Smart is known as a kidnapping victim-turned-victims' advocate. So she was taken aback when she was approached about The Masked Dancer. "I have never done anything like this before," she tells EW. "I'm not a dancer. I've never trained. That's not my forte in life. And when they first asked me, I had this moment of disbelief and shock. I mean, are you sure you have the right phone number? Are you sure you're talking to the right person?" Smart says she does have a connection with judge Ashley Tisdale: High School Musical was filmed at her high school. As for her decision to sign on for The Masked Dancer, Smart says: "I just thought, this has already been a hard year, so why not do something that's fun? Why not do something that brings a little bit of light to my life and maybe to people watching? I mean, why not? Life, for all its seriousness, I think it's also good to have fun. And I think it's also good to do something outside of your comfort zone, or at least it is for me. So, I guess for me more than anyone else, I just wanted to do something fun. It's okay to have fun."