VANESSA HUDGENS (Gabriella Montez) is a promising
young actress and recording artist.
She appears in the music-driven, inspirational fish-out-of-water
story “Bandslam” to be released in early 2009. Starring alongside
Gaelan Connell, Aly Michalka and Lisa Kudrow, Hudgens plays a
misfit who finds her voice in a coming-of-age story about a high
school battle-of-the-bands competition.
Hudgens began her career at age 8 in the world of musical
theatre. Early roles in such productions as “Evita,” “Carousel,” “The
Wizard of Oz,” “The King & I,” “The Music Man,” “Cinderella” and
“Damn Yankees” gave the actress the opportunity to showcase her impressive singing and
She made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen,” starring Holly
Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood. Soon thereafter, she co-starred in the action-adventure film
“Thunderbirds,” and was a recurring guest star on Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zach
& Cody.” Her television credits include “Quintuplets,” “Brothers Garcia,” “Still Standing” and
“Robbery Homicide Division.”
But it was Hudgens’s role in Disney Channel’s breakaway sensation “High School Musical”
and its follow-up “High School Musical 2” that has garnered her much praise and attention.
In 2006, Hudgens released her debut solo album “V”—a captivating variety of rock, electronic
and R&B styles—and toured with the Cheetah Girls, followed by a sold-out 42-date arena
concert tour of “High School Musical: The Concert.” In July 2008, Hudgens released her
second album “IDENTIFY” for Hollywood Records, followed by a two-month concert tour in
the Unites States.