Vanessa Anne Hudgens (born December 14, 1988) is an American actress and singer. As an actress, she guest starred in television shows like ''Quintuplets'', ''Series/StillStanding'', ''The Brothers Garcia'', ''Series/DrakeAndJosh,'' and ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''. Hudgens made her screen debut in the 2003 drama film ''Film/{{Thirteen}}'' as Noel. She got her first starring role in the 2004 science-fiction-adventure film ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' as Tintin.

Hudgens garnered prominence with her portrayal of the fictional character Gabriella Montez in the ''Film/HighSchoolMusical 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 ''Literature/{{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 ''Film/SuckerPunch'', a film where she plays a mental patient with depression and anger issues. In 2013, she starred in ''Film/SpringBreakers'' with fellow Disney star Music/SelenaGomez, ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' star Creator/AshleyBenson, ''Series/{{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, then again in 2009, and again in 2011.
!!Notable Movies:
* ''Film/{{Thirteen}}'' (As Noel) (2003)
* ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' (As Tintin) (2004
* The ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' series (As Gabriella) (2006-2008)
* ''{{Bandslam}}'' (As S-a-5-M) (2009)
* ''Literature/{{Beastly}}'' (As Lindy Taylor) (2011)
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' (As Blondie) (2011)
* ''[[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth Journey]] [[{{Sequel}} 2]]: [[TheMysteriousIsland The Mysterious Island]]'' (As Kailani) (2012)
* ''Frozen Ground'' (As Cindy Paulson) (2012)
* ''Film/SpringBreakers'' (As Candy) (2013)
* ''Film/MacheteKills'' (As Cereza) (2013)
* ''Gimme Shelter'' (As Apple) (shot in 2011, released in 2014)

* ''V'' (2006)
* ''Identified'' (2008)
!!Vanessa exhibits these tropes:
* AmbiguouslyBrown: She is of Irish, Native American, Chinese, Filipino, and Spanish descent. Her [[Film/HighSchoolMusical best known role]] is as a Latina girl.
* TheCutie
* DawsonCasting: She played pregnant teenager Apple in ''Gimme Shelter''; she was 22 during production.
* {{Fanservice}}: ''Film/SuckerPunch'', ''[[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth Journey 2: The Mysterious Island]]'', ''Film/SpringBreakers'', ''Frozen Ground''... yep.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With ''[[Film/HighSchoolMusical HSM]]'' co-star Music/AshleyTisdale.
* PlayingAgainstType: Most of her post-''High School Musical'' movies have had her playing characters who aren't nearly as sweet as they look.
* PrettyInMink: She has worn some furs, like [[*updated* a white mink jacket]] to the Paris premiere of ''The Mysterious Island''.