Vanessa Hudgens Biography 2024: Age, Relationship, Height, Husband, Net Worth, Family, Education, Personal Life, Music and Movie Career, Awards and Nomination

Vanessa Hudgens Biography 2024: Age, Relationship, Height, Husband, Net Worth, Family, Education, Personal Life, Music and Movie Career, Awards and Nomination
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Vanessa Hudgens, born on December 14, 1988, is an actress and singer from America. She gained recognition after her debut in the film Thirteen (2003) and further rose to fame by playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical film series (2006–2008).

This role brought her substantial success in the mainstream media. Following the success of the first film, Hudgens signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records and released two studio albums, V (2006) and Identified (2008).

Following the release of her studio albums and the success of the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has primarily focused on her acting career.

She has appeared in various films such as Bandslam (2009), Beastly, Sucker Punch (both in 2011), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Spring Breakers (both in 2012), Second Act (2018), Bad Boys for Life (2020), and Tick, Tick…Boom! (2021).

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Additionally, she has taken on leading roles in Netflix Christmas movies including The Princess Switch (2018) and its sequels (2020 and 2021), as well as The Knight Before Christmas (2019), where she also served as a co-producer.

In terms of television, Hudgens portrayed the character of Emily Locke in the NBC series Powerless (2017).

She also made her Broadway debut as the titular character in the musical revival of Gigi (2015) and showcased her talent in two of Fox’s live musical productions: as Rizzo in Grease Live!

(2016) and as Maureen Johnson in Rent: Live (2019). Notably, in 2022, Hudgens had the honor of co-hosting the prestigious Met Gala in Manhattan.

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Vanessa Anne Hudgens

December 14, 1988 (age 35)

  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 1998–present

(m. 2023)

Musical career
Instrument(s) Vocals
Labels Hollywood

Early Life

Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born in Salinas, California, and grew up along the West Coast, from Oregon to Southern California.

Her mother, Gina (née Guangco), worked in various office positions, while her father, Gregory Hudgens, served as a firefighter. She has a younger sister named Stella, who is also involved in acting.

Vanessa was brought up in the Catholic faith. Her father, who passed away from cancer in February 2016, had predominantly English roots, while her mother is Filipina and hails from Mindanao. Interestingly, all of her grandparents had a musical background.


Hudgens began her career in musical theater in 1998, showcasing her talents as a singer in various local productions such as Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, and Cinderella.

Two years later, she transitioned to auditioning for commercials and television shows, leading her family to relocate to Los Angeles after she landed a role in a television commercial.

At the age of 15, she embarked on her acting journey, briefly attending Orange County High School of the Arts before continuing her education through homeschooling with tutors.

In 2002, Hudgens made her acting debut in an episode of the sitcom Still Standing, playing the character Tiffany.

She also guest-starred in an episode of Robbery Homicide Division the same year. Her theatrical debut came in the 2003 drama film Thirteen, where she portrayed the supporting role of Noel.

Despite being a modest commercial success, the film received positive reviews, with USA Today hailing it as the most “powerful of all recent wayward-youth sagas.”

Following this, she appeared in the 2004 science fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds as the character Tin-tin, although the film was met with criticism for straying from the original concepts.

In 2018, Hudgens appeared in the romantic comedy movie Dog Days, sharing the screen with Finn Wolfhard and Nina Dobrev.

She collaborated with the electronic dance music duo Phantoms on the song “Lay With Me”, which was released in September 2018.

Hudgens also played dual roles in the Netflix film The Princess Switch in November 2018, portraying both a European duchess and a pastry chef from Chicago who temporarily switch identities.

Additionally, she co-starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in the comedy film Second Act, directed by Peter Segal, which was released in December 2018.

Hudgens returned as one of the permanent judges for the 15th season of So You Think You Can Dance.

In the same year, she took on the role of Vanessa Morales in the Kennedy Center production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original musical In the Heights.

In January 2019, Hudgens played the character Maureen Johnson in another live musical presentation on Fox, Rent: Live.

She also starred alongside Mads Mikkelsen in the Netflix film adaptation of Víctor Santos’s 2013 graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold. Then, in November 2019, she not only starred in but also served as a producer for the Netflix film The Knight Before Christmas.

In 2022, Vanessa Hudgens appeared in the action thriller film, Asking for It, alongside Alexandra Shipp, Kiersey Clemons, and Ezra Miller.

The movie was released in theaters, digitally, and on Blu-ray on March 4. Following this, she co-hosted the red carpet pre-show of the 94th Academy Awards with Terrence J, Sofia Carson, and Brandon Maxwell.

