Vanessa Hudgens is an American singer and actress who was thrust into the limelight at a very young age. Her role as Gabriella Montez in the movie, High School Musical series brought Hudgens mainstream success.
Besides releasing a number of albums, Hudgens has featured in other movies including Thirteen, which was her debut film in 2003; and in several TV series for the Disney Channel. She has been nominated for and won awards from 2006 to 2017 including Choice Music: Breakout Artist – Female, Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Actress among others.
Biography (Ethnicity, Dad – Parents)
Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born on December 14, 1988, in Salinas, California, She was raised by her parents in the Roman Catholic way with her younger sister, Stella Hudgens who is also an actress. Her mother Gina Guangco, a corporate worker, is of Filipino descent and her father Greg Hudgens, a former firefighter, is of Irish and Native American descent.
To aid her participation in a TV commercial, the family moved to Los Angeles where she attended Orange County High School of the Arts shortly, followed by homeschooling with tutors.
Vanessa Hudgens began her career in entertainment when she was 8 years old. First, she was performing in musical theatre as a singer, playing on stage and appearing on television commercials. It wasn’t until 2003 that Hudgens featured in her first theatre movie titled Thirteen which turned out to be a commercial success grossing $10 million worldwide.
The following year, she took up a character in the not so successful science fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds – that was before she landed the lead role in High School Musical. The musical romantic comedy-drama film propelled her music career and she got signed by Hollywood Records with whom she released two studio albums, V (2003) and Identified (2008).
Meanwhile, her performance in the Disney Channel’s most watched films, High School Musical and The Cheetah Girls 2 which garnered 7.7 million and 8.1 million viewers respectively, made Hudgens a household name in the US. Her albums released at the time sold up to 570,000 copies by August 2009; debuted at No. 24 on Billboard 200; and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, RIAA.
After the completion of High School Musical series in 2008, with a whopping net worth of $252 million, Vanessa Hudgens decided to focus more on movies than music and till date, she has featured in movies such as Sucker Punch (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), Powerless (2017)…etc. With an estimated earning of $2 to $3 million between 2006 to 2008, Hudgens was on Forbes’ top list of High Earners Under 30; No. 62 at FHM‘s Sexiest Women in the World; as well as in People‘s annual 100 Most Beautiful People.
Beyond the fame, Hudgens has dabbled in some controversies as is typical of most celebrities. A picture of her posing in lingerie and another showing her nude appeared online, sparking criticism and speculations that she might be dropped from the Disney Channel drama series. She later apologized saying it was embarrassing and she regretted taking the photos.
In 2009, after another topless photo of the actress was leaked online, Hudgens sued the website for posting, what she described as “self-portrait photographs” she took on a mobile phone in a private home.
In another default on May 2016, Hudgens was slammed with a $1,000 fine in restitution for damage of U.S. Forest Service property. This was after she posted on her Instagram, the photo of her and boyfriend’s initials, carved within a heart shape on a rock in the Coconino National Forest.
Boyfriend, Who is Vanessa Hudgens Dating
The High School Musical break out star has dated fellow celebrities starting with co-star Zac Efron who became her boyfriend in 2005, following their chemistry on the movie’s set. Their relationship was a media sensation and lasted for five years before it ended in December 2010. Actor, Josh Hutcherson has also been listed as one of Hudgens’ love interest, but it didn’t last long enough.
Vanessa Hudgens’s current boyfriend is Austin Butler, an actor, who she started dating in 2011. Speaking about the pressure to get married, the actress said there’s nothing like that otherwise, they would not have been together for seven years. She believes every couple has their own relationship journey which shouldn’t be a subject of comparison.
The couple is seen together in public on many occasions, an indication that they live together and enjoy a great relationship.
Body Measurement, Height
Hudgens did not grow beyond her petite height of 5 feet 1 inch (1.55m). Nevertheless, she wouldn’t be the only petite sized celebrity with talents snapping up awards in Hollywood. For all we know, she is a star and a millionaire living her life in the best possible way.