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  • Billing Displacement: Thanks to Retroactive Recognition, newer editions of Thunderbirds have her front and centre even though Tin-Tin isn't a lead.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: She auditioned for the role of Lovable Alpha Bitch Charlotte in Bandslam and was instead cast as the Cool Loser Sa5m.
  • Contractual Purity:
    • Encountered it while she was still with Disney. There was a scandal involving nude photos of her that got leaked - never mind that they were private. Nonetheless she wasn't dropped from the third High School Musical movie, despite speculation. She said the scandal affected her career in an odd way; she's been asked to do nudity since and when she's declined, people would express surprise since "you've already done it".
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    • The scandal may not have helped her break out of it, but as soon as she left Disney she opted for darker and more sexual roles in Sucker Punch and Spring Breakers.
  • Creator Backlash: She allegedly despised the sex scene with James Franco in Spring Breakers so much, she told her agent she'd rather kiss another woman than lock lips with him again.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • She played pregnant teenager Apple in Gimme Shelter; she was 22 during production.
    • She was in her twenties playing the high schooler Lindy in Beastly.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Chopped off her own hair on screen for a scene in the film Gimme Shelter. For continuity reasons she had to keep it in its haphazard cut for the rest of filming.
    • Endured severe weight and weapons training for Sucker Punch that she found especially tough.
    • Averted for Spring Breakers as she just wore a wig.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • To prepare for Gimme Shelter, she lived in a real shelter for two weeks.
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    • For the sequence in Sucker Punch where Blondie is firing a machine gun at a dragon, Zack Snyder was operating the camera and throwing various Pre Ass Kicking One Liners at Vanessa for her to use.
  • Fake Nationality: As Indian Tin-Tin, Mexican-American Gabriella, Italian-American Rizzo, and on Broadway, French Gigi. She's of Caucasian, Filipino and Native American ancestry in reality.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Most of her post-High School Musical movies have had her playing characters who aren't nearly as sweet as they look.
    • In fact, while she was playing the shy Gabriella on High School Musical, she was also playing a Genki Girl Connie on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
  • Real-Life Relative: Her mother Gina has a cameo in Gimme Shelter.
  • Reality Subtext: Blondie's breakdown in Sucker Punch paralleled Vanessa's own Creator Breakdown at how tough the preparation for it was.
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  • Romance on the Set: Famously with Zac Efron. They split up in 2010.
  • Talent Double: Although she did learn to play guitar for Bandslam, the actual music is dubbed by Jason Mozersky.
  • Those Two Actors: She's starred with Ashley Tisdale and Monique Coleman in the High School Musical franchise as well as The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
  • What Could Have Been: Before getting signed by Disney, she had planned to audition for American Idol.
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