December 14, 1988 - Salinas, California.
Quote from Vanessa Hudgens:
From the Vanessa Hudgens tribute site:
"I want to put a new genre together. Kinda soulful and kinda rock, and just different, very eclectic. I definitely want to do my thing."
Vanessa Hudgens' Early Years:
Vanessa Hudgens show business career kicked off as a child when she began to make appearances in several television commercials. Rumor has it that she received her first commercial role after trying out for the spot in a friends place. It turned out to be a serious career breakthrough. At the very young age of eight, Hudgens began modeling and also started landing roles in high profile theatrical productions such as How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Wizard Of Oz, and The King And I.
Young Television Actor:
Vanessa Hudgens, known professionally at the time as Vanessa Anne Hudgens, then spent some time in London studying drama and music before moving back to the U.S. to further pursue her career in show business. After landing several parts in lesser-known television shows, Hudgens received her big screen role in the 2003 drama Thirteen.
Trivia Fact About Vanessa Hudgens:
Vanessa Hudgens sang Jessica Simpsons Angels when auditioning for her role in Disneys High School Musical.
After taking on another movie, 2004's Thunderbirds, Vanessa Hudgens got the role of a lifetime as Gabriella Montez in the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical. In the film, Hudgens sang her way through one of the biggest television events of 2006 and was suddenly a household name among children and tweens throughout America. Just as successful as the movie, the soundtrack for High School Musical became one of the top grossing albums of 2006 selling well over 3 million copies. The biggest hit song from the disc was a duet performed by Vanessa Hudgens and fellow High School Musical actor Zac Efron titled Breaking Free." It peaked in the pop top 10.
Record labels saw Hudgens instant success and appeal as a big opportunity. Hollywood Records quickly signed Vanessa as a solo pop singer. She dropped her middle name "Anne" from professional use and worked on her solo debut throughout the summer before the first Vanessa Hudgens album, V, was released in September 2006. The lead single Come Back To Me began climbing the pop charts in early November.