It's been almost a decade since the High School Musical franchise came to an end (I'm not crying, you're crying). We may hear a lot about Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens these days, but have you ever wondered what the rest of the cast has been up to since graduating from East High? I have, and I realized that there's one actor in particular we haven't heard much about: Corbin Bleu, a.k.a. Troy Bolton's hilarious best friend, Chad Danforth.
Bleu was on a roll in the mid-2000s. Following his success in the HSM series, he starred in his very own #DisneyChannel Original movie, Jump In! and even made guest appearances in hit children's TV shows like Phineas and Ferb and Hannah Montana. But what has he been up to ever since?
What Happened With Bleu After 'High School Musical' Came To And End?
After hanging up his Wildcat jersey, Bleu kept himself busy with several minor roles in both movies and TV. In film, his most recent endeavors are 2013's Nurse 3D, Sugar and The Monkey's Paw and 2015's To Write Love On Her Arms.
As for television, in 2013 he put his impressive dancing skills to good use by taking part in Season 17 of Dancing with the Stars. Impressively, he finished as a runner-up, beaten by Glee's Amber Riley. When it comes to scripted series, he's made special guest appearances in shows like Drop Dead Diva, Psych, and Castle.
On a side note, he also took part in the High School Musical 10-year anniversary reunion in 2015, alongside Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Lucas Grabeel and Monique Coleman. If you want to take a nice trip down memory lane, I'd suggest watching it:
Aside from his roles in the entertainment industry, Bleu has been heavily involved in charity and humanitarian causes for the past few years. He's collaborated with the Make-A-Wish foundation, Tennessee's St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (a pediatric medical facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases) and the Starlight Children's Foundation (a nonprofit organization that provides ill children and their families with entertainment and education).
What About His Personal Life?
Before you ask, no, he didn't marry #HighSchoolMusical's Taylor McKessie. But don't worry, he found his real-life soulmate in fellow actress Sasha Clements (Degrassi Don't Look Back, How To Build A Better Boy), and honestly, their love story seems to have come straight out of a fantasy book.
They first met when bumping into each other during their respective grocery runs in 2011 and three years later, Bleu proposed to her in #Disney World Orlando, with an engagement ring hidden inside a glass slipper. Fans got a glimpse into their wedding preparations after the couple starred in an episode of Say Yes To The Dress:
Following that extensive planning process, the couple married two years later in California, on July 23, 2016. Fortunately for any fans wanting a peek into their love, Bleu has a strong social media presence, so I'd suggest following him on both Instagram and Twitter to keep up with his latest endeavors:
Where Can I See Him Next?
Bleu may have stepped away from the cameras, but he's been focused on his theater career –– and fortunately for him, he's found great success. The actor's appeared in five plays in the past five years. In 2016, he starred in Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical for the Roundabout Theatre Company. Based on the 1942 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, Bleu played protagonist Ted Hanover.
"Ok, but where can I see him perform right now," you ask? Well, he's currently displaying his singing and dancing talents in Hollywood Bowl's #MammaMia! where he plays Sky, Sophie Sheridan's fiancé.
Well, there's no doubt that Chad Danforth doing great for himself. As a longtime fan of his work, I'm glad to see #CorbinBleu doing so well. Hopefully everything continues going great with his career and his personal life moving forward.
What do you think about Corbin Bleu's life after High School Musical? Let me know in the comments!