On December 14, 1988, Vanessa Anne Hudgens made her debut into the world in Salina, California. Her mother, Gina (née Guangco), worked in an office, and her father, Gregory Hudgens, worked as a firefighter.
She took after both of her parents in this regard. She spent her childhood in a number of different locations along the western coast of the United States, ranging from southern California to the state of Oregon.
Stella, who is much younger than she, also pursued a career in acting. Hudgens is of Filipino ethnicity thanks to her mother, and she has Irish, French, and Native American ancestry thanks to her father. Her mother is from the Philippines.
Hudgens has had an interest in performing ever since she was a young child. She started participating in local musical theater performances in 1998 when she was 10 years old.
Some of the musicals she performed in were “Carousel,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The King and I,” “The Music Man,” and “Cinderella.” After a few years had passed, she started making efforts to make the switch to television and started trying out a variety of different television shows and advertisements.
Her family relocated to Los Angeles after she landed her first commercial there in order to be closer to her and better support her profession. She only spent a short time in Orange County High School of the Arts, but she ultimately completed her education through homeschooling with the assistance of tutors.
When casting for an episode of the television sitcom “Still Standing,” Hudgens was given the role of Tiffany, which turned out to be her first professional acting role. She then went on to appear as a guest role in an episode of the television show “Robbery Homicide Division” before making her debut in the film industry as a supporting character in the movie “Thirteen” (2003).
However, it was in 2006 when Hudgens got the major female lead role of Gabriella Montez in the Disney Channel Original Movie “High School Musical,” opposite Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale.
This was the moment when Hudgens’ career really began to take off. This movie was such a smashing success that the first time it was shown in the United States, there were 7.7 million people watching it. Hudgens’s singing ability, in addition to her acting chops, was brought to light thanks to the movie, which was a great showcase for both of her talents.
Several of the songs that she recorded for the movie’s soundtrack went on to become commercial hits; in particular, her duet with Zac Efron called “Breaking Free” reached its highest position on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States at number four. Hudgens released her first studio album, titled “V,” in September of 2006, riding the wave of success that she had achieved with “High School Musical.”
It made its debut at position No. 24 on the Billboard 200 list in the United States, selling more than 34,000 copies in just its first week of release. After further review, the record was awarded the highest possible rating from the Recording Industry Association of America: gold.
In the 2007 sequel film “High School Musical 2,” which had its world debut in August of that year, Hudgens performed the part of Gabriella once again. More than 17.2 million people watched the film in the United States on the night it was released, making it an even bigger hit than the first installment. With those kinds of numbers, it is safe to say that it is the Disney Channel Original Movie that has received the most viewers over the course of its history.
Hudgens released her second studio album, titled “Identified,” in July 2008, quickly following the release of the film once more. However, the album was regarded as a commercial disaster, and as a result, she severed ties with her record label, Hollywood Records, despite the fact that it debuted at position number 23 on the Billboard 200 list.
In the third installment of the High School Musical film trilogy, titled “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” which was released in October 2008, Hudgens reprised her role as Gabriella (2008). This film is the only one of the three in the franchise to be released theatrically, and it started at No. 1 at the box office in North America on its opening weekend. The franchise has a total of three films.
The film shattered the record for the greatest opening for a musical, which was previously held by the film “Mamma Mia!,” when it earned $42 million in its opening weekend alone. The record was previously held by “Mamma Mia! In the end, the movie was a smashing success, bringing in $252 million all over the world.
After the conclusion of the High School Musical series, Hudgens redirected her attention away from her singing career and onto acting instead.
After that, she appeared in movies such as the musical comedy “Bandslam” (2009); the film “Beastly” (2011), which was based on a novel written by Alex Flinn; the action film “Sucker Punch” (2011), which was directed by Zack Snyder; “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012) with fellow stars Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson; “Spring Breakers” with another former Disney star Selena Gomez; “G In addition, Hudgens made a guest appearance in the first season of the NBC sitcom “Powerless” in 2017. This was the show’s only season.
She has also been a member of a number of theater plays, the most notable of which are a production of “Rent” in 2010 that was directed by Neil Patrick Harris and a production of “Gigi” in 2015 that ran at the Kennedy Center as well as on Broadway. Additionally, she has been seen in two live musical productions that have been shown on Fox: “Grease: Live” in 2016 and “Rent: Live” in 2019.
Zac Efron, who co-starred with Hudgens in “High School Musical,” was her boyfriend from 2005 to 2010. After that, she had a long-term relationship with the actor Austin Butler, which lasted from 2011 to 2020. She has been the target of unlawful disclosures of personal intimate photos, including stolen nude photos, which have been made public. Cancer ultimately took the life of her father in 2016.
Vanessa has made a lot of spectacular real estate transactions during the course of her life. In 2008, she purchased a property in Studio City, California, that was 5,200 square feet, and had six bedrooms, and six and a half bathrooms for a total price of $2.75 million.
In addition, the three-story house features a huge living room with French doors that lead out onto a terrace, a kitchen that is fully equipped, a winding staircase in the main doorway, an office space, a dining room, and a wine cellar.
In addition to wrought iron décor and three fireplaces, the space features hardwood flooring and stone accents throughout. In addition, there is a large backyard that comes complete with a pool, as well as stunning views of the San Fernando Valley, which is close by. She initially asked $3.85 million for this home when she put it up for sale in February 2019, but she eventually settled for $3.15 million in April 2019.
In 2018, she purchased a home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles for the price of $4.9 million. Gary Oldman, an actor, was the one who made the sale. In March of 2022, Vanessa sold this home to Ronan Farrow and Jon Lovett, who were working together at the time. They forked up $6.7 million to Hudgens. In addition to that, she has a property in Brooklyn worth one million dollars.
The American singer and actress Vanessa Hudgens has a career that has earned her a net worth of $18 million.