Vanessa HudgensVanessa Anne Hudgens was born in Salinas, California and grew up in San Diego; she has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress. Her father, Greg Hudgens, is of Irish and Native American descent and her mother, Gina Guangco, was born in the Philippines and is of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish descent. All of her grandparents were musicians during the Big band period. Starting at the age of eight, Hudgens performed in musical theatre as a singer , and appeared in local productions of Evita, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, Cinderella and Damn Yankees, among others. Hudgens successfully auditioned for a commercial and subsequently moved to Los Angeles with her family.
Starting at the age of eight, Hudgens performed in musical theater as a singer, and appeared in local productions of Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, and Cinderella, among others. Hudgens was not able to finish her high school in Orange County High School of the Arts after being home schooled after her seventh year. After home school, she went to England and studied drama and music at Kingsbrook Business and Enterprise College and graduated college. She appears in Thirteen as Noel and in Thunderbirds. She guested in television shows such as Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers García, Drake & Josh and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
2006-2007: Artistic Development
In early 2006, Hudgens's breakout role has been playing the fictional character Gabriella Montez in the Disney Channel movie series High School Musical. With this performance, Hudgens and co-star Zac Efron won the 2006 "Best Chemistry" award at the Teen Choice Awards for their roles. In the movie, she contributed five songs in the soundtrack. Hudgens established a music career under Hollywood Records, citing that Celine Dion and Alicia Keys are her musical influences, were the reason why she pursued a music career. On September 2006, the release of her debut album entitled V, charted on the Billboard 200 at number twenty-four on the chart, with 34,000 copies sold that week, with "Come Back to Me" the first single, and the follow-up was "Say OK". V was certified Gold on February 27, 2007 and Billboard readers chose it as the seventh best album of the year. Hudgens was named Female Breakout Singer of the year at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards. She is also ambassador to Neutrogena products.
As promotion for the album, she was the opening act for The Cheetah Girls during their The Party's Just Begun Tour. Later on, she participated in the nationwide High School Musical: The Concert tour in fall 2006, performing the songs from the soundtrack album as well as the three songs from her debut album. She sang the duet "Still There For Me" with Corbin Bleu for his debut album. Hudgens also appeared on the High School Musical 2 soundtrack. In December 2007, she sang to the president, in the White House with other singers.
2008-Present: Advancing Her Career
Her sophomore album, Identified, was released on July 1, 2008, selling more than 22,000 copies during the first week, debuting at #23 on the Billboard 200. At the same time, she went on the Identified Summer Tour to promote her albums in the U.S. and Mexico. She also performed at the 81st Academy Awards in a musical number with other young actors and singers.
Hudgens reprised her role as Gabriella in 2008's High School Musical 3: Senior Year and appeared on the movie's soundtrack. On January 11, 2008 it was announced that Hudgens would star in the comedy, Bandslam. Hudgens plays 15-year-old Sa5m, the 5 is silent, explained as an awkward outsider; the film will be theatrically released on August 14, 2009. Hudgens' upcoming projects include roles in Sucker Punch, which will release in 2011, she plays the role of Blondie. She will play Linda in the film adaptation of Beastly, which is scheduled for a 2010 release.
1. Sucker Punch (2011) (pre-production) .... Blondie
2. Beastly (2010) (filming) .... Lindy Taylor
3. Bandslam (2009) .... Sa5m
4. High School Musical 3: Senior Year .... Gabriella Montez
5. High School Musical 2 (2007) (TV) .... Gabriella Montez
6. "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
- Kept Man (2006) TV Episode .... Corrie
- Neither a Borrower Nor a Speller Bee (2006) TV Episode .... Corrie
- Not So Suite 16 (2006) TV Episode .... Corrie
- Forever Plaid (2006) TV Episode .... Corrie
7. "Drake & Josh" - Little Sibling (2006) TV Episode .... Rebecca
8. High School Musical (2006) (TV) .... Gabriella Montez
9. "Quintuplets" - The Coconut Kapow (2005) TV Episode .... Carmen
10. Thunderbirds (2004) .... Tintin ... aka Thunderbirds - Les sentinelles de l'air (France)
11. "The Brothers Garcia" - New Tunes (2003) TV Episode .... Lindsey
12. Thirteen (2003) .... Noel
13. "Robbery Homicide Division"
... aka R.H.D./LA: Robbery Homicide Division/Los Angeles (USA: complete title)
- Had (2002) TV Episode (as Vanessa A. Hudgens) .... Nicole at 10
14. "Still Standing"
- Still Rocking (2002) TV Episode .... Tiffany