Vanessa Hudgens is an actress and singer from the United States. She first gained notoriety for playing Gabriella Montez in the Disney Channel hit film and soundtrack record “High School Musical,” She has since gone on to enjoy a prosperous career as both an actress and a musician.
Vanessa Hudgens Early Years and Professional Beginnings
On December 14, 1988, Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born in Salina, California. Her father, Gregory Hudgens, was a firefighter, and her mother, Gina (née Guangco), worked at an office. She was raised in several locations from Southern California to Oregon throughout the US West Coast. Stella, her younger sister, is a performer. Hudgens has Irish, French, and Native American ancestry through her father and Filipino ancestry from her mother.
Hudgens was drawn to acting from a young age. She started appearing in local musical theatre plays in 1998, when she was ten years old, including renditions of “Carousel,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The King and I,” “The Music Man,” and “Cinderella.” She started to audition for numerous TV shows and ads a few years later as she tried to make the switch to television.
Her family relocated to Los Angeles after landing her first ad to better support her career. She spent a short time at Orange County High School of the Arts but finally completed her education at home with tutors.
Vanessa Hudgens Career Life
Hudgens had her first professional acting assignment when she was chosen to play Tiffany in a “Still Standing” episode. She then appeared as a guest star in an episode of “Robbery Homicide Division” before making her acting debut in the supporting role in “Thirteen” (2003). Hudgens’s career, however, really took off when she was cast as Gabriella Montez, the female protagonist, with Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale in the Disney Channel Original Movie “High School Musical” in 2006.
The first broadcast of this movie in the United States attracted 7.7 million viewers, making it a smashing success. Hudgens’ singing abilities were highlighted in the film, in addition to her acting talents. A number of the songs
In the 2007 movie “High School Musical 2,” which came out in August of that year, Hudgens played Gabriella again. This movie was even more popular than the first one. On the night it came out in the US, over 17.2 million people saw it. It is the most-seen Disney Channel Original Movie with that many viewers.
In July 2008, Hudgens released her second studio album, “Identified,” right after the movie came out. But even though the album started at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart, it wasn’t a commercial success, so she broke up with her record label, Hollywood Records. In “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” the third movie in the High School Musical series, which came out in October 2008, Hudgens played Gabriella again (2008).
This movie is the only one of the three in the series to be shown in theatres, and on its first weekend, it was the most popular movie in North America. The film made $42 million in just its first weekend, which broke the record for the biggest opening for a musical, which had been held by “Mamma Mia!” In the end, the movie made $252 million worldwide, making it a huge success.
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Hudgens stopped singing after the High School Musical series so she could focus on acting. After that, she was in movies like the musical comedy “Bandslam” in 2009, the movie “Beastly” in 2011, which was based on a book by Alex Flinn, and the action movie “Sucker Punch” in 2011, which Zack Snyder directed, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” in 2012 with Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson, “Spring Breakers” with Selena Gomez, “Gimme Shelter” in 2013, which In 2017, Hudgens also appeared in the first season of the NBC show “Powerless,” which was also its only season.
She has also been in several stage shows, such as “Rent,” directed by Neil Patrick Harris in 2010, and “Gigi,” which ran at the Kennedy Center and on Broadway in 2015. She has also been in two live musicals on Fox: “Grease: Live” in 2016 and “Rent: Live” in 2019.
Vanessa Hudgens Personal Life
From 2005 to 2010, Hudgens was with “High School Musical” co-star Zac Efron. Then, from 2011 to 2020, she dated actor Austin Butler. In 2016, her father died of cancer. She has had personal, intimate photos, including stolen nude photos, leaked without her permission.
Vanessa Hudgens Real Estate
Vanessa has bought and sold several beautiful homes over the years. In 2008, she paid $2.75 million for a house in Studio City, California, 5,200 square feet, with six bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms. The three-story house also has a large living room that opens onto a terrace, a well-equipped kitchen, a winding staircase in the main entryway, an office, a dining room, and a wine cellar.
She put this house on the market in February 2019 for $3.85 million and sold it in April 2019 for $3.15 million. There are a lot of wrought iron decorations, three fireplaces, and stone floors and accents. The house also has a big backyard with a pool and beautiful views of the San Fernando Valley, which is close by.
In 2018, she bought a house in the Los Feliz neighborhood of LA for $4.9 million. Gary Oldman was the one who sold it. In March 2022, Vanessa sold this house to Ronan Farrow and Jon Lovett, who were living together. Hudgens got paid $6.7 million. She took pictures of the house for Architectural Digest a few months before it went on the market:
Vanessa Hudgens’s Net Worth
American actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens has a net worth of $18 million. She became famous when she played Gabriella Montez in the hit Disney Channel movie and soundtrack album “High School Musical.” Since then, she has had successful careers as an actress and a musician.