She has also played the title role in the Broadway musical Gigi in 2015, and the role of Rizzo in Grease: Live in 2016.Hudgens was born in Salinas, California, and lived with her parents along the West Coast, from Oregon to Southern California.Vanessa Anne Hudgens (born December 14, 1988) is an American actress and singer.
Since the release of her studio albums and the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has focused on her acting career.
She has appeared in the films Bandslam (2009), Beastly (2011), Sucker Punch (2011), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), Spring Breakers (2013), and Machete Kills (2013).
The song also reached number 9 in the UK, her highest chart entry in the country.
Following the success of the film, Hudgens began work on her debut album.
Hudgens subsequently landed a role in the 2004 science fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds, based on the television series of the same name. The film was a commercial failure and was strongly criticized for "abandoning the original concepts".
In 2005, Hudgens was cast as Gabriella Montez, one of the lead roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical.
Despite its minor commercial success, the film received positive critical reviews.
It has an 82% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and USA Today called Thirteen the most "powerful of all recent wayward-youth sagas".
In the UK, it received 789,000 viewers for its premiere (and 1.2 million viewers overall during the first week), making it the second most watched program for the Disney Channel (UK) of 2006.
On December 29, 2006, it became the first Disney Channel Original Movie to be broadcast on the BBC.
For the film, Hudgens recorded numerous songs which had commercial success.