Vanessa Hudgens
American actor
Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer. Hudgens rose to prominence playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. Hudgens also has appeared in several television programs including Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers García, Drake & Josh, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. In 2009, she earned critical acclaim for her role in the film Bandslam.
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Vanessa Hudgens Is Still Really Into Hippie Style
Yahoo News - 26 days
Vanessa Hudgens wore a maxi dress on The Tonight Show. Vanessa Hudgens might be a ’90s child, but she’s become known for her 1970s-inspired style. The Powerless star stepped onstage in a ribbed maxi-dress by Ronny Kobo.
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Ashley Tisdale And Vanessa Hudgens Reunite For A Lovely Acoustic Duet
Huffington Post - about 2 months
“High School Musical” fans, you’re in for a treat.  On Tuesday, Ashley Tisdale shared a video on her YouTube channel featuring special guest (and BFF) Vanessa Hudgens. In the clip, the two ― who played Sharpay and Gabriella in the “HSM” films ― perform a wonderful acoustic rendition of Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s.” It’s just what we’ve been looking for.  As it turns out, this is the duo’s first duet together ― as they note in the video, they didn’t get one in any of the “HSM” movies, much to their disappointment. This performance definitely makes up for that. It also makes us miss “High School Musical” more than we already did.  Will the Wildcats ever get back in the house? We can dream.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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2016 Is The Year Of Celebrities Apologizing For Cultural Appropriation
Huffington Post - 4 months
Celebrity trends come and go, but the stigma of cultural appropriation sticks around forever. At least you can try to make up for your mistakes with an apology. Chris Hemsworth, Lily Allen and “Saved by the Bell” actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar are three celebrities who’ve recently come forward to say they’re sorry for past costumes, music videos and TV episodes that wrongly mock and steal from cultures not their own.  On Tuesday, Lily Allen backtracked to the year 2013 to apologize for an egregious mistake she made in her music video for “Hard Out Here.” The British singer, who is white, used women of color as props in the video, having them twerk in the background while she dances in front of them.  “I was guilty of appropriating when I did a video called ‘Hard Out Here,’” Allen said on BBC Radio 1 show The Exchange, “which, the intention behind it [was], I definitely wanted to make a feminist statement. But I was guilty of thinking ― assuming ― that there was a one-size-fits-all ...
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Disney's Hidden Secrets That Only Celebs Know
Huffington Post - 5 months
Photo via Chloe Rice/Disney Parks/Getty Images. If Disneyland is the place where dreams come true, it's only natural that your chances of bumping into beloved actresses and pop stars are way, way bigger there. Celebrities love spending the day at Disneyland. Believe it or not, it's much easier to spot Adele exiting a ride or John Stamos buying a churro than it is to grab last-minute spots for the parade down Main Street, U.S.A. -- you just need to know where to look. We're not condoning any celebrity stalking, of course. After all, they deserve to take the day off, too. We're simply giving you a heads-up to the number of Hollywood heroes that visit Disney all the time in case you want to keep an eye out on your next trip to the happiest place on Earth. With the insider tips ahead, catching a glimpse of Ariana Grande or the Kardashian clan is practically guaranteed. Keep your eyes peeled for red tartan. Celebrities at Disneyland are often escorted around by a VIP tour guid ...
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Vanessa Hudgens and Kohl's kick off school year in South L.A.
LATimes - 6 months
As kids across the U.S. head back to school, Vanessa Hudgens certainly can relate. The actress remembers vividly the routine she followed at the start of the new academic year and the one ensemble that stuck out in her mind. “It was literally polyester shorts with a matching button-down T-shirt...
