WARNING: This post contains spoilers from the series finale of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series!!!
Sofia Wylie had a VERY emotional moment in the series finale of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
However, director and writer of the final episode, Tim Federle, who’s also the show’s creator, revealed that that scene wasn’t entirely scripted and the actress went off script.
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“That was such an important sequence to me. I wrote it for Sofia and Josh to really be able to say a lot of things to their cast members that were true to their characters and, I had a feeling, them personally,” Tim told Variety. “When Dara tears up, it is because she is reacting to what Sofia says in real time. Our camera operators, Jesse (Evans) and Tahlee (Scarpitti), have been with us for years and I just said, ‘When Gina says their name, find the actor and hold on their reaction.’”
That camera work would explain a little delay in pointing to/finding EJ (Matt Cornett).
In the scene, Gina tells each of her classmates/co-stars how much they mean to her and it brings nearly everyone to tears, as they were reacting in real time to real words and feelings that Sofia was saying to them.
“I wrote the first draft and it was for Gina to go around the room and say her goodbyes. But Sofia being the best student of life ever, she said to me, ‘I have a couple of ideas as well, can I add to yours?’ I told her to go to town,” Tim says.
“That super emotional take that we use in the show is really Sofia speaking from the heart and tailoring her messages to the cast, and it was so powerful,” he added. “The assistant directors set aside hours and hours to do that scene, and we got it in two takes. Once you get the real thing, why do it again?”
If you missed it, there’s a finale end credits scene that is a must watch!
Find out more about the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series‘ final season here…
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