Vanessa then appeared in the TV series Robbery Homicide Division (2002) and the biopic drama Thirteen (2003) prior to landing her big break as Gabriella Montez in the made-for-TV family comedy High School Musical (2006). The film was a commercial hit with its premier bringing in over 7.7 million viewers, which eventually led to the successful hit sequels High School Musical 2 (2007) and High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008).
While the film put Vanessa on the map as an up and coming actress, it also provided her with the chance to show off her vocals on its soundtrack. Her duet song "Breaking Free" with her co-star Zac Efron reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and ultimately launched her music career.
In September 2006, Vanessa's first album V debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200 chart and was later certified Gold. Despite selling fewer copies than her first album, Vanessa's follow-up album Identified debuted at number 23 on the Billboard 200 chart in July 2008.
The young star then returned to the big-screen in several box-office failures, including the family comedy Bandslam (2009) and the romance drama Beastly (2011) with Mary-Kate Olsen, before starring in the fantasy thriller Sucker Punch (2011), which grossed over $19 million in its opening weekend.
Vanessa's most recent projects include, the adventure comedy Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) with Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine, the dramedy Spring Breakers (2012) alongside James Franco and Selena Gomez, the thriller The Frozen Ground (2013) with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, and the drama Gimme Shelter (2013) alongside Brendan Fraser.
Vanessa Hudgens Boyfriend & Dating History Timeline2005 - 2006
Vanessa and Drake first met when she co-starred on his show Drake & Josh. Rumors that they were together, however, didn't erupt until a couple of years later when a nude picture of Vanessa was leaked on the web. According to sources, Vanessa had taken the picture after the show had ended and sent it to Drake, though he denied ever receiving it. It's still unclear if they ever hooked up, but one thing's for sure, the picture definitely put Vanessa on the map.
2006 - December 2010
After playing teenage lovers in the High School Musical film series, Vanessa and Zac Efron continued the romance off-camera. The media quickly dubbed the hot couple "Zanessa," which stayed with them for fours years until they broke up in December 2010. Multiple sources later claimed the break-up was not in part of a cheating scandal, but instead their mutual feeling that the relationship had "run its course."
September 2011 - Present
Rumors that Vanessa was dating Disney stud puppy Austin Butler began circulating when they were seen getting cozy at a milkshake shop ensuing a red carpet extravaganza in September 2011. The rumors intensified after the young stars were caught making out at LAX in December of that year. In the media's eyes, a make-out session is just as a good as a proposal, so now they are an official Hollywood couple.
Vanessa Hudgens Trivia
Full Given Name:
Vanessa Anne Hudgens
December 14, 1988
$5 Million (Per CelebrityNetWorth.com)
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