When Sharpay and Ryan reunited recently to perform a slow version of What I’ve Been Looking For as part of Ash’s You Tube music series, they explained that it took a few years for them to turn into the BFFs that they are today.
He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and rose to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role in the High School Musical franchise (2006–2008).
During this time, he also starred in the musical film Hairspray (2007) and the comedy film 17 Again (2009).
He has since appeared in the films New Year's Eve (2011), The Lucky One (2012), Neighbors (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Baywatch (2017) and The Greatest Showman (2017).
He performed in shows such as Gypsy; Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up; Little Shop of Horrors; and The Music Man.