Vanessa Anne Hudgens is a household name around the globe, thanks to the success of the High School Musical franchise. She was born on December 14, 1988 in Salinas, California in the United States. She took her first steps toward stardom at the age of 8, when she took up musical theatre starring in local productions such as Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King & I, The Music Man, Cinderella and many more.
Hudgens was born inSalinas,California, and has lived with her parents throughout the West Coast fromOregontoSouthern California. Her mother, Gina, held a succession of office jobs, and her father, Gregory Hudgens, was a firefighter. She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress. She was raised as a Roman Catholic. Hudgens is of mixed cultural background, as her father is of Irish and Native American descent, and her mother, a native ofManila,Philippines, is of Chinese-Filipino-Spanish descent. All of her grandparents were musicians.
Starting at the age of eight, Hudgens performed in musical theater as a singer, and appeared in local productions of Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, and Cinderella, among others. Two years after her career in stage plays and musicals, she started auditioning for commercials and television shows, and her family moved toLos Angelesafter she won a role in a television commercial. Her acting career started at the age of 15, and she briefly attendedOrangeCountyHigh Schoolof the Arts, followed by homeschooling with tutors.
Us Weekly said Hudgens and her High School Musical series co-star Zac Efron "met in 2005 while making the first High School Musical flick, and became a romantic item about two years later." The two were paired together during the audition process and got the part because of their chemistry. The two ended their relationship in December 2010. Hudgens briefly dated her Journey 2 co-star, Josh Hutcherson but the two are now good friends. Hudgens has been dating fellow actor, Austin Butler since the fall of 2011.
Hudgens at the My Habit launch at Skylight West Studios in May 2011
Hudgens was represented byWilliamMorrisAgencybut signed on to Creative Artists Agency in 2011.
In 2006, Hudgens's earnings were estimated to be $2 million. Hudgens was included in Forbes richest list in early 2007, and the Forbes article noted that she was included in Young Hollywood's Top Earning-Stars. On December 12, 2008, Hudgens was ranked #20 in the list of Forbes "High Earners Under 30", having reported to have an estimated earnings of $3 million in 2008. She was number 62 at FHM's Sexiest Women in the World of 2008 and number 42 in the 2009 list. Hudgens is also featured in Maxim's lists. She was included in People's annual "100 Most Beautiful People" 2008 and 2009 lists
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