Who Got Ditched on Prom Night? Grease: Live's Best and Worst Memories

Special Features   Who Got Ditched on Prom Night? Grease: Live Cast Relives Best and Worst of Times in High School High school promises some of the greatest memories… and the worst!
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As the Grease: Live cast readies to head back to high school (Rydell High, that is), they remember their own teenage highs and lows.

Julianne Hough, Sandy
Best High School Memory: Oh my gosh, I think at lunchtime we would all just leave for lunch and all go to our favorite spot.
Worst High School Memory: Getting ditched at prom because there was a really mean girl, and she convinced this guy to ask me and then the day of the dance [he was going to ditch me]. But, I found out [that it was going to happen] a couple of days before, so I ended up finding another date and going, but that's mean! That's so mean! Mean girls! [When "Mean Girls"] came out, and I was like, "This movie is about me, Mom!"

Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough

Keke Palmer, Marty
Best High School-Age Memory: Just what I got to do [and] the fact that I got to entertain. I was just working and stuff like that, [which] was so awesome.
Worst High School-Age Memory: The worst memories were probably the other half of it — the fact that I didn't get to socialize with people my age and being in that adult world — [having to be] a kid, but still be able to communicate to the adults. I learned how to do it, but it was kind of awkward as a kid. So it's not really a memory. I can't think of a memory of something bad happening, but I think the toughest part of that child age was probably just fluctuating between being a kid in an adult world.

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Carly Rae Jepsen, Frenchy
Best High School Memory: Finally having the courage to ask the boy that I wanted to prom and him saying "yes." That was really exciting!
Worst High School Memory: There was a musical performance [we did of] The Wiz. We didn't have proper [costumes] — we had hangers that we bent into [hair] clips, and I couldn't get it out of my wig change in time, and someone had to rip it out and my hair ripped out, so for the rest of high school I had a little rooster tail of hair. That was pretty awful.

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Kether Donohue, Jan
Worst High School Memory: I got kicked out of high school. That was pretty awful. I pulled a prank on a girl, but her parents were the benefactors of the school, so I kind of messed with the wrong girl. I just hid some of her books somewhere, something stupid like that.
Best High School Memory: That was the best thing that happened to me, [too], because I got kicked out of an all girl's private catholic school. Because I got kicked out, I went to the performing arts high school where I met the best friend who reminds me how chunky and happy I was!

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Carlos PenaVega, Kenickie
Best High School Memory: I made drama cool in my senior year. People wanted to be in all the shows, so that was cool.
Worst High School Memory: My worst memory was probably my sophomore year. It was my first year in this new high school, and it was just the worst. I had no friends. You know, you're so brand new [and] nobody likes you because nobody knows you.

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David Del Rio, Putzie
Best High School Memory: I went to a great high school. Any time that my best friends and I would come together and create, that would be the best thing
Worst High School Memory: Every threat that every kid in school has had, like getting kicked out, failing a grade, stuff like that. Actually, there was this one time where we were shooting a student film, and my parents were the producers [who] put the budget in — they were very supportive parents, so much so that when we got bad grades, they cut the film. We were shooting for like three days, so that was a very important lesson that I learned.

David Del Rio
David Del Rio

Jordan Fisher, Doody
Best High School Memory: This is a really good question. I've never thought about this! There's a theatre company that I worked with called Red Mountain [that is] huge in the Southeast — like people come in from out of town to see these shows, and they do these two-week workshops. And, that's really what kind of started my TV career. My theatrical agent based out here [on the West Coast] teaches at that workshop in the summer, and I met her when I was ten and continued to do the workshops every year. Those two weeks — those are the memories that I wouldn't trade for the world, just in terms of the friends that I made and the experiences that I had and what I learned. What I got to work on was fun. God, I'm really glad about it all.
Worst High School Memory: I can't really think of a terrible memory. I had a really fun childhood.

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Andrew Call, Sonny
Best High School Memory: I would have to say [the football] 1997 Semi-Final State Championship. Last play of the game.
Worst High School Memory: I had quit football to play Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat…because I had to. I had to do it! So now you know why I'm in theatre.

Andrew Call
Andrew Call

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