Vanessa Anne Hudgens (born December 14, 1988) is an American actress and singer. As an actress, she guest starred in television shows like Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers Garcia, Drake and Josh, and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Hudgens made her screen debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen as Noel. She got her first starring role in the 2004 science-fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds as Tintin.
Hudgens garnered prominence with her portrayal of the fictional character Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. She earned critical acclaim for her role as Sa5m (the 5 is silent) in the 2009 film Bandslam.
Hudgens' debut album V was released on September 26, 2006. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number twenty four, and was later certified Gold. Hudgens released her second album, Identified, on July 1, 2008 in the U.S. She has since taken a break from her music career.
Recently her films have taken a more darker tone. She has done Beastly, a more mature film of the idea of Beauty and The Beast made up to date, where she plays the beauty, but with real family issues and fitting in problems, and Sucker Punch a film where she plays a mental patient with depression and anger issues. In 2013, She will star in Spring Breakers with fellow Disney star Selena Gomez, Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson, Glee star Heather Morris, and James Franco.
Hudgens' fame has also been marked by scandal caused by the release of private, self-taken nude photographs of herself on the Internet without her permission, first in 2007, and then in again in 2009.
- Thirteen (As Noel) (2003)
- Thunderbirds (As Tintin) (2004
- High School Musical (As Gabriella) (2006-2008)
- Bandslam (As S-a-5-M) (2009)
- Beastly (As Lindy Taylor) (2011)
- Sucker Punch (As Blondie) (2011)
- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (As Kailani) (2012)
- Spring Breakers (As Elsa) (2013)
- V (2006)
- Identified (2008)
Vanessa exhibits these tropes:
- Ambiguously Brown
- But Not Too Foreign: She has Filipino, Spanish and Irish ancestry.
- The Cutie
- Heterosexual Life Partners: With HSM co-star Ashley Tisdale.
- Pretty in Mink: She has worn some furs, like a white mink jacket to the Paris premiere of The Mysterious Island.