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AGE: 23
BIRTHDAY: JULY 2
PLAYS: DIVA-IN-TRAINING SHARPAY EVANS

HOW MUCH ARE YOU GOING TO MISS SHARPAY?

She's so much fun. There's so much to do with her, you could keep going and going.

IT'S FUN BEING FEISTY, ISN'T IT?

She's completely the opposite of me. I was never the popular girl in school, so I got to be the popular girl for once in high school, which was cool.

AND YOU BOTH HAVE LITTLE DOGS YOU CARRY AROUND.

It's so nice to have Maui [a maltipoo] with me. She goes with me everywhere. She went to Germany; she went on the HSM mall tour with me. She's a world traveler.

HOW ELSE DID SHARPAY INFLUENCE YOU?

She is not afraid to take risks with fashion. I was very safe with clothes, and I learned to take risks.

DO YOU BEDAZZLE EVERYTHING?

I wouldn't go that far! She's very dramatic. She takes crazy risks.

HOW DID LAST YEAR'S SURGERY TO CORRECT YOUR DEVIATED SEPTUM AFFECT YOUR PERFORMANCE IN HSM3?

Now I can breathe and hit higher notes. "I Want It All" was a huge musical number in this movie, and it was much better. I could actually do everything and still have my breath.

WHEN THE MOVIE ENDED, WHAT MEMENTOS DID YOU KEEP?

I took a sweatshirt and I took a pink Juicy Couture sweat suit. They also sent me this big poster. It's in the "I Want It All" number, and it's a perfume ad with my face and a perfume bottle, and it says, "Manipulation by Sharpay," which is the funniest thing ever. I'm planning on putting that in my dressing room.

WHAT WOULD FANS BE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR WHOLE HSM EXPERIENCE?

Something I don't think a lot of people know is that Lucas and I never really liked each other during the first movie. We would hardly talk to each other, because when I was auditioning for Sharpay, I screen-tested with him and I was acting like Sharpay. I think he was like, "Who is this girl telling me what to do?" But during the second one, he understood me more. In the third one, we had this unbelievable bond. He IS my brother! I love him so much.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF HSM FOR YOU?

I have such great relationships with the people on this movie. Looking back at the first movie, we all had baby faces. We're so different now. You can see us grow up through these movies. They are my best friends for life.

WHAT'S THE WORST THING?

The paparazzi! They're outside my house right now! It's upsetting. I know the paparazzi come with the territory, but I don't want to be known for going to get coffee all the time.

YOU AND YOUR BOYFRIEND JARED MURILLO CAN'T GO ON DATES WITHOUT BEING FOLLOWED.

It's something we can't avoid, but I don't really talk about my relationship in interviews so I can still have some privacy left.

WHAT HAVE YOU SPLURGED ON RECENTLY?

I just bought an elliptical machine for my house. I've been working out five times a week with a trainer to get really fit. With touring and everything, I was always so skinny. I don't find skinny to be attractive. People who are curvy and fit, that's what I find beautiful.