Vanessa Hudgens: Her Career Then & Now

Vanessa Hudgens at "The Dead Don't Die" New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on June 10, 2019.

25. August 2019 - 09:30 Uhr / Cynthia Springer

Vanessa Hudgens is America's sweetheart with the help of her big success of the High School Musical series. She's not only a skilled actress, but also an incredibly talented singer! Check out how she rose to fame and what she continues to do with her career now.

Having been trained in piano, dance and opera, how couldn't Vanessa Hudgens be the successful star she is today? Hudgens was born on December 14, 1988 in Salinas, California. The entertainment DNA ran through her blood - all of her grandparents were musicians! She began her start in acting at the young age of 10 years old, where she appeared in local productions of The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Carousal, and more. 

Vanessa Hudgens at the premiere of Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood in Hollywood, California on July 22, 2019.

Vanessa Hudgens: The beginnings

After a variety of her stage performances, Hudgens finally got the kick-starts she needed for a TV commercial at the age of 15. She started Despite having been in one of the most prosperous Disney Channel Original Movies to date, Hudgens never actually attended a physical high school. For about a month or two, she attended the Orange County High School of the Arts, but shortly after, she left to be home-schooled.

She would then receive a couple minor roles in a few different television series, such as Still Standing and Robbery Homicide Division in 2002. The following year, she made her first film debut in the 2003 drama, Thirteen, which received positive critical reviews.

Vanessa Hudgens: Her High School Musical days

For being home-schooled, Hudgens portrayed the perfect role of the shy yet smart "Gabriella Montez". She famously starred alongside former boyfriend Zac Efron, and one of her current BFF's, Ashley Tisdale. Each film surpassed each other in becoming the highest grossing Disney Channel Original Films of all time. As of this year, there are rumors of High School Musical 4 in production, but none of the original cast members will be starring in the movie.

Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale attend the DVD launch gala for High School Musical in May 2006.

Hudgen's also began her professional music career around this time, too. Her debut album, V, was released on September 26, 2006 and sold 34,000 copies in its first week. The next year, it was certified gold with its 500,000 copies being sold in the U.S. Her second album, Identified, was released in 2008, but unfortunately didn't match up to her first album.

Vanessa Hudgens' Film Career

After her solo albums, Hudgens shifted her focus onto acting. From 2010-2012, she played in leading roles of films, like Beastly, Sucker Punch and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. One of her bigger films during this time was the 2011 party-film, Spring Breakers, where she starred alongside James Franco and Selena Gomez.

Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez attend the "Spring Breakers" at the 69th Venice Film Festival in September, 2012.

More recently, Vanessa Hudgens starred with the famed Jennifer Lopez in 2018's rom-com, Second Act. She also won our hearts in the Netflix original Christmas movie, The Princess Switch that same year, where she impressively plays two different characters. Her newest film will be in 2020, where she'll star with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys for Life, the third installment of the Bad Boys film series.

Vanessa Hudgens and Nick Sagar at The Princess Switch screening in Los Angeles, 2018.

Whether it's on the silver screen or with a microphone, Hudgens will always be one of the most stylish and prominent performers in our eyes! Since 2011, she's been dating Austin Butler, who most recently appeared in Once Upon A Time...in Hollywood and will also play Elvis Presley in the new biopic underway. The lovebirds have bright futures ahead of them!