*Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike going into effect. Awards Radar stands with the actors, their union, and wishes for a resolution that helps the working actor live a better life. Union Strong!*
Before the characters of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series can close out their story in the final season of the show, they’ll cross paths with a new character who is set to change how things work around East High. Dani, played by Kylie Cantrall, is a social media star, was inspired by Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) from the original movies. She can’t wait to assert her dominance in the drama class roster, making everyone deal with her popularity.
Awards Radar had the opportunity of speaking with Cantrall, and the actress discussed how Dani’s introduction will change the power dynamics within the school in the upcoming episodes. Cantrall also discussed how she has enjoyed focusing on her musical career, as she is ready to launch the debut single she wrote in only ten minutes!
When asked about what people should be looking forward to with the introduction of Dani to the series, Cantall mentioned how excited she was about joining the plot of the series:
“She’s definitely different. She’s very different from the other Wildcats, in the sense that she brings this no-filter spicyness to her that’s a little bit like “Woah, girl, calm down.” But I think it’s kind of funny to see how she interacts with the rest of the Wildcats and how they ultimately end up rubbing off on her. It’s cool to see her arc throughout the season.”
Cantrall was a little bit nervous about joining the cast of the show, given how they had been working together for a few years before she became a part of the team:
“I think there’s a little bit of that (nerves) when thinking about the fact that they’ve been together for years. The show has been in the making for a while and I could only imagine how close they were because of how many years they were together as a cast. There was definitely a piece of me that hoped they would welcome me and they honestly exceeded my expectations.”
When thinking about her future, the actress decided that she would love to be remembered by her music more than the legacy she’s creating through her acting:
“It’s really hard to pick. In my mind, I see myself as a singer first, and an actress second. That’s how I’ve always seen it. I’ve been singing way longer than I have been acting. I can’t even remember when I started singing, it was just always something I did. But I think that’s the very special thing about High School Musical and Descendants. They are projects where I get to combine the two worlds.”
You can check out the entire interview with Kylie Cantrall below. The final season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series premieres on August 9: