Tisdale and Hudgens formed a lasting bond while working together on several projects. The Suite Life of Zack and Cody alum played Sharpay Evans to the Spring Breakers star’s Gabriella Montez in 2006’s High School Musical, 2007’s High School Musical 2 and 2008’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
Their friendship continued long after the cameras stopped rolling, despite their onscreen alter-egos’ rivalry in the trilogy.
“We just have a connection and she’s so awesome and one of my best friends,” Tisdale exclusively told Us Weekly in August 2019. “What I love about her is that she’s so talented, and I think what we share is that we’re really grounded people and I think that that’s important, especially with what we do, is to stay grounded.”
The “Voices in My Head” singer pointed out that their relationship goes further back than their Disney Channel days. “We actually worked together a year before in a Sears commercial, and from that day on we were super close,” she explained. “So people don’t really know — I think some people know that, but they think it was that movie that brought us together and it really wasn’t.”
Hudgens later served as one of Tisdale’s bridesmaids when she and musician Christopher French tied the knot in 2014. The BFFs expanded their circle after the Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure star welcomed her daughter, Jupiter, in March 2021. Two months later, the Princess Switch actress met her pal’s little one and they had an instant connection.
“Literally Jupiter opened her arms like hold me the minute she met Ness,” Tisdale wrote via Instagram at the time. “It warmed my heart.”
Busy Philipps, for her part, revealed how she maintains her friendship with Michelle Williams years after the pals starred together on Dawson’s Creek. “Whether you’re, like, in the public eye or not, I think the secret to longevity in friendships is putting in the time and the understanding and working through any issues that might arise,” the Cougar Town alum shared exclusively with Us in June 2019. “I think that especially now with texting, it’s even easier to stay in touch with people and be communicative.”
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