Ashley Tisdale Discusses ‘Scary Movie 5’

Ashley Tisdale, best known for the High School Musical series, takes over the lead role in the Scary Movie franchise with a starring role in Scary Movie 5. Among the movies this Scary Movie entry spoofs are Mama, Evil Dead, Paranormal Activity, and Sinister, but Tisdale admits that prior to making Scary Movie 5 she was a big scaredy-cat when it came to horror films. “I have always been really scared of scary movies just because I live by myself — and then seeing something, then having a big imagination and then like thinking you see it in the middle of the night,” explained Tisdale during the LA press day for the Dimension Films release. “So, I’ve never been like really into them. But it’s funny because doing this movie has made me a lot more like — now I like them.” The movie grossed $78.4 million.

On watching Mama:
Ashley Tisdale: “I saw it opening weekend just because I wanted to go see the movie. I saw it opening weekend and I came out of there and I texted the producers. And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, like we should really be spoofing Mama because it just worked so well.’ And then Phil [Beauman, writer] was like, ‘Funny, we’re actually going to spoof Mama.’ I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ So then we saw it again.”

On picking up Jessica Chastain’s affectations:
Ashley Tisdale: “I definitely with each movie that we spoofed, I’d really watch like Natalie Portman in Black Swan, just like on her reactions. The cool part is

it all blends pretty well together. I just felt like how people are in Paranormal Activity where it’s like, ‘What do you hear? That’s so weird,’ and how Natalie Portman was in Black Swan, like she always felt like something was after her. So it just kind of worked all together. But with Jessica Chastain, the wig and the whole outfit helped me get into it. I definitely became badass when I put the wig on – and I was not really nice to the kids. [Laughing] But then I’d take it off, I was super nice. Like, I love kids. And everybody would be like, ‘Ashley, whenever she puts that wig on, she becomes a different person.'”

On playing a ballerina we never get to see dance:
Ashley Tisdale: “Oh yeah, that got cut. It was like a whole dance sequence. Yeah, we trained for a month and then they just cut it right out. [Laughing] You know, with this type of movie, you got to roll with it. It’s just kind of what’s funny and what’s not funny and what makes sense. And it just kind of at the end, Mama, we spoofed that more. And they just kind of cut more Black Swan stuff.”

On the scene in which she humps a microwave:
Ashley Tisdale: “That was part of the reshoots and I had already humped a potted plant in Atlanta and that was nerve-wracking. There was only one camera guy and they kept it really quiet, so it was okay. But at that point when I got to having to be with the chair and the microwave and all over the place, I was just like, ‘Oh, I’ve got this. It’s fine that everybody’s watching.’ But I do recall having the hardwood chair hitting me from behind and I looked from behind and I was all into it. And then suddenly, I was just like, ‘I’m getting slammed by a chair right now,’ and I started hysterically laughing because it’s one of those moments that you never think you’d be in that position.”

On how she felt about trying to top other comedians:
Q5: Do you feel Ashley Tisdale: “As a comedian, I just feel like I like to go for things and go for the joke and do it. I’m not thinking about what I look like or what expression I’m making. You just kind of have to be free as a comedian and just not take yourself too seriously. So every single time they’re like, ‘Yes, now he’s going to hit you from behind and you’re going to land in the toilet,’ I’m like, ‘Okay, cool. Just make sure it’s warm.’ So, I was always up for everything.”