On this day in history, we were all graced with the birth of our queen Sharpay Evans — uh, I mean — Ashley Tisdale. Between the High School Musical trilogy and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Ashley taught us how to be driven and confident women.
On July 2, 2017, the former Disney Channel actress turns 31. To celebrate Ashley’s birthday, J-14 put together a list of all the ways that the actress is just like her most iconic character Sharpay — from her duets with Lucas Grabeel (Sharpay’s brother Ryan) to her friendship with Vanessa Hudgens (Sharpay’s frenemy Gabriella) — which you can see in the video below.
Ashley has been making tons of headlines this year. She publicly admitted for the first time that she didn’t get along very well with Lucas at first, but that she now considers him family. She logically defended her character Sharpay, who very well might’ve been the real victim of HSM. She’s been posting weekly Music Sessions to her YouTube channel, which have included two new duets with her co-stars Lucas and Vanessa.
Many of us grew up with Ashley. She taught us to follow our passions (even when it’s not the “cool” thing to do) and how to speak our minds (though maybe in ways that are a little less harsh than Sharpay’s brutal honesty). For that, we say thank you.
Happy Birthday, Ash!