Lucas Grabeel’s ‘Excessive Faculty Musical’ character, Ryan, confirmed as homosexual in Disney+ collection

Ryan Evans lastly discovered what he was on the lookout for.

Throughout a sneak peek on the fourth and last season of the Disney+ collection “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” followers seemingly confirmed Evans’ sexuality.

Within the clip, Evans — who’s performed by Lucas Grabeel — shares a kiss with one other man and thanks him for supporting his efficiency alongside East Excessive Faculty alums Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu), Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman) and Martha Cox (Kaycee Stroh).

“You look wonderful!” the thriller man says, to which Evans replies, “This implies a lot to me that you simply’re right here.”

After the pair shares a quick smooch, the hunky thriller man — performed by Pentatonix’s Scott Hoying — tells Evans, “I like you.”

Whereas there has at all times been chatter about Grabeel’s character’s sexuality, it was by no means referenced within the unique motion pictures.

Nevertheless, creator Kenny Ortega beforehand stated he at all times supposed for Evans to be queer however didn’t suppose it might be mentioned then. The primary “Excessive Faculty Musical” film initially got here out in 2006.

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In a sneak peek for the brand new season, Evans is seen kissing a person — who appears to be his boyfriend.

“I used to be involved as a result of it was household and youngsters, that Disney may not be able to cross that line and transfer into that territory but,” he defined to Selection in 2020.

“So, I simply took it upon myself to make selections that I felt that those that have been watching would seize. They might see it, they’d really feel it, they’d realize it, and they might determine with it. And that’s what occurred.”

Because the motion pictures have been shot when the characters have been in highschool, Ortega at all times envisioned that Evans was “in all probability going to return out in school.”

“It was much less about popping out,” the filmmaker shared. “[It is] simply extra about letting his true colours come ahead.”

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Followers have speculated about Evans’ sexuality for years.
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Equally, Grabeel recalled the second he first requested Ortega about his character’s sexuality in an interview with TMZ that very same 12 months.

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“I got here as much as Kenny in the future and was like, ‘Hey, so can we discuss concerning the character for a second? Ryan’s homosexual, proper?’” Grabreel stated, including that the director “completely agreed.”

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Even Grabeel recalled asking director Kenny Ortega whether or not or not Evans was homosexual again in 2006.
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Regardless of the function being Grabeel’s massive break, the actor now has combined feelings about taking part in such an impactful half.

“There are such a lot of amazingly gifted homosexual actors that might do it as nicely, so if ‘Excessive Faculty Musical’ was made immediately — I don’t know if I might play Ryan,” he added.

“I might like to, however the very last thing I wish to do is take a possibility away from different individuals. As a straight white man, I do know that even with out attempting, I’ve taken alternatives away from different individuals.”