Ashley Tisdale Reveals if Sharpay Will Return for ‘High School Musical 4′

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Are we still “all in this together”?

Ashley Tisdale graces the cover of New You magazine’s Summer Issue, in which she discusses her involvement in the fourth installment of High School Musical and the original film’s implications on the future of her career.

Tisdale says that she will not be reprising her role as Sharpay in High School Musical 4. “Looking back, it was such a perfect thing for its time and was so pure that I just don’t know how you go from there,” says the Disney actress. “High School Musical didn’t make us, we made High School Musical because of our friendship, how close we were, and the magic there at the time. [Director] Kenny Ortega just made it what it was. Disney is an amazing company so I’m sure they’ll find some way to do it.”

She says that separating herself from the character has been a “challenging” battle in itself, noting that she’s had to fight for any role that was dissimilar to Sharpay. “I think people in this business put you in a box and label you for what they think they know of you and what character you have played,” says Tisdale. “Sharpay was such an awesome character, but at the end of the day it was a character; it wasn’t me.”

As a businesswoman, the actress looks up to Jessica Simpson as a model entrepreneur. Her former co-star, Monique Coleman, used to make fun for her love for Simpson while they were filming the first High School Musical, but she’s since changed her tune.

“Recently, Monique called me and said, ‘You know I used to make fun of you all the time. Now I see what you’re doing and now I understand it. And now I see what [Jessica Simpson] has done.’”

To read the rest of Tisdale’s interview, pick up a copy of New You magazine’s Summer Issue, on newsstands now.