Corbin Bleu and Sarah Hyland Reveal They Met During ‘High School Musical 3’

Corbin Bleu and Sarah Hyland go way back!

While speaking to PEOPLE at the 2024 Drama Desk Awards on Monday, June 10, the theater performers revealed that they met on the set of High School Musical 3: Senior Year more than 16 years ago.

Hyland, 33, says at the time she was a teenager who headed to the set to visit a friend who was in the cast. “That’s how I spent my senior year spring break,” Hyland laughs. “I wasn’t like, you know, like trying to like go to Florida and get wild or anything like that.”

“That would be my spring break, too,” Bleu, 35, reassures her.

“But like, my theater kid [thing] is just to be with other theater kids in Salt Lake City and like just sing songs. We would literally just sing songs for each other,” the Modern Family alum adds, noting how everyone sang their audition songs for the movie to one another.

Sarah Hyland in “Little Shop of Horrors”.

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“Again, it was a ton of teenagers in the same hotel and running through the hallways” Bleu says.

“Literally run through the hallways,” Hyland quickly adds. “We profusely apologized to the people who were staying there on their own time that were not a part of High School Musical 3.

The two performers have had leading roles in the off-Broadway production of the Little Shop of Horrors revival. On May 26, Bleu departed from the production and passed the role of Seymour Krelborn to Andrew Barth Feldman.

Meanwhile, Hyland took over the role of Seymour Krelborn’s love interest, Audrey, alongside Feldman, 22. She assumed the role after Jinkx Monsoon departed with Bleu.

High School Musical 3 cast: Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, director Kenny Ortega, Zac Efron, second row: Corbin Bleu (curly hair), Monique Coleman (right), back row: Olesya Rulin, Chris Warren Jr., Ryne Sanborn in 2009.

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Both Hyland and Bleu spoke of the show’s personal significance with PEOPLE on Monday.

“I have been a fan of the musical since I was a child. I mean, it definitely shaped a lot of my love for music theater,” Bleu shares. “Of course, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman are just pure geniuses.”

“The earworms in the show, it’s such an economical show. It doesn’t have any lulls or any dull moments,” he continues, adding, “To me, it’s just a brilliant mixing of the comedy and sheer horror that we love to watch.”

Corbin Bleu in ‘In The Heights’ on Broadway in 2010.
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Hyland adds that she too has “loved this show since [she] was a kid as well.” But she confesses to PEOPLE that her love for the Ashman Menken duo began with The Little Mermaid

“My mom immediately recognized that in me and was like, ‘Okay, well, now we’re going to move on to the Little Shop, I don’t care how old you are,’ ” admits the actress. “I just immediately fell in love with it — and I was lucky enough to see the Broadway revival in 2003 as well and fell even more in love.”

“It’s been a dream role of mine since I was a little girl, and to come after all of these amazing performers of people and thespians of all different types of Audreys and Seymours. It’s an amazing amazing thing to be a part of in general — let alone my dream role,” she concludes.

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