There’s a brand new Troy Bolton on the town. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Matt Cornett about what to anticipate within the ‘HSMTMTS’ finale and his hopes for season 2.
The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 1 finale will air Jan. 10 on Disney+. The penultimate episode featured Ricky giving the function of Troy Bolton to EJ — in the midst of the present! — to assist Nini. EJ’s able to rock however you already know the manufacturing has just a few extra last-minute surprises in retailer. When it involves HSMTMTS, you by no means know what’s going to occur.
HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Matt Cornett about what comes subsequent after EJ places on Troy’s jersey. While Matt is on Team Ricky, he was blissful to see EJ lastly get what he needs. He teased that EJ has a significant “moment” within the finale that can make everybody see him in a brand new gentle. Fans will even get what they’ve all been “hoping for” within the finale. The present has already been renewed for season 2 and Matt would like to discover extra of EJ’s “home life” in future episodes.
What was your response while you learn the script and noticed that Ricky was going to present EJ the function of Troy?
Matt Cornett: The factor is, lots of people discover this actually bizarre that I say this, however I’ve been since day one Team Ricky. So instantly I used to be like, ‘No, you can’t stop the present.’ But then it from my character’s standpoint, it was nice. EJ’s lastly getting what he needs, however then realizing the place EJ is at this level, there was that a part of me that was like, ‘Is EJ actually going to take the offer up? Because he wants to try to be a different person.’ Even although that’s an enormous temptation for him, he additionally does wish to be the man that’s like, ‘Man, I want to let you do this because I know it means so much to you, but oh my gosh, it means so much to me.’
Given what we all know, we see EJ able to roll as Troy. What are you able to type of tease about how he’s going to deal with it?
Matt Cornett: Well, let’s be trustworthy, EJ has been prepared for the function of Troy since he was born. I believe it’s a second that he’s prepared for and he has clearly needed because the begin of the collection. As a lot as he needs to be that man, it’s additionally type of a proposal that he can’t flip down. He’s prepared for it and he goes on and stars as Troy. You see some fascinating issues occur as he and Nini play Troy and Gabriella. You see the hilarious realization when Nini turns round and sees that Troy is definitely EJ.
What can followers can count on within the season one finale?
Matt Cornett: I believe followers are going to be actually excited as a result of I believe everybody’s going to get what they’ve been hoping for in any means, form, or type, whether or not or not it’s sure friendships which might be created or relationships which might be mended or sure characters lastly type of coming collectively to work collectively or no matter it could be. I’ve already had individuals message me and be like, ‘When can I see this solid placed on the precise full play of High School Musical as a result of I wish to see it.’ It’s like, nicely, we solely filmed two episodes price of the play. We don’t fairly have that but. I believe total it’s simply type of seeing the place these characters lastly finish for this season and seeing the place there’s to go for them sooner or later.
EJ made some questionable selections early within the season, that’s for certain. But he’s been making an attempt to make up for it. How do you are feeling about how EJ’s journey began and the way it ended?
Matt Cornett: EJ was such a enjoyable character to play as a result of there was a lot to play. You had loads of layers. The journey that EJ went on simply within the writers’ room is insane from what I’ve been advised by Tim Federle, who created the present. But EJ at first of the season, even I used to be like this man is a large number. He’s getting himself in loads of bother which you can’t actually dig your self out of. But I believe that’s the great factor that Tim and the remainder of the writers are actually good at is writing characters the place despite the fact that they get themselves in bother, additionally they have loads of redeemable qualities. EJ has been making an attempt to determine what it’s he must do to only be himself and be that extra likable man. I believe EJ lastly realizes that he doesn’t should attempt to be likable. He simply must be himself somewhat than placed on this entrance. He lastly has a second that I can’t anticipate followers to see. I believe it will lastly be a second that’s the total type of aha second that EJ is absolutely not all that unhealthy.
I really feel like his intentions are finally good ones…
Matt Cornett: His intentions are good. He’s very self-centered, I’ll say that. I’ve at all times stated that he’s received the proper intention however he goes about them the improper means.
The present has been renewed for season 2 and there are infinite potentialities for this present and the place it may go. Is there something you’ll wish to see with EJ in a second season?
Matt Cornett: We by no means actually received to see EJ’s house life and EJ’s household. EJ and Ashlyn are cousins, so I believe it’d be actually cool to type of see EJ and Ashlyn collectively at house with EJ’s mother and father as being Ashlyn’s aunt and uncle, in addition to Ashlyn’s mother and father being EJ’s aunt and uncle. I believe it’d be cool to see that household dynamic as a aspect story as a result of we did get to see loads of Ricky’s house life, which was a curler coaster of feelings. Also, EJ is a senior on this first season and the second season will clearly be a bit ahead sooner or later, so I believe it’s one thing price noting to see type of EJ’s wrestle with graduating quickly and seeing him cope with that. I imply, real-life seniors undergo loads of stress. Even although they’re able to get out of faculty, they undergo loads of stress as a result of they do create a household and friendships at college.
This first season featured the love triangle between EJ, Nini, and Ricky however I beloved the dynamic between EJ and Gina. Is that one thing that you just wish to see extra of sooner or later?
Matt Cornett: First of all, I’ve to begin by saying that Sofia Wylie is one among my favourite human beings. She’s the sweetest human that I’ve ever met, however she made it a lot enjoyable to get to play that relationship between EJ and Gina. I believe a cause that their dynamic is so enjoyable is as a result of they’re each in the identical place. They’re each used to getting what they need and so they’re each within the place the place they’re the underdogs on this present. They’re each wanting the lead function and all through this primary season, they’re studying to be humble and simply be themselves. That’s actually all that issues is simply being your self. So I believe that’s why the dynamic is so enjoyable as a result of they’re type of in the very same place. But I’m additionally actually excited to see some future interplay between them as a result of I believe the long run for EJ and Gina goes to be hilarious as a result of I believe they’re going to attempt to work collectively and get one another into extra bother.