Vanessa Hudgens’ BiographyVanessa Anne Hudgens is a bright emerging star of the new generation; she gained popularity after the teen series High School Musical where she demonstrated outstanding acting skills and a gentle heartfelt voice.
ChildhoodVanessa, the eldest daughter of Gregory Hudgens and Gina Guangco, was born in Salinas, California on December 14, 1988. Her father was a firefighter and her mother was a municipal official. The actress’s exotic looks originate from a mixture of various nationalities: Indian and Irish on her father’s side, Asian and Spanish on her mother’s side.
In the early 2000s, the Hudgens moved to Los Angeles which provided more opportunities for Vanessa to pursue her career. In Los Angeles, Vanessa took part in her first TV shows, in the series The Brothers Garcia and Still Standing. In one of the auditions she met the young actor Taylor Lautner; this acquaintance would later grow into a strong friendship.
Creative Career BeginsIn 2003 Vanessa enrolled in the High School of the Arts. In the same year, she made her big-screen debut by playing a secondary role in the low-budget criminal drama movie Thirteen; the movie was dedicated to the problem of teenagers’ relationships with parents, as well as drugs and early sex.
In the summer of 2008, Hudgens released her second album Identified which wasn’t as commercially successful as the first one; the actress announced that she would take a break from her music career to focus on acting.
The Prime of CareerIn the 2009 musical movie Bandslam Vanessa co-stars with Alyson Michalka, Ryan Donowho, and Lisa Kudrow. The music in the movie creates the background against which the characters fall in love and make plans for their future. Vanessa’s acting and songs resonated with the audiences.
In Zack Snyder’s fantasy thriller Sucker Punch Vanessa was cast as one of the lead roles along with Emily Browning, Jamie Chung, and Abbie Cornish. Vanessa plays Blondie, one of the girls locked up in a brothel. It is known that Hudgens agreed to play this role in order to get rid of the image of a good girl, attributed to her by the critics.
In 2018 the actress added another lead role to her filmography: in the movie Dog Days she co-stars with Nina Dobrev and the young Finn Wolfhard, the star of the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King's It.
Vanessa Hudgens’ Personal LifeVanessa has the reputation of a real heart-breaker. She dated Zac Efron during the making of High School Musical. They were considered to be one of the most beautiful and inseparable couples among young Hollywood actors. The fans gave them a collective nickname Zanessa.
The actress’s next partner was the actor Josh Hutcherson, 4 years her junior. Their relationship lasted for 5 years, from 2011 to 2015.