Since , Grabeel has voiced the title character in the Netflix series Pinky Malinky. He also played drums for a local church and initiated a men's a cappella singing group at Kickapoo called No Treble. At school, he found passions in the guitar and the accordion while also enjoying dance. While in Rogersville, Missouri , he regularly attended Harmony Baptist Church, where he was a part of the children's and youth groups. In , he starred in his first film role as Ethan Dolloway in the third installment of the Halloweentown series Halloweentown High.
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Everybody loves a good reboot, but there's one HSM star who wants the franchise to be the start of something new. On Sunday, High School Musical star Lucas Grabeel said he wouldn't play Ryan Evans if the film were made today, noting that it would be taking an opportunity away from gay actors. Last week, director Kenny Ortega confirmed Ryan was gay in the Disney Channel films, but the creators didn't feel the production company would be responsive to the character confirming his sexuality in the script.
An all-new set of characters with fresh stories took over the mockumentary, but those that grew up with the original trilogy have not forgotten its impact — and the many ways Hollywood has progressed since its debut 14 years ago. For one, Lucas Grabeel, the actor who played Ryan Evans in the original films, said he might not have accepted the role had High School Musical been filmed in Emphasizing the necessity of gay actors portraying gay characters on-screen, Grabeel explained that he — a straight, white, cisgender man — has undoubtedly taken opportunities from others in the industry "without trying.