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'HSM3's' new kids excited about film

October 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new group of kids can only hope to achieve the kind of success Mary Kate and Ashley have enjoyed. For the past three years, we've gotten to know the first group of students from "High School Musical." But it's their senior year now. So some underclassmen are having the "musical" torch passed on to them.The East High seniors are graduating and that means its time to introduce a younger generation of Wildcats in "High School Musical 3."

"It's a privilege to be welcomed into the family and be part of the amazing cast," said Jemma McKenzie-Brown, "HSM3" actress.

"It's a little a little nerve racking though. It's happening, you know you're a role model, you always have to watch out for that. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world," said Justin Martin, "HSM3" actor.

The three new actors, Matt Prokop, Justin Martin, and Jemma McKenzie-Brown are learning how to handle the whirlwind of fan excitement that surrounds "HSM."

And fortunately, they have the original cast to look to for guidance.

"They've all been great in helping. For them, 3 years ago, they were just in a Disney Channel movie and had no idea what it would bring," said Matt Prokop. "It helps talking to them, because they actually have an insight about it. Having paparazzi spend the night at their houses. It's crazy, but they all said stay true to yourself. And true to the people that were there before the success of the movie.

And while "HSM3" doesn't even hit theaters until Friday, a fourth installment with these fresh new faces is already rumored to be in the works.

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