Vanessa Anne Hudgens (born December 14, 1988) became a tween legend with her brilliant performance as Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. She since has gone on to other things, but Vanessa remains an idol of millions of girls. Let's learn a little more about Vanessa.
Vanessa is originally from Salinas, California, and has lived along the Pacific coast.
Vanessa is of Irish, Native American, Filipino, Chinese and Spanish heritage.
While Vanessa began acting at a very young age, her first break occurred when she appeared in an episode of Still Standing, which led to other roles on television series.
Vanessa's biggest break took place when she appeared in "Thirteen" (2003), playing the role of Noel. The film was a big cult hit and got Vanessa a lot of attention.
Hudgens then did some other film work in "Thunderbirds" (2004).
It was at this point that Vanessa got the role that millions of fellow teenagers would learn about her from, that of Gabriella in High School Musical on the Disney Channel. The film was a raging success.
Vanessa appeared alongside Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale in High School Musical.
Vanessa sang for "High School Musical," and her duet "Breaking Free" with Zac became a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Vanessa then recorded a solo album, "V," which went Gold.
The sequel to "High School Musical" appeared in 2007. Its premiere was the highest rated Disney Channel movie of all Time.
There also was a weekly series that gave some behind the scenes peeks at Vanessa while she filmed her part for "High School Musical 2."
Hudgens then put out another solo album, "Identified," released on 1 July 2008. The album did not do as well as her first album.
Another High School Musical film, "High School Musical 3," followed in 2008. It was released theatrically and did quite well.
"High School Musical 3" grossed $252 million worldwide, beating expectations.
Several films followed, as Hudgens gave up on her singing career for the time being.
Vanessa was in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" (2008), which grossed $325 million worldwide. It was another big hit.
Now a popular movie actress, Vanessa appeared in "Spring Breakers" (2013).
Reportedly, Vanessa has been preparing a new album that she has yet to release.
Vanessa didn't just appear with Zac Efron in the "High School Musical" films; she also dated him.
Vanessa and Zac soon ended their relationship, but Vanessa has maintained her high Hollywood profile and continues to produce music and act.