Director Kenny Ortega revealed that the character Ryan from the 2006 TV film phenomenon ‘High School Musical’ is homosexual, sharing in a brand new interview that it was necessary for the character’s ‘true colors to come forward.’
High School Musical is a significant touchstone for the millennial technology, and now legions of followers have discovered from the director himself, Kenny Ortega, that the character Ryan Evans is homosexual. Just in time for the conclusion of Pride Month, Kenny broke down the queer aesthetic of his movies in a brand new profile with our sister publication Variety. During his interview, the director opened up about a few of the most iconic characters from his movies, notably Ryan who appeared within the High School Musical trilogy.
“The character of Ryan [played by Lucas Grabeel] in High School Musical, Sharpay’s twin brother, we decided he’d probably going to come out in college. It was less about coming out and just more about letting his true colors come forward,” Kenny defined. But when it got here as to whether Kenny thought it could have been doable to have Ryan be an out homosexual character within the movies, he confessed that it probably wouldn’t have been doable on the time.
“I didn’t think at the time — and Disney is the most progressive group of people I’ve ever worked with,” Kenny shared. “I was concerned because it was family and kids, that Disney might not be ready to cross that line and move into that territory yet. So, I just took it upon myself to make choices that I felt that those who were watching would grab. They would see it, they would feel it, they would know it and they would identify with it. And that is what happened,” he shared.
Ryan was some of the thrilling, trendy main characters of the HSM movie sequence. Played by Lucas Grabeel all through the 2 TV films and the function size movie, Ryan was identified for his on-point duets with sister Sharpay [Ashley Tisdale] in addition to his effervescent and assured fashion. Among the hit tunes from the unique movie that the brother and sister duo carried out have been “Bop To The Top” and “What I’ve Been Looking For,” amongst different ensemble songs.
Kenny can also be chargeable for helming such movies as Hocus Pocus, the Descendants movie sequence, and Newsies. On the queer aesthetic working by his oeuvre, Kenny was assured in saying “that’s who I am. I put a lot of who I am into my work. I mean, really all the way back from the earliest work that I’ve done, even as a choreographer in film and television. And I think, yeah, that it’s just there, and whether it’s screaming at you, or whether it’s just sort of quietly there, it’s there.”