Ashley Tisdale sheds Disney image in new "Aliens"

Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:30pm EDT
 
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Her platinum white hair is long gone, replaced by silky smooth, dark brown locks. Yet that doesn't stop young girls from recognizing "High School Musical" star Ashley Tisdale at restaurants and asking for autographs.

Tisdale's role as Sharpay Evans, an over-the-top teenager who will stop at nothing to get what she wants in Disney's "High School Musical," has given her a huge following and altered Tisdale's life forever.

And the 24-year-old actress is expanding her career in new projects, including her role in movie "Aliens in the Attic," which debuts in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Tisdale continues to work in TV where "HSM" was a huge hit on the Disney Channel before becoming a movie, and she is even producing. Her singing has landed the actress a chart-topping recording career, and her second studio album, "Guilty Pleasures," comes out this week.

On the downside, her growing popularity has meant Tisdale has a constant trail of paparazzi following her around.

"I don't have a private life anymore; that's gone out the door," said Tisdale, but she has not let that stop her career.

In "Aliens in the Attic," Tisdale sheds her Sharpay image to portray a teen named Bethany, who joins other kids to battle aliens that land on the roof of her family's summer home.

Tisdale calls Bethany a "typical 17-year-old teen," whereas Sharpay tended toward being "very dramatic and very much a caricature." And Tisdale said getting away from "HSM" helps show her versatility as an actress.   Continued...

 
<p>Actress Ashley Tisdale poses at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>