‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 5 Adds Ashley Tisdale

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 1:32 pm,

Ashley Tisdale is ready to get down and dirty with the bad boys of FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Tisdale has been cast for a multi-episode story arc in the upcoming fifth season as Emma Jean, who has been described as “a high-priced desirable escort” who complicates life for the already strained club.

The racy new role marks the twenty-six-year-old’s transition to a more “mature” actress, having been known primarily for her portrayals of glitzy drama queen, Sharpay Evans, in Disney’s High School Musical franchise and the candy-counter girl on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Tisdale’s most recent TV role was on the CW’s short-lived cheerleading dramedy Hellcats.

The High School Musical star will join previously announced guest stars Jimmy Smits (as gang member Neron ‘Nero’ Padilla), real life biker-turned-actor Chuck Zito, and former Lost star Harold Perrineau (as Damon Pope, an ex-drug kingpin who has his sights set on SOA and its new president).

New season 5 cast: Jimmy Smits, Chuck Zito and Harold Perrineau

The casting of Tisdale may come off as a weird and completely unexpected choice, but this is hardly the first time the series has made somewhat unusual casting choices that turned out to pay off in the end (David Hasselhoff and Tom Arnold both appeared in previous seasons). Zito’s upcoming appearance follows a (failed) lawsuit against FX in 2010, which led to a disagreement between Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and Zito. The two have since resolved their disagreement.

Whether or not you’re in the age group to fully appreciate the talents of Ashley Tisdale, she’s actually a fairly versatile actress who will probably pull off a sexy escort rather convincingly. Following in the footsteps of Zac Efron, her new edgy role is a step toward becoming better known by a more mature audience for something other than teenybopper projects. As a fan of Sons of Anarchy, I trust the producers’ casting decisions, so I’ll give Tisdale a shot and wish her luck.


Season five of Sons of Anarchy premieres on FX this September.

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  1. WHAT?…

    • THE…

      • IS

        • WRONG

      • Frack?

  2. This kinda sucks… I love Ashley but I’ve never seen Sons of Anarchy and really don’t want to take the time to catch up… is this a series I can just jump right in the middle of or are there important plot points in the early seasons that need to be seen rather than described? … and more importantly what’s this show really about?

    • haaaa how can you say this kinda sucks if you’ve never watched the show? Of course you can’t just jump in and watch esp going into a 5th season. You can try but you’ll have no idea what is going on. I also recommend the sugar pucks, they’re excellent.

      • I wasn’t saying the show sucks, I’m not the type to judge a show without seeing at least an episode or 2, I was just stating that to fully enjoy Tisdale’s episodes I now have to find time to watch 4 seasons with of episodes. THAT’S the part the sucks. The show itself will reveal it’s quality once I find time.

        • sorry… “4 seasons WORTH of episodes”

          • im addicted to that show but now shes going to ruin the show!

            • i agree!! lol

    • Seasons 1-3 are up on Netflix and I’m sure you can watch Season 4 somewhere else. I highly recommend you watch the show. It’s one of my favorite on-air shows (Breaking Bad might be higher or lower, kind of tied, actually). It’s a fantastic show with a fantastic cast.

    • no watch it from the begining it is the best show

      • yes it is the best show and anyone who watches it will not be disappointed, trust me. i dont miss a season or episode, NEW SEASON SEPT. 11th.

    • Hey you can’t just jump in to season 5 you would want to watch the first four seasons or you wouldn’t relay know what was going on. The show is about a biker gang with conflicts with other gangs and conflicts though out the SOA it’s self other then that you would have to watch it. I opinion is it is a very well written show and the acting is very well done to boot.

    • No, u cannot just jump right in, unfortunately but it is a great show. If i were u i would try to catch up on at least some of it.

    • It is about an interpretation of Hamlet in Biker form.

  3. How can she find time to bust phinease and ferb?

  4. I’m expecting something along the lines of Blake Lively in the The Town for performance wise. I trust the studio directors. They haven’t let me down yet with a casting decision which is amazing considering the show has been on for more 4 seasons.

  5. Sounds like a good idea to me, I’ve been hooked on SAMCRO for a couple of years, not having watched the series from its premiere on FX given that I ‘cut the cord’ a few years ago and went with streaming via Roku, but having happily cought up via Netflix (Seasons 1 through 3) and Amazon (Season 4,) one of the many aspects that I love about SOA is its creator’s (Kurt Sutter rocks) ability to convincingly emulate life’s unpredictable moments and situations, it keeps the show refreshingly ‘realistic’ which IMO, is one of the most important factors that go in tandem with great actors to make a great show.

  6. I absolutely LOVE this show but good grief. This show is supposed to be about ACTING and good storylines.

    It was bad enough and cringe-worthy with Hasselhof’s brief stint on the show but this dipstick?!? C’MON!!!

  7. i love her and cant wait this season will be the best Jax for president and ashley tisdale for hooker. Why couln’t they get the girls from victorious why they are at it.

  8. “…she’s actually a fairly versatile actress who will probably pull off a sexy escort rather convincingly.”

    She got mad puffy nipples, though.

  9. This is the best show on tv! And if you haven’t watched yet do not do so because of this tiny-bopper! Watch it because it is just bad-ass!

  10. Love this show…..!!!!!!!

  11. Ashley Tisdale is a fox; she could add a lot to SAMCRO and it’s great drama. I’ve see all episodes from the pilot and have never, ever been disappointed. I trust the programs leaders to choose wisely. Tuesday will not arrive soon enough.

  12. I hate when actors/actresses attempt this stunt. It doesn’t work. You made the decision to allow Disney to exploit you as a child. Deal with the consequences of that; rebel, post nude photos on the internet, get accidentally knocked up, and/or develop a drug addiction like you’re expected to. Don’t ruin a fantastic show because you think you’re capable of being anything other than a pop tart. I hope they kill her off in the end. That’s the only way they could justify putting a Disney skank on a show like this.

    • She may do a good job. I hope so.

  13. I can not wait to see Ashley Tisdale cussing up a storm. I may even make my teenage daughter watch it as I always said she was a bad girl…….

    Yay SOA back again!!!! Whoooooo hoooooo!!!!

  14. WHYYYY did they kill of OPIE????? ;o( All bad.

  15. i love this show!!!

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