Biography

Personal life

Vanessa Hudgens was born in Salinas, California and grew up in San Diego. She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, an aspiring actress. Her parents are Greg Hudgens and Gina Guangco. In regards to her ethnic background, Vanessa was quoted:

“Pretty much I’m Filipino and Caucasian, but within that, I’m Spanish, Chinese, American Indian, Irish.”[3]

All of her grandparents were musicians during the Big Band period. Starting at the age of eight, Hudgens performed in musical theater as a singer, and appeared in local productions of Evita, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, and Cinderella, among others. Hudgens successfully auditioned for a commercial and subsequently moved to Los Angeles with her family, with whom she is still close. Though growing up as an actress she has very few friends namely Zoey 101‘s Alexa Nikolas, Hannah Montana‘s Miley Cyrus and her Filipino friend Adrianne Galvez, also High School Musical castmates: Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale.

Acting career

Hudgens made her feature debut in Thirteen as Noel and appeared in the 2004 summer film, Thunderbirds as Tintin. Her television appearances include guest roles on Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers Garcia and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, as Corrie, a classmate of Maddie and London. Hudgens also appeared on Drake & Josh, playing Drake’s girlfriend, Rebecca.

Hudgens’ largest role among teenage audiences has been starring opposite Zac Efron in the Disney Channel Original Movie, High School Musical, which premiered in January of 2006; BBC News specified that the film’s success turned Hudgens into a “household name” in North America.[4] Hudgens and Efron won the “Best Chemistry” award at the Teen Choice Awards for their roles.[5]

As a result of the film’s popularity, Hudgens was offered a contract by Old Navy to appear in multiple commercials for the company. Hudgens had previously appeared in a swimwear commercial for the company in 2005.[6] She also appeared in a Blockbuster commercial for no late fees, as the teenage daughter. Also, Hudgens is set to be the new face of Neutrogena in 2007, appearing in both film and print ads. Hudgens participated in the Disney Channel Games 2006, which was filmed in April of 2006 and aired two months later. However, neither Hudgens nor her High School Musical co-star Zac Efron will be participating in the 2007 Disney Channel Games.

Hudgens finished filming High School Musical 2 on April 13 2007, in St. George and Salt Lake City, Utah. In both films, Hudgens stars as shy, intelligent Gabriella Montez. The film is scheduled to be shown on the Disney Channel on August 17 2007.

Singing career

Hudgens’ debut album, entitled V, was released in early September 2006. She is signed with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned record label. A music video for her first single, “Come Back To Me“, premiered during after the world premiere of The Cheetah Girls 2 in late August. The unofficial music video for her second single, “Say OK“, was first shown following the premiere of Disney’s Jump In! in late January 2007. The official music video premiered on March 16th and featured Zac Efron as her love interest.

V was certified Gold in March.[7]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Still Standing Tiffany Episode: “Still Rocking”
Robbery Homicide Division Nicole at 10 Episode: “Had”
2003 Thirteen Noel
The Brothers Garcia Lindsey Episode: “New Tunes”
2004 Thunderbirds Tintin
2005 Quintuplets Carmen Episode: “Coconut Kapow”
2006 High School Musical Gabriella Montez Disney Channel Original Movie
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Corrie Episodes: “Kept Man“, “Neither a Borrower Nor a Speller Bee“, “Not So Suite 16“, “Forever Plaid“, & ” Aptitude
2007 High School Musical 2 Gabriella Montez Disney Channel Original Movie

Discography

Albums

Album Cover Album Information
V

Soundtracks

Album Cover Album Information
High School Musical Soundtrack

Singles

Year Title Album Chart positions[8][9]
2006 Breaking Free
(Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens featuring Drew Seeley)
High School Musical OST 4 9 13 4 17 54 3
“Start of Something New”
(Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens featuring Drew Seeley)
28
“What I’ve Been Looking For (Reprise)”
(Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens featuring Drew Seeley)
67
“We’re All In This Together”
(featuring High School Musical Cast)
34 40 89 14 31
“Stick to the Status Quo”
(featuring High School Musical Cast)
43 74
“When There Was Me and You” 72
Come Back to Me V 55 36 20 6 58 12 17
2007 Say OK 61 TBR TBR TBR TBR TBR TBR TBR

Other songs

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