It’s been a year of love and loss for Ashley Tisdale. In August 2013, the actress got engaged to her fiancé, Christopher French, after only eight months of dating; sadly, three months ago, her beloved grandfather away. But both of those experiences have inspired the former Disney star to record and release new music for the first time since 2009.
The former Hellcats star has just released the single “You’re Always Here” on iTunes.
“I was inspired to kind of just start writing to help me heal,” Tisdale, 28, said of her grandfather’s passing in an interview with On Air With Ryan Seacrest, explaining that she collaborated with her husband-to-be on the song. “Chris sat down and produced, and we wrote this song together.”
Her fiancé’s involvement in the production process was yet another reason why Tisdale thinks he’s “the One.”
“I’ve obviously been in long relationships in the past,” she continued. “But I think because of knowing what I wanted, I wouldn’t have gone into a relationship if it wasn’t what I wanted. I think from the moment that him and I met, I just knew it. I was like, ‘Ok this is the guy,’ and he knew the same thing. It doesn’t get any better. I just can’t explain it.”
Tisdale, who recently made an appearance on the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, went public with her relationship in December 2012, and the musician and producer popped the question in August 2013 on the 103rd floor of the Empire State Building.
“It’s all natural between us,” Tisdale said. “With other relationships you’re just kind of trying too much to make it work.”
Tisdale was previously connected to High School Musical dancer Jared Murillo in 2006 and director Scott Speer from 2009 to 2011.
Ashley Tisdale is tying the knot!
The Scary Movie V actress, 28, and Annie Automatic musician Christopher French are engaged to be married, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
On Thursday evening, she tellingly Tweeted, “Best night of my life. We’re on top of the world” – a nod to French’s reported proposal atop the Empire State Building in N.Y.C.
The couple first stepped out publicly in December 2012 when they visited the Apple Store in Los Angeles.
Tisdale, best known for her role in High School Musical, told Maxim in May she likes “the dark, mysterious bad boy” and is “definitely old-school when it comes to dating.”
With her recent Maxim spread as evidence, Ashley Tisdale knows how to pull off a sexy photo shoot.
Luckily, the former High School Musical star – who stripped down completely for Allure back in May 2011 – is totally at ease baring her body.
“When I get in front of the camera, I’m always pretty comfortable, so I never freak out,” Tisdale recently told PEOPLE from New York, where she was promoting new Cracker Jack’D snacks. “I just want to have fun. I’m just someone who is like, you’ve got to go for it.”
But the star doesn’t necessarily see herself as a sex symbol.
“It’s really sweet that people think that,” she says. “I definitely feel like – I’m 27 years old, so for me, my audience has grown with me since High School Musical. I feel like it’s definitely time to step out of my comfort zone, I guess.”
Of the shoot, during which the Scary Movie V actress was ill and freezing, Tisdale says, “My mom was actually there on set and she said it was great. What I like about it is it represents who I am. For me, I’m a real big beach person, and I wasn’t in lingerie like they usually do. I was in a bathing suit, so I felt like it represented me really well.”
Ashley Tisdale likes her men to be a little rough around the edges.
The upcoming Scary Movie V star, 27, dished about her preference in the opposite sex to Maxim for its May issue, saying, “There’s definitely a thing where I like the dark, mysterious bad boy.”
That said, she isn’t opposed to “surfer, blond frat guys,” whom she has also liked.
The former High School Musical star – who posed barely dressed for the magazine’s cover – says she’s “definitely old-school when it comes to dating.”
She went on to explain, “I’m not into the ‘game’ so much. If I like you, I’ll confront you and be open about it. Then I expect you to come after me.”
Tisdale’s relationships have included those with musician Jared Murillo and music video director Scott Speer.
There are TWO Katnisses in Atlanta today!
Scary Movie 5 is currently filming in the same city as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — but that isn’t stopping the spoof film from poking fun at the bloody franchise!
We spotted Ashley Tisdale sporting the same boots, camo pants, and a side braid, which appear to be styled after the District 11 Tribute.
From what we know about it, the film follows “three dancers — one veteran performer and two upstarts who are also best friends — who vie for the lead in a new production from a snooty, aloof, imperious, and oversexed director.”
We’re guessing Ashley’s dancer character auditions for Jennifer Lawrence’s part during this scene in the film.
At least a tryout scene would explain why The Tis’ co-star Erica Ash is wearing a what we’re told is a Black Swan costume. We’re guess that is the jumping off point for this installment? Black Swan? We guess that’s a horror movie…
There’s just something about Ashley Tisdale. Somehow, the actress whose career was launched by roles in films like High School Musical and on television programs like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, has managed to win the attention of people like Kurt Sutter: The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the mind behind the dark, gritty, and thoroughly interesting Sons of Anarchy has enlisted Tisdale for a dark role. Tisdale is setting up to guest star on two episodes of the forthcoming fifth season of the FX series, playing a high-class prostitute named Emma Jean. That’s not quite in the same realm as “Bop to the Top.”
In addition to this role on SOA, Tisdale was slated to star on a CBS sitcom which was being developed by the great Louis CK and The Late Show and Seinfeld writer Spike Feresten, until CBS failed to order the pilot to series. But the question is: what exactly do the dark minds of Sutton and CK — two men who bleed artistic integrity, and fly as far from mainstream TV as the confines of the the medium will allow — see in a young actress whose primary connotations are with Disney and Nickelodeon?
Of course, this isn’t to say that Tisdale hasn’t done a good job with the roles she has been given. She’s energetic and spirited as Maddie Fatzpatrick, and bubbly and funny as High School Musical’s Sharpay Evans. But these are nowhere near what fans should expect to see in SOA’s fictional biker town of Charming, Calif.
Tisdale did enjoy a more adult role on the short lived CW dramedy Hellcats, which earned a fair share of positive critical reactions. But this doesn’t seem quite enough to fancy the Suttons and CKs of the world to Tisdale’s manner. Going through her professional history, you’ll find the mystery only thickens. Credits include Phineas and Ferb, Kim Possible, and a one-off appearance on the only late-’90s Nickelodeon show that you don’t remember fondly, 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd. There’s nothing there to really spark the interest of the guy who shot an episode of TV about a homeless man getting his head run over by a truck.
There’s only one possibility, dating back to the actress’ very first role on the big screen: Donnie Darko, the twisted, nightmarish mind-bender that was a fixture for emotionally tormented high schoolers through 2006. Tisdale had a brief scene as a harassed nerd named Kim, melding some mean-spirited humor with the film’s pulp of drama and psychological horror. Perhaps this small role was enough to instill interest in artists like Sutton and CK for the following decade. Perhaps both men saw this movie and thought, “This girl is going places.” And then proceeded to wait ten years to cast her in a project.
In any event, it’s encouraging to see the young starlet stretch her wings and try a new variety of work. Are you surprised by her next role?
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Ashley Tisdale and music video director Scott Speer have called it quits after more than two years as a couple, PEOPLE confirms.
The former High School Musical star, 26, began seeing Speer, 29, in the spring of 2009.
While dating Speer, Tisdale said she was all about “a guy’s personality,” adding, “I like someone I can have fun with and who can be more laid-back than I am, because it calms me down.”
Before getting together with Speer, she dated musician Jared Murillo.
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Save one show? More like save two shows! That’s right, the CW has renewed fan-favorite and long-standing One Tree Hill and the ass-kicking Nikita! OTH, always on the bubble, will have a season nine consisting of 13 episodes.
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