In May, Hudgens co-hosted the Met Gala red carpet livestream for Vogue with La La Anthony and Hamish Bowles. In June, she co-hosted the 30th MTV Movie & TV Awards with Tayshia Adams, hosting the first half of the ceremony for film and scripted television.

Regarding upcoming projects, Hudgens will voice the character of Willow in the Netflix 3D anime-style series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, a prequel to the 2021 film Army of the Dead.

She will also star in the film Downtown Owl, alongside Lily Rabe, Ed Harris, Finn Wittrock, Jack Dylan Grazer, and August Blanco Rosenstein.

Additionally, she is set to lead and executive produce the trucker adventure-drama film Big Rig, with principal photography scheduled to begin later in 2022.

Personal Life

In 2005, Hudgens commenced a romantic relationship with her High School Musical co-star Zac Efron. Their relationship garnered significant media attention until they parted ways in 2010. From 2011 to 2019, Hudgens was romantically involved with actor Austin Butler.

By 2021, Hudgens had entered into a relationship with Major League Baseball shortstop Cole Tucker. The couple became engaged in February 2023 and exchanged vows on December 2, 2023, in Tulum, Mexico. In March 2024, Hudgens announced that she and Tucker were expecting their first child.

Hudgens was brought up in the Catholic faith but currently identifies as a non-denominational Christian. She is a member of the Los Angeles branch of Hillsong Church.

In May 2016, Hudgens paid $1,000 in restitution for defacing U.S. Forest Service property by carving initials into a rock in the Coconino National Forest and sharing it on her personal Instagram account.

In March 2020, Hudgens faced backlash after posting an Instagram video where she suggested that deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic were inevitable. Critics accused her of downplaying the severity of the situation and the importance of preventive measures. She later apologized for her comments.

As of October 2021, Hudgens resides in the “Little DeMille” house, originally constructed by director Cecil B. DeMille for his mistress. Prior to Hudgens, the property was owned by actor Gary Oldman.

Leaked images

On September 6, 2007, images reportedly obtained without authorization from Hudgens were shared online, with one depicting her in lingerie and another in the nude.

A statement from her spokesperson mentioned that the photos were taken in private and expressed regret that they were made public. Hudgens later expressed remorse, stating that she felt “embarrassed by the situation” and wished she had not taken those photos.

In January 2008, Hudgens released a statement indicating that she would not be making any further comments on the matter.

In October 2007, OK! magazine speculated that Hudgens might be removed from High School Musical 3 due to the explicit images, but The Walt Disney Company refuted this, saying, “Vanessa has apologized for what was clearly a lapse in judgment. We hope she has learned a valuable lesson.”

In August 2009, another series of images showing Hudgens topless surfaced on the Internet. Hudgens’ representatives chose not to comment, although her legal team requested the removal of the images.

Towards the end of 2009, Hudgens filed a lawsuit against for sharing nude “self-portrait photographs” taken of her with a mobile phone in a private residence.

Hudgens later reflected on the impact of the photos on her career in the October edition of Allure, stating, “Whenever someone asks me if I would do nudity in a film, and I respond that it’s not something I’m comfortable with, they say, ‘Nonsense, you’ve already done it.’ If anything, it’s even more embarrassing because that was a private matter. It’s upsetting that someone betrayed my trust like that. Hopefully, some people are learning from my mistake.”

According to Us Weekly, additional nude images were released on the Internet on March 15, 2011.

Public Image

Hudgens was initially represented by the William Morris Agency, but she later joined the Creative Artists Agency in 2011.

In 2006, her earnings were estimated to be $2 million. She was included in Forbes’ richest list in early 2007, and the Forbes article highlighted her inclusion in Young Hollywood’s Top Earning-Stars.

On December 12, 2008, Hudgens was ranked No. 20 in Forbes’ “High Earners Under 30” list, reporting an estimated earnings of $3 million in 2008.

She was listed as number 62 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women 2008 and number 42 in the 2009 list. Hudgens has also been featured in Maxim’s lists.

She was included in People’s annual “100 Most Beautiful People” lists for 2008 and 2009.

Hudgens serves as a promoter for Neutrogena and was the featured celebrity for Sears’ back-to-school campaign in 2008.

In 2007, she became a spokesperson for Marc Eckō products but ended the contract after two years. Hudgens actively volunteers for charitable activities, including those for Best Buddies International, Lollipop Theater Network, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

She is also featured in A Very Special Christmas Vol.7 disc, which benefits the Special Olympics. Additionally, Hudgens is part of the “Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C): Change The Odds” campaign, alongside other Hollywood stars such as Zac Efron, Dakota Fanning, Kristen Bell, and others.

