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Vanessa Hudgens: I Do This For Myself

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You may not recognize Vanessa Hudgens in her latest role, as a pregnant teen named Apple in the new movie, "Gimme Shelter."   She looks totally unlike she did in "High School Musical" or anything else for that matter.

"When my agent sent me the script, I felt like this character had been inside of me. It really resonated with me, and I just knew I had to do it. But I also knew I would have to completely reinvent my look. To tap into Apple, I used my own interpretation that I've picked up or seen in my 25 years of life. I wanted to completely change everything about what I am physically, down to my voice. I wanted to push myself. I also went and stayed at a shelter about two weeks before filming started to get into the mindset of the girls."

And that, she tells the Miami Herald, was a difficult experience .. because she's had such am easy life herself.  "I was pretty shocked. I've lived a pretty sheltered life for the most part and never been around young mothers like that. I had to put myself in their position and take on their mentality and become one of the moms in the same situation. I wanted to live it rather than say, watch it on TV. Being connected to women is such a special thing."

But there was an upside to her transformation.  She GAINED weight for the role.  "It was the best! I stopped working out, ate whatever I wanted: pizza, pasta, croissants. I had the excuse to let loose!"

Vanessa Hudgens joins Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Vanessa Hudgens: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an American actress and singer. Hudgens rose to prominence playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series.

2) Hudgens has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel. She had her feature film debut in the 2003 film Thirteen, a teenage drama in which Hudgens had a supporting role. She had mainstream success following the release of the High School Musical trilogy, and her relationship with co-star Zac Efron was heavily publicized. Her appearance in the series helped make her a household name. Songs from the films also charted worldwide, with the song "Breaking Free" peaking inside the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. This led to Hudgens releasing her debut album, V, on September 26, 2006 which entered the Billboard 200 at number 24, and was later certified Gold. Her second album, Identified, was released on July 1, 2008 in the United States.

3) Since the release of her albums and the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has focused on her acting career. In 2009, she earned critical acclaim for her role in the film Bandslam. She has also appeared in the film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island alongside Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson. She later appeared in the film Spring Breakers (2013), alongside Selena Gomez. The film focused on topics such as drug use and sexual activity. She later released the song "$$$ex" to promote the film. Hudgens also appeared in the film Machete Kills, directed by Robert Rodriguez.

‘Gimme Shelter' opens Friday.

Website: gimmeshelterthemovie.com

Twitter: @VanessaHudgens

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