Vanessa Hudgens Biography

Vanessa Hudgens is an American actress and singer. This biography provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline

Vanessa Hudgens
Quick Facts

Birthday: December 14, 1988

Nationality: American

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Age: 30 Years, 30 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Vanessa Anne Hudgens

Born in: Salinas

Famous as: Film actress

Height: 5'1" (155 cm), 5'1" Females


father: Greg Hudgens

mother: Gina Guangco

siblings: Stella Hudgens

Personality: ESFJ

U.S. State: California

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education: Orange County School of the Arts

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Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer, familiar as Gabriella Montez from the popular TV musical 'High School Musical' trilogy. Most of her childhood was spent travelling, so getting education at school was never much of an option. Her grandparents were musicians and inspired her to sing and perform in musical theatres from a very young age. After a couple of years of experience she began giving auditions for commercials and TV shows. From these, the journey to films and albums wasn't very difficult for her, as she had already proven her skills in the previous years. In her brief career, she's starred in many movies with some very big names of the industry. For some time, she took a break from singing professionally to focus more on her acting career and just recently she announced that she is back to recording new music. Vanessa is an active volunteer for many charitable activities around the world and like any other young and rich celebrity she's had her share of controversies

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Vanessa Hudgens
Childhood & Early Life
  • Vanessa Hudgens was born as Vanessa Anne Hudgens on December 14, 1988 in Salinas, California. Her father, Gregory was a fire-fighter and her mother, Gina shifted from one job to the other to support the family.
  • She has a younger sister, Stella, who is also an actor. Their parents raised them as Roman-Catholics and the girls attended Orange County High School of the Arts till seventh standard.
  • She started singing in local plays when she was eight. After a couple of years of experience, she gave auditions for several TV commercials. Her parents shifted to Los Angeles when she got selected for one of TV commercials and home-schooled both their daughters from thereon.
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  • In 2002, Vanessa had her TV-debut as a guest appearance on CBS sitcom 'Still Standing'. This show was followed by another guest appearance in 'Robbery Homicide Division' the same year.
  • In 2003, she made her film debut with the movie 'Thirteen'. The movie garnered positive reviews. In 2004, her second movie 'Thunderbirds' was released. The movie, however, failed to make an impact at the box-office..
  • The movie 'High School Musical' came out in 2006 and made Vanessa, Zac Effron and Ashley Tisdale instantly famous. It was the second most watched movie in the US and UK that year. Even its soundtrack charted #1 at the Billboard Hot 200 list.
  • Vanessa signed a contract with Hollywood Records and on September 26, 2006 she released her debut album titled 'V'.
  • In 2007, her film 'High School Musical 2' was released and it was an even bigger hit than its prequel. It won the 'So Hot Right Now' award at the Nickelodeon Australian Kid's Choice Awards.
  • On July 1, 2008 she released her second album titled 'Identified' which failed commercially. After this, Vanessa parted ways with Hollywood records.
  • The film 'High School Musical 3' came out on October 24, 2008. It was a huge hit and debuted at #1 in the US. After the movie, Vanessa took a break from singing professionally to focus on her acting career.
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  • Her next movie 'Bandslam' received mediocre ratings, however critics praised her performance. She made a return to theater productions in a musical called 'Rent', directed by Neil Patrick Harris.
  • On March 4, 2011, her film 'Beastly' was released. The movie also starred Alex Pettyfer and Mary-Kate Olsen. The movie didn't grab a lot of positive acclaim.
  • On March 25, 2011 the film 'Sucker Punch' came out. Its DVD and Blu-ray version were released on June 28 with 18 more minutes of animated scenes.
  • In 2012, Vanessa's next movie, 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' was released. The film also starred Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson, and received mixed reviews.
  • On March 6, 2013, her film 'Spring Breakers' was released. In this movie Vanessa shared the screen with Selena Gomez, James Franco and Ashley Benson. The movie was based on drug use, sexual escapades and violence amongst teenagers.
  • The film 'The Frozen Ground' was released on August 30, 2013 in which she got the chance to work with Nicholas Cage and John Cusack. She also acted in the movies 'Machete Kills' and 'Gimme Shelter', which were also released in 2013.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 2006, she won the Teen Choice Awards in the 'Choice Music: Breakout Artist – Female' category.
  • In 2010, she won the ShoWest ''Female Star Of Tomorrow” Award.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Vanessa started dating Zac Effron in 2005. The relationship lasted for five years. She then started dating Austin Butler from 2011.
  • In 2007, Brian Schall sued her for an alleged 'breach of contract'. He claimed Vanessa owes her $150,000. She retorted by saying that at the time of signing the contract (i.e. October 2005) she was still a minor and couldn't possibly do so.
  • On September 6, 2007 several pictures of Vanessa were released on the internet. A major controversy engulfed her, as some of them were nude and in others she was seen in lingerie. The same incident happened again in August 2009.
Net Worth
  • Vanessa Hudgens has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
  • In 2008, Vanessa became the featured celebrity for Sears' back-to school campaign. Later she became a part of 'Stand Upto Cancer (SU2C): Change The Odds' campaign.
  • She regularly volunteers for charitable activities for Best Buddies International (a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.), Lollipop Theatre Network, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

1. Thirteen (2003)


2. Gimme Shelter (2013)


3. The Frozen Ground (2013)

  (Mystery, Drama, Crime, Thriller)

4. Bandslam (2009)

  (Music, Drama, Family, Comedy, Romance)

5. Sucker Punch (2011)

  (Fantasy, Action)

6. Second Act (2018)

  (Comedy, Romance)

7. Dog Days (2018)


8. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

  (Action, Family, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy)

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