VANESSA HUDGENS (Agnes "Apple" Bailey) became a star in
"High School Musical"
but has branched out since then to play surprising and challenging roles in such
films as Harmony
Korine's Spring Breakers, co-starring James Franco and Selena Gomez, and Scott
Walker's The Frozen
Ground, alongside Nicolas Cage and John Cusack.
Most recently, Hudgens was seen in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Sucker
Punch, Beastly and
Machete Kills. Up next are the animated feature The Great Migration and the
Sink, with Ed Westwick, Bob Odenkirk and Joan Cusack.
Hudgens began her career in the world of musical theater at the tender age of
realizing the incredible future that lay before her, she tirelessly pursued her
dream with much
success. Early roles in such productions as "Evita," "Carousel," "The Wizard of
Oz," "The King &
I," "The Music Man," "Cinderella" and "Damn Yankees" gave Hudgens the
showcase her impressive singing and acting skills. In 2010 Hudgens won the
ShoWest Award for
Female Star of Tomorrow.
The actress made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen,
Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood. Soon thereafter, she co-starred in the
Thunderbirds and was a recurring guest star on Disney Channel's "The Suite Life
of Zach & Cody."
Her other television credits include appearances on "Quintuplets," "Brothers
Standing" and "Robbery Homicide Division."
It was Disney Channel's breakaway sensation "High School Musical" that truly
Hudgens' career. She played Gabriella Montez, the sweet girl torn between her
basketball jock Troy Bolton and desire to audition for the school musical. With
critics and fans
clamoring for more, the highly successful follow-ups "High School Musical 2" and
feature film High
School Musical 3: Senior Year again showcased Hudgens' talents.
Hudgens continued her momentum from these hits by starring in Bandslam, which
around a high-school misfit and a popular girl who form an unlikely bond through
their love for
Hudgens resides in Los Angeles.
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