Ashley Michelle Tisdale (born July 2, 1985) is an American actress, singer, and producer.
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
High School Musical
During her childhood, she appeared in more than 100 TV advertisements and had roles in theatre and television shows. In 2004, she was cast as Maddie Fitzpatrick in Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and rose to prominence in 2006 as Sharpay Evans in the television film High School Musical. The High School Musical series included three films and the spin-off Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (2011). Tisdale’s resultant popularity led her to sign a record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 2006. Her debut album, Headstrong (2007), was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and features the single “He Said She Said”. Two years later, Tisdale released her second studio album, Guilty Pleasure. In 2013, she announced plans to make music again and confirmed that she has been recording her third studio album.
Scary Movie 5
Emmy Award nomination
From 2007 until 2015, Tisdale voiced Candace Flynn in Disney Channel’s three-time Emmy Award-winning animated series Phineas and Ferb. The cartoon quickly became the television’s most-watched animated series among kids and tweens and received critical acclaim. Her other roles have included Savannah Monroe in The CW’s television drama series Hellcats (2010–11), Jody Sanders in Scary Movie 5 (2013) and the title character of Hub Network’s animated series Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (2013–14), for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2014.
Besides acting and singing, Tisdale has ventured into producing. After forming a production company in 2008, she began working as the executive producer on films and television series including the ABC Family television film Picture This (2008), the unscripted series Miss Advised (2013), and the comedy series Young & Hungry (2014).
In 2013, E! aired a television special produced by Tisdale named Inner Circle that focused on her friendship with actress Vanessa Hudgens. The next year, Tisdale teamed again with Disney Channel on the film Cloud 9, on which she worked as an executive producer. ABC Family’s comedy series Young & Hungry is also produced by Tisdale; it stars Emily Osment and premiered in June 2014. Future projects Tisdale and her production company have been working on include three series intended for internet release.
The Weinstein Company
Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch
In June 2012, The Weinstein Company announced that Tisdale had been given the leading role in Dimension Films’ Scary Movie 5. Starring alongside Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, she portrayed Jody, a dancer in her late-20s. The film was released in April 2013, and grossed $15 million on its first weekend, making it the lowest-grossing weekend for a Scary Movie film; it was also panned by critics. Tisdale had a recurring role in ABC’s sitcom Super Fun Night as Jazmine, the sister of Rebel Wilson’s character, and guest starred on CBS’s The Crazy Ones in 2013. That same year, Tisdale was cast to voice the title character of Hub Network’s animated series Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch. For her performance as Sabrina, Tisdale was nominated for “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” in the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards. In December 2014, The Hollywood Reporter announced Tisdale was cast to star as a prostitute in the comedy Amateur Night alongside Jason Biggs. In 2014, Tisdale auditioned for TBS’s workplace comedy series Clipped, on which she was eventually cast in a main role as Danni. The series ran from June to August 2015, and was canceled in October after one season.
Four years after the release of her second studio album Guilty Pleasure (2009), Tisdale told MTV that she had been recording her third studio album. She said she was inspired to make music again and that she hoped to “surprise people a little bit, something different from what I’ve done before”. Tisdale announced to MTV that she opted to pursue a dance-pop sound on the album, which was expected to be released in 2014. In December 2013, Tisdale teased on her Twitter account about a “special project” related to music. She confirmed that the project was a single titled “You’re Always Here”, which was written about her late grandfather. The song was eventually released independently to digital stores that same month.
Santa Barbara, California
Tisdale began dating Christopher French, the lead singer of the band Annie Automatic, in December 2012. They became engaged in August 2013 and married on September 8, 2014 in a small private ceremony held in Santa Barbara, California.
Tisdale confirmed in a 2016 interview that she will not be returning to the High School Musical franchise for its fourth installment, claiming that the series was “such a perfect thing for its time” and that she didn’t know “how you could go from there”.