Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale co-starred in the 2006 Disney film High School Musical, but it was on the set of a different production during that same year that the two had to kiss. Now, in an interview with ELLE Magazine, she’s opening up about the experience 14 years later.
As part of the magazine’s “Thirst Trap” interview series, she was asked who her worst on-screen kiss ever was. Her answer might be surprising to some.
“I’ll tell you why it was the worst, okay? I had to kiss Zac Efron on ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’, and it’s the worst because I am so close to him and he’s like my brother,” she said.
“At the time, he was used to acting on like, Warner Brothers, which is CW, and we were on Disney Channel,” Tisdale continued. “And so he like, he tried kissing me with his tongue, and I was like, get away from me! I closed my mouth so fast.”
“I was like, ‘this is Disney Channel, we don’t kiss like that on Disney Channel!’” she added while laughing.
“It’s just weird when you’re so close to somebody, and we’d already done the movie, I’d known him for years before,” she said. “That is why it was the worst. It’s just we’re too close.”
In 2016, on the 10-year anniversary of High School Musical, Tisdale talked about how close that entire cast remained.
“I just love that we all still love each other and love hanging out with each other and have that connection, you know?” Tisdale told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “It was a really special moment in our lives.”
“Nobody thought it was going to be as successful as it was,” she continued. “It was really, purely because of the fans that it was that successful and the fact that they’ve supported us throughout the years has been amazing.”
Efron’s newest project is a reality series called “Killing Zac Efron.” While filming it Down Under, he had to be rushed to the hospital with a serious bacterial infection and nearly died. He’s now recovering well from the health scare.