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Let Vanessa Hudgens Be A Lesson That Instagram Can Be Used Against You
Huffington Post - 10 months
To all those who Instagram with reckless abandon, take note.  This past Valentine's Day, Vanessa Hudgens and her actor boyfriend, Austin Butler, visited a protected rock formation in Sedona, Arizona. To express their young love, the two carved their names and a heart into the red rock. Unfortunately, the social media documentation gave authorities ample evidence to pursue a misdemeanor count of damaging a natural feature on U.S. Forest Service land, the Associated Press reports.   So not (Say) OK. Hudgens has now reportedly paid a $1,000 fine to resolve the crime, which is punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum $5,000 citation. The money from Hudgens' fine will go toward helping a volunteer group called Friends of the Forest restore the rock wall, according to the AP. This rock and others found in the Coconino National Forest are apparently vandalized all the time, but because of Hudgens' celebrity status, authorities were made aware of the crime. Hudgens ...
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NBC orders DC Comics-based 'Powerless' with Vanessa Hudgens
Yahoo News - 10 months
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A comedy series starring Vanessa Hudgens and set in the DC Comics world is coming to NBC.
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Vanessa Hudgens Opens Up About Losing Her Father To Cancer
Huffington Post - 10 months
Vanessa Hudgens speaks about the loss of her father, Gregory, in the latest issue of People magazine. Hudgens' dad died in January of this year after battling stage 4 cancer.  "There are highs and there are lows," Hudgens said, crediting her mother's strength for getting her through this tough time. "It sucks, but death happens. It never makes it easier but it happens to all of us. It's just something we have to get through until we all meet again in heaven." The actress added, "Life is about perspective. The way you choose to see your life is the way your life is going to become."  Hudgens lost her father only hours before she was set to appear in Fox's "Grease: Live," and dedicated the show to him. The "High School Musical" star ended up giving one of the best performances of her career, drawing praise and support from the likes of Demi Lovato, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ashley Tisdale and more.  My daddy and I ❤️❤️❤️ Please pray for his healing!!! The more prayer ...
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7 Celebrity Face Swaps That'll Definitely Give You Nightmares
Huffington Post - 11 months
A hot new trend is sweeping the nation and haunting our dreams: face swapping. As if technology wasn't scary enough, Snapchat decided to curse us with the ability to see what our faces would look like on someone else. And people can't get enough of it. Now beautiful celebrities are jumping in on the trend, and the results are chilling ... in a super funny kind of way. Here are 7 celebrity face swaps that'll give you nightmares: 1. Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez. @vanessahudgens -just awful A video posted by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Apr 8, 2016 at 10:38pm PDT It just goes to show you that celebs are normal just like everyone and -- OH MY GOD! 2.  Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian. We're just going to leave @kourtneykardash and @ScottDisick's face swap pic here for you to start your Monday with: — Kardashians on E! (@KUWTK) March 21, 2016 WOW. Please, just no. 3. Ryan Seacrest a ...
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Did Vanessa Hudgens deface Sedona rocks?
CNN - about 1 year
"Grease: Live!" star Vanessa Hudgens and model/actor boyfriend Austin Butler are in a bit of hot water after a romantic Valentine's Day weekend in Sedona, Arizona.
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Vanessa Hudgens in hot water for alleged vandalism
CNN - about 1 year
"Grease: Live!" star Vanessa Hudgens and model/actor boyfriend Austin Butler are in a bit of hot water after a romantic Valentine's Day weekend in Sedona, Arizona.
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Vanessa Hudgens Reaches Out To Fans After 'Grease: Live' And Father's Death
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Vanessa Hudgens wants to thank you.  The former Disney star received an outpouring of support after announcing her father's death on Twitter ahead of her "Grease: Live" performance Sunday, and made sure to extend her deepest gratitude to her many fans in a message posted Monday night.  Hudgens took the stage in Fox's live, televised production of "Grease" only hours after her father, Greg, died. Her performance as the pinkest of pink ladies, Betty Rizzo, earned Hudgens some of the best reviews of her career, and no doubt contributed to making the production the most successful TV musical since 2013's "The Sound of Music." "I can't believe @gogrease is OVER! Grand opening and grand closing. Thank you to everyone who watched & supported me last night. Doing #greaselive was one of the most incredible experiences and I'm so glad you guys liked it as much as I did. Till next time Rizz ... #pinkladyforlife," she captioned a photo from her stirring rendition of "There Are Wors ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vanessa Hudgens
  • 2016
    Age 27
    In May 2016, Hudgens paid $1,000 in restitution for damage of U.S. Forest Service property by carving the initials of her and Butler's names within a heart on a rock in the Coconino National Forest and displaying it on her personal Instagram feed.
