|Born|| Ashley Michelle Tisdale|
July 2, 1985
Deal, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, songwriter, spokesperson, voice actress, executive producer|
The High School Musical series became a successful franchise which included two television films, a feature movie, a spin-off and numerous soundtrack albums. The popularity earned by Tisdale in High School Musical led her to sign a solo record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 2006. Her debut album Headstrong, was released in February 2007, and debuted at number five in the U.S. chart and sold 64,000 copies in the first week. It was later certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. A second studio album, Guilty Pleasure, was released in 2009.
Tisdale owns a production company and has worked as an executive producer in movies which included the ABC Family television film Picture This. Tisdale has a prominent voice role as Candace Flynn in Disney Channel's Phineas & Ferb, a cartoon which became television's most-watched animated series among kids and tweens and had been met with acclaim by critics. In 2009, she was cast in her first major broadcast role in The CW's television series Hellcats as Savannah Monroe, an intense and very religious cheerleader.
Tisdale was born in West Deal, Monmouth County, New Jersey on July 2, 1985, to Lisa (née Morris) and Mike Tisdale, the manager of a construction company. Her elder sister, Jennifer Tisdale, is an actress, and her maternal grandfather, Arnold Morris, developed the Ginsu Knives. Through her grandfather, Tisdale is related to businessman Ron Popeil. She grew up in Ocean Township. She is Jewish on her mother's side and was raised with "a little bit of both" of her parents' religions. She had a head full of beautiful curly hair, huge eyes and when she looked at me she made the hugest of smiles. “”Bill Perlman, Asbury Park PressAt the age of three, Tisdale met her current manager, Bill Perlman, at a New Jersey mall. He sent her to numerous auditions for commercials, resulting in her placement in more than 100 national network TV ads as a kid. She began her theatrical career by appearing in Gypsy: A Musical Fable and The Sound of Music at Monmouth County's Jewish Community Center.
At the age of eight, she was cast to play the part of Cosette in a national touring production of the musical Les Misérables. "When I was little, I saw the play Les Misérables on Broadway, I thought it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen so I went to my manager and told him I wanted to be in it", said Tisdale in an interview to Newsday in 2007. She also claims to have had only a single singing lesson before landing the role. Tisdale toured for two years on Les Misérables before landing a role in an international touring production of Annie in Korea. At the age of twelve, Tisdale sang at the White House for President Bill Clinton.
Tisdale performing at the High School Musical: The Concert tour in 2006.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tisdale had minor roles in several television shows such as The Hughleys, Smart Guy, 7th Heaven, Boston Public and Bette and in the feature films A Bug's Life and Donnie Darko. During this time, she simultaneously worked as a Ford Model. For her role in Boston Public, she received a 2000 Young Artist Award nomination for "Best Guest Performance In a TV drama".
In 2004, she was cast as the teenage candy-counter girl Maddie Fitzpatrick in the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, which premiered in March 2005 and ended in 2008. She later won her first award at the UK Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for "Best TV Actress", due to her performance as Fitzpatrick.
Although the producers of the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical did not initially consider her because of her "good-girl image" on The Suite Life, Tisdale was eventually cast as the popular, narcissistic high school student Sharpay Evans in the 2006 film. High School Musical became Disney Channel's most watched movie that year, with 7.7 million viewers in its US premiere broadcast. The soundtrack, in which Tisdale lent her vocals for several songs, became the top-selling album in the United States that year. Tisdale became the first female artist to debut with two songs simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "What I've Been Looking For" and "Bop to the Top", both tracks from the film's soundtrack. Due to the popularity earned by Tisdale through her performance in High School Musical, Warner Bros. Records signed her for a recording contract in July 2006 and she started working on her debut album.
Tisdale performing at the opening of the first Microsoft Store in Scottsdale, Arizona, in October 2009.Headstrong is Tisdale's US Gold-certified debut album, released in February 2007 via Warner Bros, which debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, with 64,000 copies sold in that week. "Be Good to Me" was released as the album's first single in the December, 2006 and "He Said She Said" was released as the second, in September, 2007. In 2008, "Not Like That" and "Suddenly" were released as singles in a selective number of countries that did not include North America. A music DVD entitled There's Something About Ashley followed the release of her debut album, with a three-song trilogy comprising music videos and a documentary about the creation of Headstrong.
The success of the first High School Musical film led Tisdale to reprise the role in the 2007 sequel High School Musical 2. She lent vocals for several tracks in the film's soundtrack and her performance in High School Musical 2 was critically acclaimed by many media outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter. Even more successful than the first film, High School Musical 2 became the most-watched cable-television movie, receiving 17 million viewers on its premiere night. Also in 2007, Tisdale was given the voice role of Candace Flynn, the series' secondary antagonist, in Phineas and Ferb and made a vocal contribution to the show's 2009 soundtrack. The cartoon became television's most-watched animated series among kids and tweens and had very positive reviews.
As a producer, Tisdale formed her own production company in 2008 and named it Blondie Girl Productions. Tisdale had her first lead role in the 2008 ABC Family Original Movie Picture This as Mandy Gilbert, an unpopular and bullied teenager, and she also served as the executive producer of the film, which captured 4.3 million total viewers in its debut night.
