Matt Cornett is happy with his character’s progress. Matt, 23, performs E.J. in Disney Plus’ Excessive Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Collection. Via the previous two seasons of the present, followers have seen E.J. put his all into no matter sport he’s enjoying, from auditioning for the lead function of his highschool play to attempting to win the love of his crush. The present—higher identified by its acronym HSMTMTS—began as a derivative of the beloved 2006 Disney Channel authentic film, Excessive Faculty Musical, the place college students from East Excessive Faculty (the identical college the place the unique HSM filmed) carry out a meta stage manufacturing of the film.
Since then, HSMTMTS has grown to inform its personal tales. In season 3, which premieres on July 27, followers will see the Wildcats head to summer season camp embark on a brand new manufacturing of Frozen as E.J. steps up as director and tries to handle his new relationship with fellow Wildcat, Gina.
I really feel very fortunate to have the ability to play a personality that has such an important arc and has so many alternative tales he will get to discover.
Learn to see what Matt needed to inform StyleCaster about E.J.’s journey all through HSMTMTS, what it was prefer to work with HSM authentic solid member (and legend) Corbin Bleu, and what musical he thinks the Wildcats ought to do subsequent.
On E.J.’s character arc
“I at all times check with E.J. in season one as ‘Season One E.J.’ as a result of it’s such a distinct him than he’s now. He’s discovered a lot by way of these three years. However, he’s additionally discovered so much from his Wildcats this time. I really feel very fortunate to have the ability to play a personality that has such an important arc and has so many alternative tales he will get to discover. This season was its personal utterly new factor, that additionally ties into season one. ‘Season One E.J.’ was very centered on simply exhibiting that he had his life so as. He was excellent and he placed on this facade of simply being the right man that has the whole lot he needs. His dad and mom have been capable of get him in all places. He was gonna get into Duke. He shortly clearly realized it’s OK to not have the whole lot in line. Attending to play him on this season in a way it’s like, ‘OK, now I’m directing the present once more. Now, that is actually my likelihood to indicate my dad I can quantity as much as one thing.’ It ties again into season one the place my character is attempting to impress individuals once more, and attempting to impress his dad and present individuals that he’s value one thing as a result of I believe his dad has by no means been supportive of the musical arts. That’s why he will get so overwhelmed and careworn as a result of he places a lot stress on directing the present. He needs to indicate his dad, in addition to all people else, that he can actually do one thing and that he can dwell the life he needs to.”
On persevering with the Disney summer season custom
“We do a mash-up of ‘What Time Is It?’ and ‘Begin the Social gathering’ for one of many first songs of the season. It’s an ideal intro for the season since you get a Camp Rock and a Excessive Faculty Musical mash-up. It’s actually enjoyable. We positively pulled from Camp Rock simply because we’re at camp. There are such a lot of Camp Rock moments and it felt very camp rocky to us.”
On working with Corbin Bleu
“We’ve identified Corbin for some time. Throughout season one, we did some press with him. He had interviewed us for just a few totally different shops. He’s at all times been supportive of the present, and loving and caring to all of us. He informed all of us, ‘Hey, I’m right here when you need assistance with something when you simply have questions, otherwise you simply wish to speak, or simply no matter I’m right here.’ He’s such an incredible individual. On high of the truth that he’s insanely proficient. The person can sing, he can dance, he can act—I don’t assume there’s something he can’t do. Attending to be on display with him was even crazier. He clearly was an enormous a part of my childhood. There was one scene I had with Corbin, the place I used to be in a scene with him and I simply bear in mind not feeling nice in it. I went as much as him and I stated, ‘Dude, do you ever like really feel this? How do you pull your self out of this?’ We sat and talked for 25 minutes in between the take simply speaking about it and he helped me by way of it and made me really feel higher about plenty of various things.”
On his HSMTMTS castmates
“I really like them a lot, and I really like attending to work with my greatest mates. I’m so fortunate to get to say that. My work shouldn’t be work to me. It’s getting to indicate up and have enjoyable with mates. A few of my favourite moments are making music movies in our trailers and strolling round filming a music video tour to no matter random track it’s for that week. Any group scenes we ever movie collectively are at all times enjoyable as a result of everybody’s in it. Often it will get a little bit loopy, wacky and in all places, particularly this season being on the camp and attending to be outdoors. A whole lot of instances throughout lunch we’d all go sit out in the midst of the garden at camp simply in the midst of the grass and have an enormous picnic and l play some music. It’s so surreal.”
On the musical he needs for HSMTMTS season 4
“Perhaps Peter Pan might be enjoyable. I’ve heard lots of people discuss Into the Woods. However I believe Peter Pan could be a really, very enjoyable one. Both Peter Pan or The Little Mermaid. How enjoyable would that be? Oh my gosh. The water side of it.”