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Sofia Wylie Teases ‘Drama Bomb’

Maintain on to your hats, Wildcats! Sofia Wylie is gearing up for Excessive Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Sequence’ season three closing two episodes – and followers ought to put together for the love triangles to get even messier.

“[It’s a] drama bomb!,” Wylie, 18, solely advised Us Weekly on Monday, August 29, forward of the upcoming closing two episodes, that are set to air on Wednesday, September 7, and Wednesday, September 14, respectively. “There’s already been a lot drama this complete season, however I swear it will get 10 occasions extra.”

The present — referred to as HSMTMTS for brief — made its debut on Disney+ in November 2019 and is about on the now-iconic East Excessive Faculty Salt Lake Metropolis, the identical campus the place the enduring Excessive Faculty Musical franchise was filmed. The mockumentary-style comedy follows fictional college students Ricky (Joshua Bassett), Nini (Olivia Rodrigo), E.J. (Matt Cornett), Ashlyn (Julia Lester), Carlos (Frankie Rodriguez) and extra as they navigate via adolescence — and the ups and downs of being a theatre child in highschool.

Wylie, for her half, performs Gina Porter — a brand new scholar who’s prepared for the highlight. Launched as an antagonist, the character does an entire 180 over time — one thing the Andi Mack alum appreciates in regards to the function.


Sofia Wylie as Gina in ‘Excessive Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Sequence.’
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“I feel my favourite half [of playing Gina] is how unpredictable is, or how human she,” the Arizona native defined to Us. “As a result of as people we’re very unpredictable, and a whole lot of occasions in tv or in films, characters can change into very stereotypical as a result of we wish to put individuals in bins. However in the true world, we’re all so malleable and changeable and we develop and we fall.”

Change is actually one thing Wylie’s character is dealing with in season 3 of the musical drama. Along with entering into the main function of Anna of Frozen — the present throughout the present — Gina can be dealing with a love triangle, discovering herself torn between boyfriend E.J. and longtime crush Ricky.

“I feel Gina is confused proper now. I feel she’s combating actually exhausting to make this relationship with E.J. work and he or she desires that,” the Shook alum revealed to Us. “I feel she actually is falling for E.J., and that’s why she will get so simply pissed off or angered or upset when she feels as if he’s pulling away or he’s distracted. As a result of she desires this to work, and he or she actually does take care of him.”

Whereas Wylie stated that E.J. is “an ideal man” and is “making an attempt his finest,” the actress admitted that there’s nonetheless a dynamic with 21-year-old Bassett’s Ricky that leaves Gina in a tough place.

“Ricky is in a confused state the place he’s put on this place of liking a woman who isn’t accessible in the mean time,” she defined. “And that’s sort of the place Gina was in season 2, so he’s undoubtedly now in all probability understanding how she felt.”

She added, “I feel these three characters are all simply being pulled in so many various instructions and I don’t suppose any of them know the place it’s headed.”

Regardless of the stress in entrance of the digital camera, Wylie revealed that she couldn’t ask for 2 higher costars than the “Smoke Sluggish” singer and Cornett, 23, noting that her totally different dynamics with the actors assist to make every onscreen relationship really feel distinctive.

“Matt and Josh, who play these characters, are very totally different guys. So, my dynamic as Sophia is already totally different with them simply as ourselves,” she shared. “After we begin to act, that may translate generally. With Josh, I are usually a bit of extra bantery, however with Matt it’s rather less [so].”

Wylie added that she takes “totally different items of folks that I do know” who’ve been in romantic relationships to “act as girlfriendy as doable” when she’s starring reverse Cornett, For her scenes with Bassett, nevertheless, she targeted on the “stage of forbidden flirtation” and “strictly platonic banter” that happens between them.

Wylie could have a unique rapport with Cornett and Bassett, however she has no hesitation naming her favourite standout moments between every character.

“My favourite Portwell second was the scene that began all of it, the scene on the sofa in season 2,” she revealed. “The place E.J. and Gina sort of have that heart-to-heart. It’s the primary time that we see them actually being weak with each other, which I believed was so stunning. And I simply actually cherished filming that scene. I really like scenes which can be simply human and candy, and there’s not this massive climax to the scene or one thing tremendous dramatic taking place. It’s similar to, ‘Wow, we are able to breathe with these characters as they’re respiratory and stress-free for the primary time shortly’”.

As for Gina and Ricky’s finest scene, Wylie didn’t must suppose twice. “I really like the flashback scene that was seen in season 2 the place Gina says to Ricky that she wouldn’t quit on them if she wasn’t transferring away,” she stated, revealing that the second was truly shot the 12 months prior, throughout season 1.

“I simply had a blast doing it, and I used to be an emotional wreck afterward as a result of it was additionally one of many final issues that we ever shot for season 1, and so a whole lot of my tears had been actual,” she gushed. “So whereas I’m saying to Ricky that I wouldn’t quit on us, it was actually additionally Sophia saying that she didn’t need to quit on any of the forged members and this complete present.”

Wylie concluded: “It was only a fantastic scene that I obtained to do with Joshua.”

Excessive Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Sequence airs on Wednesdays on Disney+.

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