Vanessa Hudgens began her career
in the world of musical theatre at the tender age of 8. 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 & I,” “The Music Man,”
“Cinderella” and “Damn Yankees” gave Vanessa
the opportunity to showcase her impressive singing and acting skills.
Vanessa is currently filming “Will”, directed by Todd
Graff, a film which centers around a High School misfit and a popular
girl who form an unlikely bond through their love for music. In
April, Vanessa will begin filming “High School Musical 3:
Senior Year”, which is set to be released in October.
Vanessa is finishing her second album for Hollywood Records to
be released this summer.
The recognition Vanessa received quickly brought her to the screen.
She made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen”
starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood. Soon thereafter, she
co-starred in the action-adventure film “Thunderbirds”
and was a recurring guest star on Disney Channel’s “The
Suite Life of Zach & Cody.” Her other television credits
include appearances on “Quintuplets,” “Brothers
Garcia,” “Still Standing” and “Robbery Homicide
It was however Vanessa’s role in Disney Channel’s breakaway
sensation “High School Musical” that has garnered her
much praise and attention. In it she plays Gabrielle Montez, the
sweet girl torn between her attraction to both basketball jock Troy
Bolton and the school musical auditions. With critics and fans clamoring
for more, Vanessa can currently be seen in the films highly successful
follow up “High School Musical 2.”
Although acting has consumed much of her time, Vanessa still has
been able to devote herself to singing and performing. Last year
she released her debut solo album “V”—a captivating
variety of rock, electronic and R&B styles—and toured
with the Cheetah Girls.