    More Details Hide Details Hudgens was raised Catholic, but did not feel connected to that denomination of Christianity. She is a non-denomination Christian and often attends Hillsongs Church. On September 6, 2007, photos of Hudgens appeared online, one showing her posing in lingerie and another showing her nude. A statement from her publicist claims that the photo was 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". Hudgens subsequently released a statement indicating that she declined to comment further on the subject. OK! magazine speculated that Hudgens would be dropped from High School Musical 3 as a result of the images, but The Walt Disney Company denied this, saying, "Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she's learned a valuable lesson."
    On January 31, 2016, Hudgens starred in the coveted role of Rizzo in Grease: Live, Fox's live broadcast based on the original Broadway musical.
    More Details Hide Details Hudgens dedicated her performance to her father, Greg, who died from cancer one day before the special aired. Hudgens was cast in a pilot for a TV comedy series titled Powerless, which is based on DC Comics characters.
  • 2015
    Age 26
    In 2015, Hudgens took on the title role in the new production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's Gigi, which opened at the Kennedy Center from January 16 to February 12, before transferring to Broadway on April 8.
    More Details Hide Details The production closed on June 21.
  • 2011
    Age 22
    In November 2011, Hudgens announced on her official website that she would be starring with Selena Gomez and James Franco in Spring Breakers.
    More Details Hide Details The film followed four college-aged girls who decide to rob a fast food restaurant in order to pay for their spring break. It was released theatrically in March 2013, receiving generally positive reviews. The film featured mature themes such as drug use, sexual escapades, and violence. To coincide with the film, Hudgens later released the dubstep influenced song "$$$ex", with a music video featuring clips from the film. The song features guest vocals from YLA, and was produced by Rock Mafia.
    In April 2011, it was reported that she would star in Gimme Shelter with Brendan Fraser, a film written and directed by Ron Krauss.
    More Details Hide Details Hudgens also plays Cindy Paulson in The Frozen Ground (2013), a film based on the Robert Hansen case wherein she plays as his only victim who escaped. She co-stars with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage.
    The film was released in March 2011, and grossed $19 million in its first weekend at the North American box office, opening at number two.
    More Details Hide Details By the end of its run, Sucker Punch totaled $89 million worldwide. Though the film's content was derided, it received some recognition for the visual effects of the fantasy sequences. Sucker Punch received a nomination at the 2011 Scream Awards for Best F/X, and its stunt work was nominated for a Taurus Award.
  • 2010
    Age 21
    In October 2010, Hudgens joined the cast of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), the sequel to the 2008 film Journey to the Center of the Earth, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson, playing Hutcherson's love interest.
    More Details Hide Details The film earned $325 million worldwide during its theatrical run, which outperformed its predecessor. It received generally mixed to negative reviews from critics. The consensus from Rotten Tomatoes is: "Aggressively unambitious, Journey 2 might thrill teen viewers, but most others will find it too intense for young audiences and too cartoonishly dull for adults".
  • 2009
    Age 20
    Hudgens' involvement in Beastly, a film based on Alex Flinn's novel of the same name, was announced in early 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She played one of the main characters in the film, Linda Taylor. Hudgens described her as, " the "beauty" of the story but not the stereotypical beauty everyone thinks of." Along with Beastly co-star, Alex Pettyfer, Hudgens was recognized as ShoWest stars of Tomorrow. Beastly, which also starred Mary-Kate Olsen, was released on March 4, 2011. Beastly received mostly negative reviews, earning a 20% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes from 89 reviews, with an average rating of 3.7/10. It was ranked No. 45 in The Times predicted "50 Biggest Movies of 2010". The film was screened at ShoWest and it drew enthusiastic reactions from the luncheon crowd of exhibition officials. The film went on to make $28 million worldwide as of 2012. Hudgens was also cast as one of the five female leads in the action film Sucker Punch, directed by Zack Snyder. She played Blondie, an institutionalized girl in an asylum.