Tisdale reprised her role as Sharpay Evans in the 2008 Walt Disney Pictures feature film High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Her performance in the film earned her an MTV Movie Award for "Breakthrough Performance Female" in 2009. and acclaim by critics including Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, who labeled her one of film's breakout stars and said her portrayal of Evans makes "narcissism a goofy, bedazzled pleasure", and Mark Kermode, who said Tisdale is 2008's "best supporting actress". High School Musical 3 earned $42 million in its domestic opening weekend, which became the biggest opening for a musical film.
Her second studio album, Guilty Pleasure, was released in 2009. Described by Tisdale as a "rocker and edgier" album, it generated mixed reviews, with a 54% rating on Metacritic, and Billboard claimed the album "doesn't give the singer room to comfortably let loose". Guilty Pleasure debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200, selling 25,000 copies in its first week, archiving a low commercial performance in comparison with her debut album. The song "It's Alright, It's OK" was released as the album's lead single in April in airplay and digital formats and a second single, "Crank It Up", was later released in October. Tisdale during the filming of the TV series Hellcats in 2010Tisdale starred in the 2009 20th Century Fox family feature film Aliens in the Attic as Bethany Pearson, the elder sister of the family and although she is credited as one of the main characters, The New York Times said Tisdale "spends much of the film off screen". The film was a minor success in box office, grossing $60 million worldwide.
During 2010, Tisdale has been linked to numerous projects, including leading roles in future films such as Sleepless Beauty, The Last First Time and a remake of 1989 Teen Witch. Tisdale and her production company signed a multiyear production deal with Relativity Media in 2010, to create, develop and executive produce a series. Her company has been working in projects for Disney and Nickelodeon, a Bravo TV reality show titled Miss Advised and an upcoming television series based on Laurie Faria Stolarz's book Blue Is for Nightmares.
During 2010, Tisdale had vocal roles in several TV cartoons including The Cleveland Show, Family Guy and Glenn Martin, DDS. Her involvement in The CW Television Network drama series Hellcats was announced in March, when The Hollywood Reporter reported Tisdale had signed on to co-star on her first major broadcast series role as Savannah Monroe, the peppy and fiercely intense captain of the Hellcats. The series had its script based on the book Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders by journalist Kate Torgovnick and was described as "Election meets Bring It On" by critics. Hellcats, however, had one full season as it was cancelled by The CW in 2011.
A High School Musical spin-off entitled Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, released directly in DVD, featured Tisdale reprising her role as Sharpay Evans and also serving as the executive producer. The Disney Channel Original Movie captured 5 million viewers on its premiere night on Disney Channel. Tisdale voiced Candance Flynn in the 2011's Phineas and Ferb movie that premiered on Disney Channel with 7.6 million viewers on its debut night.
Her music is predominantly pop and has included ballads and pop rock. Love and heartbreak are major themes in Tisdale's songs and her output makes use of electronic instruments such as drum machines and electric guitars. She co-wrote several songs on her studio albums. Her musical influences include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, The Used, Boys Like Girls, Michael Jackson, My Chemical Romance, Lady Gaga, and Fergie and in an AOL interview, Tisdale said, "I’ve been a big fan of Pink ever since she started. I love Katy Perry’s sense of humor and her pop/rock feel. I love Pat Benatar's music. I’m inspired by all these women when I’m going into the studio, but almost anything inspires me."
Public image and personal life
Tisdale posing for a fan picture at the 2008 "Jingle Ball" sponsored by Philadelphia's WIOQ.Tisdale is represented by Creative Artists Agency. In 2007, Tisdale appeared in a promotional campaign for Staples Inc.'s "Geared 4 School" sweepstakes and appeared in promotional campaigns for Eckō Red clothing brand, that included a mall tour in the US which performances in fashion shows hosted at each Tisdale was romantically involved with Jared Murillo and ended their relationship in March 2009. In March 2007, Tisdale told Blender she was drug and alcohol-free, and does not smoke and went on to add, "my mom really instilled confidence in me, so I'm not somebody who'd be under peer pressure". She was ranked #10 in Maxims 2008 Hot 100 list and was ranked #94 on Forbes 2008 Celebrity 100 list.
She underwent a septoplasty procedure in November 2007 to correct her partially deviated septum. According to Tisdale, this was done for "health-related reasons and not out of a belief in plastic surgery". The procedure corrected two small fractures in her nose which were interfering with her breathing. She spoke to People magazine about the surgery, saying that it was important to her to be honest with her fans.
