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 & Josh, and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Hudgens made her screen debut in the 2003 drama film 13 as Noel. She got her first starring role in the 2004 Thunderbirds movie 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.
Her films took on 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 starred 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, then again in 2009, and again in 2011.
Hudgens has European and Native American ancestry on her father's side, while her mother is a Filipina-American.
- 13 (As Noel) (2003)
- Thunderbirds (As Tintin) (2004
- The High School Musical series (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)
- The Frozen Ground (As Cindy Paulson) (2012)
- Spring Breakers (As Candy) (2013)
- Machete Kills (As Cereza) (2013)
- Gimme Shelter (2014) (As Agnes "Apple" Bailey) (shot in 2011, released in 2014)
- Powerless (2017) as Emily Locke
- Dog Days (2018)
- The Princess Switch (2018) as Stacy de Novo and Duchess Margaret
- Polar (2019) as Camille
- Bad Boys for Life (2020)
- My Little Pony: A New Generation (2021) as Sunny Starscout
- Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas (TBA)
- V (2006)
- Identified (2008)
Vanessa's work exhibits these tropes:
- Brownface: She's given skin that's a bit browner than her natural colour to play Tintin in Thunderbirds.
- Ms. Fanservice: Sucker Punch, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Spring Breakers and Frozen Ground all showed her in revealing clothing or nearly nude.