    Following the completion of the High School Musical series, Hudgens confirmed that she was taking a break from her music career to focus more on acting. She played a supporting role in a musical comedy Bandslam, which was released theatrically on August 14, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Hudgens plays "Sa5m", a 15-year-old awkward freshman with untapped talents. Although Bandslam was commercially unsuccessful, Hudgens's performance received praise from critics. David Waddington of the North Wales Pioneer noted that Hudgens "outshines the rest of the cast, failing to fit in with the outcast narrative and making the inevitable climactic ending all the more expected", and Philip French of The Guardian compared her acting to Thandie Newton and Dorothy Parker. Hudgens made a return to theater productions and starred in the musical Rent as Mimi. The stage production ran from August 6–8, 2010 at the Hollywood Bowl. Her involvement in the production drew negative comments, but director Neil Patrick Harris defended his decision with casting Hudgens by saying, "Vanessa Hudgens is awesome. She's a friend. I asked her to come in and sing to make sure she had the chops for it. And she was very committed and seemed great."
  • 2008
    Age 19
    Hudgens went on to reprise her role as Gabriella in the 2008 sequel High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the first film from the franchise to be released theatrically. It opened at number one at the North American box office in October 2008, earning $42 million in its first weekend, which broke the record previously held by Mamma Mia! for the biggest opening by a musical.
    More Details Hide Details The film finished with $252 million worldwide, which exceeded Disney's expectations.
    Her second studio album, Identified, was released on July 1, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details It sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release, 12,000 less than that of her previous effort. Despite the drop in sales, the album debuted at number 23, one spot higher than V. The album was preceded by one single, "Sneakernight", which was her lowest performing single in the US to date. It was a success on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart in the US, where it peaked at number 8. Following the commercial failure of the album, it was announced that Hudgens had parted ways with Hollywood Records.
  • 2007
    Age 18
    Brian Schall sued Hudgens in 2007 for an alleged "breach of contract"; according to the suit, Schall claims he advanced costs and expenses on Hudgens' behalf for her songwriting and recording career.
    More Details Hide Details Schall claims Hudgens owed him $150,000 after helping her earn more than $5 million for her music career. Hudgens argued that she was a 16-year-old minor when she signed the contract in October 2005, and therefore too young to do so. She subsequently disaffirmed it on October 9, 2008. Papers filed in court by her lawyer say California's Family Code "provides that the contract of a minor is voidable and may be disaffirmed before (age 18) or within a reasonable time afterward." In 2008, Hudgens was sued by Johnny Vieira, who claims he was owed a share of Hudgens' advances, royalties and merchandising revenue in exchange for his management services. Vieira accuses Hudgens of abandoning her talent team as soon as she became a commercial name. In early May 2009, the case was settled. Headlining Opening act
    In 2007, Hudgens began work on her second studio album, partly due to the success of the High School Musical franchise.
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    In 2007, work on the second film in the High School Musical series began, and Hudgens was confirmed to be returning for the sequel.
    More Details Hide Details High School Musical 2 was released on August 17, 2007. The premiere was seen by a total of over 17.2 million viewers in the U.S., which is almost 10 million more than its predecessor, making it the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie of all time. Disney Channel aired a weekly program called Road to High School Musical 2, beginning on June 8, 2007, and leading up to the premiere of High School Musical 2 in August. The show offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the movie. The world premiere of the opening number "What Time Is It" was on Radio Disney May 25, 2007, and similarly "You Are The Music In Me" premiered on July 13, 2007. The film was generally well received by critics, gaining a score of 77/100 at Metacritic, while it received a generally mixed response of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. USA Todays Robert Bianco awarded the film three stars out of four, saying High School Musical 2 was "sweet, smart, bursting with talent and energy, and awash in innocence". While critics enjoyed the film, they noted that the timing of the movie's premiere seemed odd, premiering just when school was about to start up again, while the movie's plot involved the gang going on summer vacation. High School Musical 2 won the "So Hot Right Now" award at the Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2007 in which High School Musical cast mate, Zac Efron hosted with The Veronicas.
