Interview: Corbin Bleu from High School Musical 3
High School Musical 3‘s Corbin Bleu on dates, dreams and dancing all day…
Hi Corbin! Did you have fun filming High School Musical 3?
Corbin Bleu: Shooting High School Musical 3 was a blast! It was amazing to get the gang back together for another movie. It was just like old times filming in Utah again. It feels like it was yesterday.
What makes this third film stand out?
Corbin Bleu: For me, it was really cool to be able to explore the relationship between Chad and Troy. Chad is really happy to see his friend move on and do what he wants to do – but at the same time he’s really sad to lose his pal. It was great to explore that in detail.
The dance scene between Chad and Troy looked a lot of fun to film…
Corbin Bleu: We had an amazing time shooting that sequence in the junkyard. A guy called Chucky Klapow choreographed the dance and I think he did a great job because it really stands out in the movie. It was High School Musical like you’ve never seen before!
Why do the mini Troy and Chad pop up in that scene?
Corbin Bleu: When Troy and Chad were young boys, they used to hang out in the junkyard and pretend that they were superheroes, ninjas and spies. School is very stressful for them in their senior year, so they relive some of their childhood moments again, which is where the mini Chad and Troy come in. They were very cool!
How would you describe Chad?
Corbin Bleu: Chad is a typical jock. He lives, eats and breathes basketball. He is outgoing and loves hanging out with his friends, but basketball is his life.
Are you similar to him?
Corbin Bleu: Well, I’m very driven and dedicated – just like Chad. He’s a little bit better than me at basketball, though. If I’m being honest, I’m kind of sports challenged. I’m very athletic, but when it comes to basketball skills, I had to learn a lot!
Does the number eight on the back of Chad’s basketball shirt mean anything to you?
Corbin Bleu: It does actually. The number eight has always been my favourite number, although I never quite understood why. Before the first High School Musical, I was asked what number I wanted, so I went with my favourite. After I chose it, I went off and looked up other basketball players with the number eight. It turns out [NBA star] Kobe Bryant was one of them!
Are you close to the rest of the cast?
Corbin Bleu: Sure. We’re closer now than ever before. It’s weird to think that we didn’t know each other a few years ago. We met during the first film, where we all clicked straight away. We’ve experienced so much together all over the world that we couldn’t do anything but bond closer and closer over the years.
Are you going to miss them now that the third movie is finished?
Corbin Bleu: Definitely. We’ve shared so many once-in-a-lifetime experiences together that nobody else will understand, so it’s a unique relationship. You know how you relate to somebody if you go through something special together? It’s exactly like that. You just connect. We’ve got chemistry both on screen and off screen – and I’m definitely going to stay in touch with them.
What was the atmosphere like on set for the third movie?
Corbin Bleu: To a certain extent it felt like high school because you’re surrounded by your friends – but it’s also a lot of hard work, too. We worked 12, 13 or 14 hour days, which can be very strenuous. You’re dancing all day long, so you get really worn out, but it was all worth it. The end product is awesome!
Why do you think High School Musical is so popular around the world?
Corbin Bleu: It’s strange because there are a lot of American traditions in this movie. There’s a prom and the whole graduation ceremony with a cap and gown, which aren’t practiced everywhere around the world – but the movie continues to be popular everywhere. I think it’s down to these characters being so relatable and the spirit and energy of the movie that connects with everyone.
What is your biggest dream?
Corbin Bleu: My biggest dream? Anything with Godzilla in it! No, in all honesty, I just hope to be able to accomplish a lot in my life – in all different forms. This project has been incredible and it’s a massive entity, but there’s still so much more to achieve.
Like what? What’s next for you?
Corbin Bleu: I’m not sure at the moment, but I’m going to continue acting. I would love to go to college at some point, too. I was already accepted into college to study Psychology, so at some point I will go – but at the moment I’m enjoying the work I’m doing. I’m learning so much that it wouldn’t feel right to go back to school.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Corbin Bleu: That’s a long time away! I have no idea where I will be then. Maybe I’ll be a director? Maybe I’ll be on Broadway? For now, I’m going to chill out for a while and see what happens.
Do you get much time to date?
Corbin Bleu: Ha ha! Are you trying to find out if I have a girlfriend or something? The answer is no. I’m very single.
What kind of girls do you go for?
Corbin Bleu: I’m not too fussy. I like girls with a good sense of humor. Girls who are a lot of fun to be around.
Come on… tell us more!
Corbin Bleu: Well, I’m a very outgoing person so I like girls who are not afraid to be themselves. I’m not a shy person and when I hang out with a girl, I want to be able to talk to her. At the same time I like a girl I can have a conversation with – as opposed to me sitting there talking away because she won’t open her mouth. I like conversations and I’m a really big sucker for personality. That’s all!
Interview By: Emma Loggins