In both her first two films – Thirteen (2003) and Thunderbirds (2004) – she appeared alongside Brady Corbet.
Parents: Greg Hudgens and Gina Guangco.
Ethnicities: Filipina, Chinese,and Spanish (from her mother); Irish and American Indian (from her father).
Her musical theater roles include leads in: Evita, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King & I, The Music Man, Cinderella, Damn Yankees, The Hunchback of Notre Dam, and The Little Mermaid, among others.
She’s a fan of the late Natalie Wood.
She can sing, act and dance.
She got her first gig when her friend couldn’t go to an audition for a commercial and asked if Vanessa could go.
She is a fan of horror movies.
Older sister of Stella Hudgens
Is good friends with High School Musical (2006) (TV) co-stars Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron, and Corbin Bleu, along with Alexa Nikolas(“Zoey 101” (2005)), Kellan Rhude, Brenda Song(“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (2005)), and Miley Ray Cyrus (“Hannah Montana” (2006)).
She is best known for portraying the role of Gabriella Montez in High School Musical (2006) (TV) and its related sequels.
Favorite TV show: “Degrassi: The Next Generation” (2001).
Was named “The Heartbreaker” in Disney channel’s first DC games in 2006.
Was chosen to be a member of the blue team in DC games held in the Summer of 2006.
Her favorite kind of jeans are Frankie B jeans.
Her favorite car is a Porsche Carerra GT.
Her two favorite singers are Alicia Keys_ and Céline Dion.
She sang “Angels” by Robbie Williams at her “High School Musical” audition.
She has been home-schooled since the seventh grade.
She has already graduated from high school.
At one point, she actually planned to audition for “American Idol: The Search for a Superstar” (2002).
Her favorite subject in school is science.
Her song “Whatever Will Be” is really a song that reflects on her motto.
Her favorite kind of music is rock.
Both sets of her grandparents were musicians during the Big Band era.
Is best friends with Kayslee Collins.
Her favorite scene in High School Musical (2006) (TV) is the final one in which the cast sang and danced to “We’re All In This Together”.
In June 2006, she signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
Her first solo album V debuted at #24 on the US Billboard album chart with 34,000 copies sold during its first week.
The first star from High School Musical (2006) (TV) to release a solo album in the wake of the success of High School Musical (2006) (TV). The name of her debut solo album is called “V” which stands for Vanessa, but also could stand for variety since it is a mix of pop, pop rock, dance electronic, and ballads. The album was released in the United States on September 26, 2006.
Enjoys singing just as much as dancing and acting.
Recorded her first solo album, V, in just under two months.
Trained in piano, dance, and voice (opera to be specific).
Her favorite song to perform in concert is “Let’s Dance” because she and her backup dancers have so much fun dancing to that song.
Sings with Corbin Bleu on his debut solo album “Another Side” on the song “Still There for Me”.
Her debut album has officially sold 500,000 copies. Therefore, it was certified gold for the first time in 2007.
The highest chart position of “Say OK” on the US Billboard chart is 61.
“Let Go” was supposed to be the second single from her debut album. However, it was switched to “Say OK” at the last minute.
Her first single, “Come Back to Me”, samples from the song “Baby Come Back” by 1970s rock band Player.
The second single from V, her first solo album is called “Say OK”. It was released on January 12, 2007 on US radio stations. There are two versions of the video for this song. The first one was from the High School Musical: The Concert Tour. The second version was filmed at a beach in Los Angeles, California and a bowling alley.
Her first official single from her debut album V is called “Come Back to Me”. The song and the video both premiered on August 25, 2006 in the United States. The highest chart position it achieved on the US Billboard charts is 55.
In 2007, she became the spokesperson for Neutrogena products.
- Desires to study business when she reaches college.
- Met boyfriend Zac Efron on the set of High School Musical (2006) (TV).
- Is the only person in High School Musical (2006) (TV) to have a solo song on the “High School Musical” soundtrack.
- Her first job was acting in a local production of “The Wizard of Oz” where she played a munchkin and was paid $50.
- Once attended the Orange County High School of the Arts.
- She has a toy poodle named Shadow, three turtles, and some fish.
- Took piano lessons when she was younger.
- She was offered a role in the remake of the movie Prom Night (1980), but turned it down to work on her music.
- Her favorite dance number from High School Musical 2 (2007) (TV) is “Work This Out“.