  • 2006
    Age 17
    This led to Hudgens releasing her debut album, V, on September 26, 2006 which entered the Billboard 200 at number 24, and was later certified gold.
    More Details Hide Details Her second album, Identified, was released on July 1, 2008 in the United States. Since the release of her albums and the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has focused on her acting career. She has appeared in the films Bandslam (2009), Beastly (2011), Sucker Punch (2011), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), Spring Breakers (2013), and Machete Kills (2013). She has also played the title role in the Broadway musical Gigi in 2015, and the role of Rizzo in Grease: Live in 2016. Hudgens was born in Salinas, California, and lived with her parents along the West Coast, from Oregon to Southern California. Her mother, Gina (née Guangco), held a succession of office jobs, and her father, Gregory Hudgens, was a firefighter. She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress. She was raised as a Roman Catholic. Her father was of Irish and Native American descent, and her mother, a native of Manila, Philippines, is of Filipino descent. All of her grandparents were musicians.
  • 2005
    Age 16
    Hudgens began a relationship with High School Musical co-star Zac Efron in 2005. The couple became a frequent target for the media, and in turn the BBC predicted that Hudgens would be a "household name" in the US. They ended their relationship after five years in December 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Hudgens is very close friends with actress Ashley Tisdale, whom she met when they both starred in the film High School Musical; Hudgens was a bridesmaid at Tisdale's wedding on September 8, 2014. Hudgens has been in a relationship with actor Austin Butler since 2011.
    In 2005, Hudgens was cast as Gabriella Montez, one of the lead roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical.
    More Details Hide Details The film saw Hudgens portraying the new girl at high school who falls for the captain of the basketball team. The two later reveal a passion for singing, and audition for the school play together. Hudgens starred alongside Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale in the film, the former of which she was partnered up with during the auditioning process due to their "chemistry". The film, released on January 20, 2006, was both a critical and commercial success. High School Musical was Disney Channel's most watched film that year with 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast in the US, until August's premiere of The Cheetah Girls 2, which achieved 8.1 million viewers. In the UK, it received 789,000 viewers for its premiere (and 1.2 million viewers overall during the first week), making it the second most watched program for the Disney Channel (UK) of 2006. On December 29, 2006, it became the first Disney Channel Original Movie to be broadcast on the BBC. For the film, Hudgens recorded numerous songs which had commercial success. The song "Breaking Free", a duet with Zac Efron, went on to become Hudgens' only Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 to date, when it peaked at number 4 on the chart. The song also reached number 9 in the UK, her highest chart entry in the country. Following the success of the film, Hudgens began work on her debut album.
  • 2004
    Age 15
    Hudgens subsequently landed a role in the 2004 science fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds, based on the television series of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details Hudgens portrayed the character of Tin-tin. The film was a commercial failure and was strongly criticized for "abandoning the original concepts".
  • 2003
    Age 14
    She had her feature film debut in the 2003 film Thirteen, a teenage drama in which Hudgens had a supporting role.
    More Details Hide Details She had mainstream success following the release of the High School Musical trilogy, and her relationship with co-star Zac Efron was heavily publicized. Her appearance in the series helped make her a household name. Songs from the films also charted worldwide, with the song "Breaking Free" peaking inside the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 2002
    Age 13
    Hudgens had her first acting role in an episode of the sitcom Still Standing, in which she portrayed Tiffany. Following her appearance on the series, she guest starred in an episode of the series Robbery Homicide Division, airing on CBS in 2002. 2003 saw Hudgens making her theatrical debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen, in which she had the supporting role of Noel.
    More Details Hide Details The film, which revolved around teenager Tracy trying to fit in and getting caught up in the wrong crowd, was somewhat of a commercial success, grossing $10 million worldwide. Despite its minor commercial success, the film received positive critical reviews. It has an 82% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and USA Today called Thirteen the most "powerful of all recent wayward-youth sagas".
  • 1988
    Born on December 14, 1988.
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