Ashley Tisdale's "Guilty Pleasure"
Miss Sharpay is on a roll! Ashley Tisdale just won the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance in the last High School Musical (Senior Year) film beating her co-star Vanessa Hudgens. Having wrapped her long stint as the blonde diva we love to hate, the actress/singer/dancer has re-invented herself as a hot brunette (her natural color).
The news Ashley would really like you to know is that her "edgy" pop/rock (emphasis on rock) album called "Guilty Pleasure" is coming out On July 28th. We chatted about the new CD, some specific songs on the album, Ashley's feelings about her HSM years, dating advice, who she would love to collaborate with musically and her new film Aliens in the Attic. And, hey, the star admits "I've definitely been cheated on" so what must a potential boyfriend never do if he doesn't want to tick her off?
TeenMusic: Talk about the great new reddish brown hair? I think it looks great on you. Are you going to keep that color?
Ashley: Yeah, for sure. It's really close to my original hair color. I'm really happy to be back to being brunette. It's nice.
TeenMusic: Is that to break with Sharpay's sort of blonde mean girl vibe?
Ashley: I just kind of wanted to go back to the original. I was blonde for a good amount of years and I just wanted to give my hair and rest and do something different to show another side of me that people hadn't really seen. But I'd definitely go back to blonde for a character, a role if I have to. But, I love being brunette.
TeenMusic: Speaking of hair, the song "Hair" on your new album is really cute.. more of a hip hop vibe on that one and it's more light-hearted. Where does that one come from?
Ashley: It is lighthearted but there's a sense of edginess because it's an innuendo but it's something that I thought was a great, catchy song. Oak produced it and he also produced "Hot Mess" and, when I heard the track, I was l like 'man, this song is so good and different and nobody's done anything like this'. I'm all about my hair for sure. It's all about the hair [we laugh] so I fell in love with it. A lot of people were second guessing it but I was like 'no, this song has to go on the album'. Maybe even that will be a single some day. Everybody's really enjoyed that song.
TeenMusic: Most of the sounds on "Guilty Pleasure" are much harder-edged than your Sharpay songs of course but also those on your first solo album "Headstrong". Were you determined to bring out an album that was a more edgy departure but still please all your HSM fans?
Ashley: Yeah, I really wanted something that is a reflection of where I am in my life right now and I feel I am growing up. I'm turning 24 so it is more guitar-driven, more pop-rock and I think that my fans are growing with me as well. The first album, for me, was a learning experience where, with the second album, I knew exactly what I wanted out of it so I recorded over 25 songs until I got exactly what I wanted.
TeenMusic: And did you co-write some of those?
Ashley: I did. I co-wrote four songs on the album; "Acting Out", "Without You", "Overrated" and "What If".
TeenMusic: "It's All Right, It's Okay' with lyrics like "I'm so much better without you" will strike a personal chord with a lot of your teen fans suffering from break-ups and "How do you Love Someone" asks how can we move on without getting hurt and destroyed? What advice would you give to teen girls who are staying in abusive relationships because they just feel they can't move on?
Ashley: The song "How Do You Love Someone" talks about a mom and dad and coming from a broken family. My family is great so I don't relate to that song in that way but I do relate to it, when you have been cheated on or you're in a relationship where you just don't know how to get past that. You bring the baggage along. "It's All Right, It's Okay" is just a really strong, empowering song that kind of helps you move on. I have definitely been cheated on and with someone you really like, if they are cheating on you, you don't want to believe it. But, unfortunately, you either stay in the relationship and keep getting hurt because it keeps happening or you get up and you move on. You don't look back. That's something that's very empowering and I think that you should [move on] because you'll be much happier in the long run.
TeenMusic: Good advice. Speaking of guys, what must a guy never do if he doesn't want to tick you off?
Ashley: [laughs] Never be dishonest.
TeenMusic: Amen to that one. We hear that you really like the tune "Masquerade" from the record. That one seems more rock-ish. Might it be in a music video? Which songs will be music videos?