In 2008, Tisdale was ranked #17 in "Forbes' High Earners Under 30" list and earned $2.8 million from High School Musical 3. She also teamed up with Huckleberry Toys to produce a limited quantity of dolls modeled after her. She was the face of Degree Girl in the U.S. and recorded several commercials and songs to promote the product. In 2009, Tisdale signed a five-year endorsement contract with Italian clothes line, Puerco Espin and became a volunteer for the 2009 "Get on the Bus" charity campaign. Since 2009, she is in a relationship with the music video director Scott Speer. Tisdale posed nude for the May 2011 issue of Allure magazine. She was quoted as saying that "being in this shoot was me saying, ‘I’m not just the young girl everybody thinks I am. I’m actually a woman.’”
|1998||An All Dogs Christmas Carol||(voice)||Direct-to-video film|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Blueberry Scout (voice)|
|2002||The Mayor of Oyster Bay||Jennifer||Television movie|
|2006||High School Musical||Sharpay Evans||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2006||Whisper of the Heart||Yuko Harada (voice)|
|2007||High School Musical 2||Sharpay Evans||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2007||Bring It On: In It to Win It||Herself||Direct-to-DVD film|
|2008||Picture This||Mandy Gilbert||ABC Family Original Movie
Also executive producer
|2008||High School Musical 3: Senior Year||Sharpay Evans||MTV Movie Award for Female Breakthrough Performance|
|2009||Aliens in the Attic||Bethany Pearson||Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Summer: Movie Star-Female|
|2011||Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure||Sharpay Evans||Disney Channel Original Movie|
Also executive producer
|2011||Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension||Candace Flynn (voice)||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|Year||Title||Role||Episodes and notes|
|1997||Smart Guy||Amy||"A Little Knowledge" (Season 1, episode 6)|
|1997||7th Heaven||Janice||"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (Season 2, episode 6)|
|2000||Beverly Hills, 90210||Nicole Loomis||"Fertile Ground" (Season 10, episode 15)|
|2000||Movie Stars||Female student||"Stand By Me" (Season 2, episode 10)|
|2000||The Amanda Show||Audience member|
|"Episode #2.16" (Season 2, episode 16)|
"Episode #2.17" (Season 2, episode 17)
"Vitamin C" (Season 4, episode 1)
|2000||The Geena Davis Show||Tracy||"Motherly Advice" (Season 1, episode 5)|
|2000||Boston Public||Carol Prader||"Chapter Five" (Season 1, episode 5)|
|2001||Bette||Jessica||"The Invisible Mom" (Season 1, episode 14)|
|2001||100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd||Wendy||"Matchmaking Mutt" (Season 2, episode 6)|
|2001||Once and Again||Marni||"Best of Enemies" (Season 2, episode 18)|
|2001||Kate Brasher||Winona||"Georgia" (Season 1, episode 6)|
|2001||Charmed||Runaway Teen||"Look Who's Barking" (Season 3, episode 21)|
|2002||The Hughleys||Stephanie||"I Have a Scheme" (Season 4, episode 13)|
"Bored of the Rings" (Season 4, episode 16)
"You've Got Male" (Season 4, episode 18)
|2002||Malcolm in the Middle||Girl||"Jury Duty" (Season 3, episode 20)|
|2003||Strong Medicine||Sherry Lowenstein||"Addicted to Love" (Season 3, episode 20)|
|2003||Grounded for Life||Leah||"Just Like a Woman" (Season 3, episode5)|
|2003||George Lopez||Olivia||"I Only Have Eyes for You" (Season 2, episode 21)|
|2003||Still Standing||Bonnie||"Still Romancing" (Season 1, episode 15)|
"Still Hairdressing" (Season 1, episode 16)
"Still the Bad Parents" (Season 2, episode 3)
"Still Interfering" (Season 2, episode 8)
|The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Maddie Fitzpatrick||Main role (75 episodes)|
|2006||Hannah Montana||Maddie Fitzpatrick||"On the Road Again" (Season 1, episode 12)|
|2007||Kim Possible||Camille Leon|
|"Trading Faces" (Season 4, episode 3)|
"Fashion Victim" (Season 4, episode 10)
"Chasing Rufus" (Season 4, episode 19a)
|Phineas and Ferb||Candace Flynn (voice)||Main role (all episodes to date)|
|2009||The Suite Life on Deck||Maddie Fitzpatrick||"Maddie on Deck" (Season 1, episode 13)|
|2010||The Cleveland Show||Lacey Stapleton (voice)||"The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool" (Season 1, episode 14)|
|2010||Family Guy||Priscilla (voice)||"And Then There Were Fewer" (Season 9, episode 1)|
|2010||Family Guy||Kelly (voice)||"Brian Writes a Bestseller (Season 9, episode 6)|
|2010||Glenn Martin, DDS||Katie (voice)||"Dad News Bears" (Season 2, episode 11)|
|Hellcats||Savannah Monroe||Main role (all 22 episodes)|
- Guilty Pleasure (2009)
Awards and nominations
|2000||Nominated||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Television Drama Series||Boston Public|||
|2007||Won||Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards||Best TV Actress||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody|||
|Nominated||Premios Oye!||International Breakthrough Artist||Headstrong|||
|2008||Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Fave International TV Star||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody|||
|2009||Won||2009 MTV Movie Awards||Breakthrough Performance Female||High School Musical 3: Senior Year|||
|Won||UK Kermode Awards||Best Supporting Actress|
|Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Best Actress: Music/Dance|||
|Summer: Movie Star-Female||Aliens in the Attic|||
|Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009||Best New International Artist||Guilty Pleasure|||
|Best Live Performance||"It's Alright, It's OK"|