Lana Condor was almost a part of the High School Musical series!
The 22-year-old actress just revealed that she auditioned for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series several years ago but didn’t land the part.
“I was seeing some things on Instagram, but I was like, I think I honest to God, might have auditioned for that. I don’t think it was Disney+ when I shot for it, I think it was just Disney,” Lana told Teen Vogue.
She continued, “I was the biggest High School Musical fan when I was a child. [I was like] oh my God, I want to be Gabriella. I thought it was so cool…They didn’t want us to sing High School Musical songs, which I’m sure everyone was like, okay I’ll go in and sing ‘We’re All in This Together’ or whatever.”
Instead, Lana chose to perform Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.”
Even thought Lana didn’t get the part, she says HSM is special to her because it was the first time she saw someone who looked like her represented in a leading role.
“I looked up to Vanessa Hudgens since I was little because of High School Musical. She kind of looks like me and that’s the first person that I’ve ever really seen that looks like me that has a lead role in something. So I’ve always looked up to her. I looked up to Vanessa Hudgens when I was a kid and now there are girls, like me when I was little, that are probably looking up to me [as Lara Jean Covey]. [It’s] weird but I’m okay with it,” Lana concluded.
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