Ashley: I'm hoping that's going to be the second single for sure. I do love that song and hopefully, a lot of people will like it. We're not over-thinking [on the music videos]. It's just what the next single will be but I always have visions for the music video and I'm always coming up with treatments and I work really well with my director and I brainstorm on that stuff. I do have a great idea for "Masquerade" and I'm so hoping that's the next single.
TeenMusic: How do you look back on your High School Musical years now?
Ashley: I'm so grateful for what "High School Musical" has brought to me. I think, for all of us, we've always been so grateful for it and I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them and we're all gonna do separate projects and move on and we're all growing up. I cherish what we did and everything that happened with "High School Musical". It's something I'll always keep in my heart.
TeenMusic: What is the most important lesson you learned from doing all the HSM films?
Ashley: I guess to expect the unexpected. I never did expect anything from it. Just have fun and sometimes the unexpected happens which is pretty amazing and it's very exciting. That's something I've learned.
TeenMusic: On your website, you mention twitter wars with your guitarist Jacob. Wazzup with that? Is it still going on?
Ashley: Oh, no. Me and Jacob work every day with each other so we like to twitter about each other while we're in the same room. They're such a great group of people (her band). I'm so lucky to have them but this new twittering thing I'm addicted to of course. It's gotten out of hand. But it's fun. I love it.
TeenMusic: What artist or band do you find yourself listening to more and more now?
Ashley: I listen to a wide group of people. I listen to Pink, Katy Perry, My Chemical Romance, The Rocket Summer, Boys Like Girls, Lady GaGa.
TeenMusic: What musical artist or band would you just love to collaborate with in future?
Ashley: I would like to collaborate with Boys Like Girls, actually. I think they're fun and I've always been a big fan of theirs so I definitely would love to do something with them. [hey guys, listen up!].
TeenMusic: Any make-up or designers you have recently discovered or just love?
Ashley: I love Chanel make-up and Laura Mercier. In clothes I love Alternative Apparel t-shirts. I love J-Brand jeans, Pace jeans, Christian Louboutin shoes, anything from Barney's Shoes is amazing too. Top Shop is great too.
TeenMusic: You have a new film Aliens in the Attic (formerly They Came From Upstairs). Can you talk about who you play and the storyline?
Ashley: That comes out July 31st. I play the oldest sister Bethany. It's not a character that's a big stretch. She's the sister who is kind of bratty and then is really involved with her boyfriend played by Robert Hoffman of Step Up 2. It's a cool action comedy. We get invaded by aliens. We're on a family vacation and we have Andy Richter, Tim Meadows, Doris Roberts. We had a blast filming. The producer Barry Josephson produced Enchanted and Men in Black. It was a fun character in a fun movie.
TeenMusic: Would you do a TV series again?
Ashley: Maybe. I really want to get more into feature films because I've just started in feature film work. I come from but I do love TV shows. Comedy sitcoms are my favorite so I was someone who loved "Friends" and "Will and Grace". If anything like that came back out, I'd love to do it.
TeenMusic: Are these rumored projects Teen Witch and a Mall-based film still in the works for you?
Ashley: Well Teen Witch is something I want to do a re-make of so they are just doing the writing right now. It's a movie I loved growing up and the mall show was a show I was producing through my production company called Blondie Girl Productions for the Disney Channel but we're back to the stages of just trying to figure out a show. Nothing to talk about there.
TeenMusic: Any message for your fans and for potential fans of your music who haven't heard your post-Sharpay sound?
Ashley: I think this album is fun, a lot more rock, edgier. I really wanted to make an album that you can rock out to and have fun to and that had a strong sense of survival. I think that's what this album is about. You can just listen to it as you're getting ready with your girlfriends to go out or in your car. It's just something that makes you feel good. Even the break-up songs are kind of more the angsty, pop/rock songs rather than sad love songs in a way.