Though Ashley Tisdale has broken free from her High School Musical roots, the blonde bombshell still keeps in touch with her old Wildcat cohorts. In addition to her E! Inner Circle special with best friend Vanessa Hudgens, Ash revealed to Wetpaint Entertainment that she always talks to her HSM “family,” especially Corbin Bleu now that he is starting a huge new chapter of his career with Dancing With the Stars 2013!

Read on to see what Ashley told us at the Benefit Cosmetics “They’re REAL-Volutionary” Awards (where she won the “Breaking Blonde” award) on September 4, including how surprised she is about the rest of his castmates and why he’ll be “killer” on the show.

Wetpaint Entertainment: Your Inner Circle special recently aired on E! with Vanessa Hudgens. Do you keep in touch with the rest of the cast, too?

Ashley Tisdale: I try to, as much as I can, because we’re all so busy. But for instance, Corbin [Bleu] is staying at the same hotel I’m at and he called me and was like, “I’m in New York and we’re in the same hotel!” so we’re going to get together tonight. [Ed. note: They snapped the cutest selfie later that night — check it out below!] That’s how we all work. We don’t talk to each other every day, except for me and Vanessa, but it’s nice to kind of just be like family where we’re like, “Hi, I’m here, blah blah blah, let’s get together!” So, it’s fun.

Corbin was, of course, just announced to be on Dancing With the Stars. How excited are you for him?

I’m excited because he’s an amazing dancer. He’s really good. I hope he wins!

He has Karina Smirnoff as his partner, and she’s a champ. Last season, she was in the Top 4 and killed it all season with Jacoby Jones.

Oh, she’s good. She’s really good! I think they’re going to be killer together.

Had he ever mentioned wanting to dance in a competition like that?

No, I mean, I don’t know. He’s such a good dancer that I don’t think he thought of anything to do with dancing other than musicals and movies. I don’t know, it came as a surprise to everybody, yet it’s not a surprise because he’s so good!

He has some interesting competition, from Bill Nye the Science Guy to Snooki...

Oh my god, really? Snooki’s one of them?! [Laughs] I don’t know, I just knew Corbin! That’s hilarious, oh my god. It will be interesting.

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Alyse Whitney is Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.