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Vanessa Hudgens Biography

Birth Name:
Vanessa Anne Hudgens
Birth Place:
Salinas, California, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Mother is of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish descent; father is American Indian and Irish
  • Began acting in musical theater when she was 8 years old, and has since appeared in numerous local productions, including Carousel, Damn Yankees, The King & I and The Wizard of Oz
  • Was home-schooled from seventh grade on
  • Made TV debut at age 13 in an episode of the series Still Standing
  • Her first two films, 2003's indie drama Thirteen and 2004's sci-fi bomb Thunderbirds, also featured actor Brady Corbet
  • Debut album V, released September 26, 2006, sold 34,000 copies during its first week and debuted at No
  • 24 on the Billboard 200 album chart
  • Signed on to endorse Neutrogena cosmetic products in 2007
  • Starred in a 2010 production of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl
  • The show was directed by Neil Patrick Harris
  • Made her Broadway debut as the lead in the 2015 revival of Gigi
  • Father Greg passed away the day before Hudgens was due to star in Grease: Live; despite this, she went on with the performance as scheduled


  • 2020People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Actress: nominated
  • 2020People's Choice Awards-Favorite Action Movie Actor: nominated