It has been 15 years since Excessive Faculty Musical first debuted, and Coach Bolton’s head is totally nonetheless within the sport — however lately, it is the TikTok sport. In case you’ve got been residing below a rock like me for the final 12 months and a half, I am happy to tell you that Bart Johnson, aka the actor who portrays the Wildcats basketball coach within the HSM motion pictures, has been casually crushing the TikTok sport since early 2020. Most of his movies are skits and duets pertaining to his fictional teaching stint at East Excessive, though, he is additionally gotten in on different widespread TikTok developments just like the “Savage” dance problem — and I’ve gotta admit, he is bought strikes!
“I felt an actual need to do one thing optimistic throughout such onerous, loopy, unsure instances.”
A father of three who simply so occurs to be married to Blake Energetic’s older sister, Robyn, Bart advised CelebrityPie he determined to hitch TikTok as a approach to elevate some spirits amid the pandemic. “I felt an actual need to do one thing optimistic throughout such onerous, loopy, unsure instances,” the 50-year-old actor stated. “If I might simply make somebody giggle, anybody giggle, I am in . . . The concept was to start out a throwback account particularly geared toward reaching my Wildcats across the globe to allow them to know that ‘we’re all on this collectively’ and I am right here for them as their coach.”
Trying again, Bart stated “not a lot modified” for his performing profession as soon as the Excessive Faculty Musical rush calmed down within the late 2000s. “Truthfully, it was onerous to get auditions for actually good jobs. Nobody at HBO desires the dad from Disney Channel, and that is what I used to be for a couple of decade,” he defined. However now that followers of the movie collection are grown up and have a renewed curiosity in all issues East Excessive for nostalgia’s sake, the love for Coach Bolton is extra alive than ever. “I do know nearly all of the solid has accomplished their greatest to ‘transfer on’ with their careers and I perceive that, however I have been round lengthy sufficient to see jobs and careers come and go, and I’ve an awesome sense of gratitude to have the ability to have the connection I’ve with my Wildcats.”
Lately, Bart nonetheless has a whistle round his neck more often than not, however as a substitute of instructing Zac Efron how one can “pretend proper and break left,” he is teaching his children’ soccer groups. “Everybody in Burbank calls me coach,” he joked. “Now after I drive throughout Los Angeles, individuals yell out, ‘Hey coach!,’ and I by no means know if they’re my Wildcats or considered one of my soccer groups, and both manner, I find it irresistible.” Bart admitted that he is “tried onerous” to get the ball rolling on a fourth Excessive Faculty Musical film, however he solely desires to do it if the unique solid is ready to reunite. “I understand it must be sensible and one thing very particular to get everybody again collectively, and it actually should not be accomplished with out everybody,” he stated. “Possibly it is going to occur someday. Till then, Coach Bolton will proceed to reside on in East Excessive.”
Have a look by way of Bart’s iconic TikTok movies forward, and make sure to smash that “comply with” button on his account to remain up-to-date with the content material he is bought within the pipeline.