Hudgens is a frequent attendee of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. She has been unofficially called the “Queen of Coachella”. She is known for her boho-chic fashion style, occasionally going barefoot at the festival as well.

In March 2023, Hudgens was named as a global tourism ambassador by the Philippine government



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Thirteen Noel
2004 Thunderbirds Tin-Tin Kyrano
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Gabriella Montez
2009 Bandslam Sam
The Ultimate Idol Herself Documentary[173]
2011 Beastly Lindy Taylor
Sucker Punch Blondie
2012 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Kailani Laguatan
Spring Breakers Candy
2013 Choose You Ex-girlfriend Short film[174]
The Frozen Ground Cindy Paulson
Machete Kills Cereza Desdemona
Gimme Shelter Agnes “Apple” Bailey
2015 Freaks of Nature Lorelei
2018 Dog Days Tara
The Princess Switch Stacy De Novo / Lady Margaret
Second Act Zoe
2019 Polar Camille
The Knight Before Christmas Brooke Winters Also producer
2020 Bad Boys for Life Kelly
The Princess Switch: Switched Again Stacy De Novo / Lady Margaret / Fiona Also producer
2021 My Little Pony: A New Generation Sunny Starscout Voice role[175]
Tick, Tick… Boom! Karessa Johnson
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star Stacy De Novo / Lady Margaret / Fiona Also producer
2022 Asking for It Beatrice
2023 Dead Hot: Season of the Witch Herself Documentary; also co-executive producer[177]
Downtown Owl Naomi [178]
2024 French Girl Ruby Collins
Bad Boys Ride or Die † Kelly Post-production[179]
TBD Untitled Paul Soriano-directed travel documentary † Herself Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Still Standing Tiffany Episode: “Still Rocking”
Robbery Homicide Division Nicole Episode: “Had”
2003 The Brothers García Lindsay Episode: “New Tunes”
2005 Quintuplets Carmen Episode: “The Coconut Kapow”
2006 Drake & Josh Rebecca Episode: “Little Sibling”
High School Musical Gabriella Montez Television film; Disney Channel Original Movie
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Corrie 4 episodes (season 2)
2007 High School Musical 2 Gabriella Montez Television film; Disney Channel Original Movie
2009 Robot Chicken Lara Lor-Van / Butterbear / Erin Esurance Voice role; episode: “Especially the Animal Keith Crofford”
2012 Punk’d Herself Episode: “Lucy Hale”
2016 High School Musical: 10th Anniversary Herself Television special
Grease Live! Betty Rizzo Television special
Project Runway All Stars Herself Episode: “Let it Flow”; guest judge (season 5)
2018 So You Think You Can Dance Herself Seasons 1415; judge
2018 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Herself Guest judge; episode: “All-Star Variety Show” (season 3)
2018–2019 Drunk History Joan of Arc / Marge Callaghan / Mata Hari Guest star; episodes: “The Middle Ages”, “Baseball”, “Femme Fatales” (seasons 56)
2019 Rent: Live Maureen Johnson Television special
2020 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time Herself Television special; host
The Disney Family Singalong Herself Television special
2021 The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula Herself Guest judge; episode: “Nosferatu Beach Party” (season 4)
Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 3 Herself Television special; runway model
2022 94th Academy Awards Herself Television special; pre-show host
2022 Met Gala Live Herself Livestream special; host[181]
30th MTV Movie & TV Awards Herself Television special; host
Entergalactic Karina Television special; voice role
Eli Roth’s Haunted House: Trick-VR-Treat Fairy/dollmaker VR web special
2023 95th Academy Awards Herself Television special; pre-show host
Rennervations Herself Episode: “Chicago: Building a Mobile Music Bus (ft. Vanessa Hudgens)”
TBA Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas † Willow Voice role


Year Title Role Venue(s)
1998 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Cindy-Lou Who Old Globe Theatre
The King and I Unknown Various locations
1999 Damn Yankees
The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Gale
2000 Cinderella Cinderella
The Little Mermaid Sebastian (9:52–9:55)
2001 Charlotte’s Web Fern Arable
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo
2002 A Christmas Carol Unknown
2003 Evita
The Music Man
2010 Rent Mimi Marquez Hollywood Bowl
2012 The 24 Hour Plays Vanessa Broadway
2015 Gigi Gigi Kennedy Center / Broadway
2018 In the Heights Vanessa Kennedy Center

Vanessa Hudgens Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Vanessa Hudgens is an American actress and singer who has a net worth of $18 million.

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