Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born December 14, 1988 in Salinas, California. She grew up in San Diego, and at 5″4, is 21 years old.
Vanessa’s background appeals to a variety of ethnic groups and cultures, like
Native American, Irish, Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish… no wonder she’s so
pretty! Eight of Vanessa’s grandparents were musicians. Stella Hudgens,
Vanessa’s younger sister, is also an actress.
When Vanessa was 8 years old, she began performing and singing. She appeared in local productions such as Evita, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, The King and I, and Damn
Yankees. Vanessa starred on the big screen in Thirteen , where she played Noel. Thirteen was
nominated for an Oscar in 2003! The following year, Vanessa started working on
Thunderbirds, which also came out in theaters.
Vanessa has guest-starred on Quintuplets, Still Standing, Cover
Me, The Brothers Garcia, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and
Drake and Josh, as Drake’s girlfriend. But, her career
finally exploded when she starred in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL as Gabriella Montez.
She and Zac Efron won the “Best Chemistry” Award at the 2006 Teen Choice
Awards! Vanessa has also appeared on swim wear commercials for Old
In June 2006, she signed a recording contract with
Hollywood Records. Her album, “V”, was released in September
2006! She performed at the Cheetah Girls concert that traveled from coast to
coast and was a big hit. Just a few months later, Vanessa went on tour with her
buddies from HSM. Going nationwide, Vanessa has definitely wowed her
Vanessa got even bigger when the sequel to the HSM Phenomenon came out, High School Musical 2, Sing It All or Nothing! She then admitted to dating co-star Zac Efron and the two were seen on a romantic trip to Hawaii in May of 07! That year she also signed on as a spokes model for Neutrogena and RED by Mark Ecko!
On September 6, 2007, controversy erupted after nude photos of Vanessa surfaced online. A statement from her publicist claims that the photos were taken privately and it was “unfortunate” that they were released on the Internet. Hudgens later apologized, saying that she was “embarrassed over the situation” and regretted having “taken [those] photos”. Disney Channel spokeswoman Patti McTeague indicated that Disney will still be working with Hudgens, stating, “Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.” No matter what, all of her fans will continue to support her in whatever she does and she handled the situation very well.
In 2008, Vanessa released her 2nd album titled “Identified”, which really shows how much she has progressed since the first High School Musical. Vanessa also made it to the big screen October 24 of 2008 with “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”! It was a hit, a great way to end the trilogy! Moving on with her career, Vanessa filmed a movie outside of Disney with Aly Michalka, called “Bandslam” where she plays a much different character than Gabriella, which which was released in July 2009.
2011 is going to be a big year for Vanessa. She has 3 movies being released in theaters this year, the first of which is Beastly. Beastly is a modern Beauty in the Beast for the teen crowd. Nessa also has the movie Sucker Punch coming out March 25. Sucker Punch is Nessa’s first action movie with Zack Snyder, the director of Watchmen. Finally, the movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island will be released in September and stars Vanessa, Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, and more! In early 2011, she also became the spokesmodel for Candies clothing line which is sold at Kohls.
Written by Jessie, Sophie, and edited by Ariana and Jamie.
Information from various sources. [Last edited- 2/19/11]