When Sharpay Needs a Little Backup, These Girls Fire Up the Attitude, Pile on the Accessories and Get to Work
If there's one thing a prima donna needs—besides a lapdog and lip gloss—it's a posse. Which is why director Kenny Ortega decided to give Sharpay her very own "Sharpettes," played by Kelli Baker, 17 (the ginger-haired one), McCall Clark, 16 plays Emma (the blonde one), and Tanya Michelle, 23 (the African-American one) . Mostly they're girls who get to wear outrageous outfits—"I still have glitter in my teeth," jokes Clark of the high-glitz getups—and make grand entrances with Sharpay. "Ashley was so much fun, she treated us like friends," says Baker. Shivering in 40-degree temperatures (it was March!) for night shoots by the pool was a bonding experience for them all—as were the off-hours manicures and pool parties. "We should have had pillow fights," says Michelle of the shoot. "It felt like we were at a sleepover."
The Sharpettes appear in "Fabulous", "Humuhumunukanuka'apua'a", "You Are the Music In Me (Sharpay Version)", "Everyday" and "All For One."