VANESSA HUDGENS began her career in the world of musical theatre at the tender
age of eight.
Immediately realizing the incredible future that lay before her, she has
tirelessly pursued her dream
with much success. These early roles in such productions as Evita, Carousel, The
Wizard of Oz, The King
and I, The Music Man, Cinderella and Damn Yankees gave Vanessa the opportunity
to showcase her
impressive singing and acting skills.
The recognition Vanessa received quickly brought her to the big screen. She made
her feature film debut
in Catherine Hardwicke's controversial Thirteen starring Holly Hunter and Evan
Rachel Wood. Soon
thereafter, she co-starred in the action-adventure film Thunderbirds. It was
however Vanessa's role in
Disney Channel's breakaway sensation High School Musical that has garnered her
much praise and
attention. With critics and fans clamoring for more, Vanessa was also seen in
the films' highly successful
follow ups High School Musical 2 and the theatrical release of High School
Musical 3: Senior Year.
Vanessa followed up these hits by starring in the critically acclaimed Bandslam
as well Beastly and
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. In 2010, she won the ShoWest Award for Female
Star of Tomorrow.
Looking to branch out and take on some darker roles, Hudgens filmed a series of
films that have
surprised audiences including Spring Breakers directed by Harmony Korine with
James Franco and
Selena Gomez; The Frozen Ground alongside Nicolas Cage and John Cusack; and
Gimme Shelter directed
by Scott Walker. In 2015, Hudgens also made her Broadway debut, starring in the
title role of the
beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical Gigi. Additionally,
she had audiences and
critics praising her incredible performance as "Rizzo" in the record-breaking
Grease Live for FOX in 2016
and most recently, Hudgens returned to television in the DC Comics comedy
Powerless for NBC in
February 2017. She can next be seen in 2018's Second Act co-starring Jennifer
Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia
and Leah Remini. Hudgens resides in Los Angeles.
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