With any performer who has come across some form of success or fame, there are certain paths that you're able to go down," he explained. "Everyone experiences the same thoughts or the same emotions and the same feelings, it's just how do you act upon them? What are the choices that you make from them? And in this version of Corbin, I think that he didn't necessarily take to it as well as real-life Corbin has."

As Corbin detailed, his character has "put up a bit of a wall" and is "really jaded" following the success of Disney's OG High School Musical franchise. But, don't expect this somber version of Corbin to be rude, as the actor assured E! News that his on-screen persona is "still extremely nice."

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The off-screen Corbin proves to be just as lovely, as he sang the praises of the latest batch of High School Musical stars, including Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé and Frankie Rodriguez. "They're not trying to copy what we've done," he told E! News. "They don't have to. They are, in their own right, so talented and so deserving of their own stardom."

And though season three has yet to premiere, Corbin is already open to the idea of returning for season four, which was renewed by Disney+ in May.

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"I hope it happens," he said. "As long as it's done right, which, at this point, my experience with the entire series is that it is done right. Tim [Federle] is so smart and so careful and also bold and really does take everything into account. I think if they had me back, I would be over the moon."

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season three premieres July 27 on Disney+.

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