Blake Lively Has a Surprising Connection to ‘High School Musical’

Blake Lively is known not just for her high-powered acting career but for her longtime relationship with Ryan Reynolds as well. The two troll each other frequently on social media, proving that they both have a great sense of humor — and that they don’t take things too seriously.

Blake Lively does, however, take her family relationships very seriously, including her connection with her three young daughters and her sister, Robyn Lively. Interestingly enough, the Lively sisters aren’t the only members of the family who have the acting gene. One of Blake Lively’s relatives even appeared in one of the most popular teen movie franchises of all time. 

High School Musical was released in 2006, a Disney production that quickly became an outrageous success. The film spawned two sequels, a media franchise, a stage production, and much more — and it made stars out of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. It wasn’t just Hudgens and Efron that made a splash in the movie, however. Young performers like Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu became teen icons. 

In the role of Coach Jack Bolton, Troy’s father and a big basketball fan who believes in utter devotion to the game was Bart Johnson, an actor who started appearing in various television shows and films in the mid-90s. Johnson, who acted in productions such as The Client List, My Family, and Hyperion Bay, has a very unique connection to actor Blake Lively. Johnson is married to Blake Lively’s older sister, Robyn Lively, who is also an accomplished actor in her own right. 

Bart Johnson married Robyn Lively in 1999

Bart Johnson and Robyn Lively tied the knot in 1999. The two work hard to keep their romance out of the spotlight, but it is clear that they have had a successful marriage. They have three children, Baylen, Kate, and Wyatt Blake, and live in Hollywood Hills, California, where both Bart Johnson and Robyn Lively work. 

Robyn Lively might not be as easily recognizable as her famous younger sister, but she’s made a name for herself in her own right, acting in a wide variety of TV shows, from Twin Peaks, Savannah, Saving Grace, and Doogie Howser, M.D. Lively has been acting since she was six years old, and when she was 19, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in a special episode of the 1991 ABC Afterschool Special. It’s clear that Blake Lively took a lot of her inspiration for her own career from her talented older sister. 

Have Blake Lively and Robyn Lively ever worked together?

Blake Lively attends 'The Rhythm Section' New York Screening on January 27, 2020.
Blake Lively attends ‘The Rhythm Section’ New York Screening on January 27, 2020. | Dominik Bindl/WireImage

While it doesn’t look like Blake Lively has ever worked on a major project with her brother-in-law Bart Johnson, she’s certainly spent a lot of time with Johnson and his family. Both Blake Lively and Robyn Lively have shared many pictures on social media of their favorite times together, with Robyn Lively sharing some sweet snaps of the two sisters at high-profile events like New York Fashion Week. The two are obviously super close — and that affection extends to the relationship between Johnson and Blake Lively. 

One picture that Johnson shared on Instagram referenced Lively as being his “sister and bestest friend,” according to Teen Vogue. Johnson even gave a special shout-out to Ryan Reynolds, calling the Deadpool star a “legend.” With how close the family is, it is very likely that the group could work together at some point in the future.

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