'High School Musical' Actress Talks About the Price of Fame
'High School Musical' Actress Talks About the Price of Fame
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Springing back from her nude photo scandal that leaked to the internet earlier this year, High School Musical's Vanessa Anne Hudgens shares her sentiments on Hollywood and what she has learned after getting embroiled in various controversies.

Hudgens, who turned 19 last week, made her big screen debut with films like Thirteen and Thunderbirds, before reaching fame in the 2006 hit Disney Channel film High School Musical.  But she attracted even more attention when her onscreen chemistry with costar Zac Efron blossomed into real life romance, which immediately became a hot topic in many media outlets.

"It is a dog-eat-dog world," Hudgens told the Daily Telegraph.  "People want to know about people's business…no one really has a sense of privacy because everyone is trying to get into your business.  And people become jaded and infatuated with Hollywood.  I think it happens to a lot of celebrities and it messes with their head."

Playing Gabriella Montez in High School Musical has been Hudgens' biggest role yet and as a result of the film's massive success and popularity, the young actress has gained numerous offers and endorsements, including a contract with Old Navy, Neutrogena and Ecko line.  She has also pursued her own music career with release of her debut album “V.”

Despite the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Hudgens has come to realize that stardom comes with a price.  Upon rocketing to fame, the High School Musical star has been under the close watch of the public and has been scrutinized even more by the media ever since her photo scandal erupted in September, which gravely put her reputation and career at risk.

Now, Hudgens has learned from her mistakes and is wise enough to know the show business has a way of "chewing up celebrities." She is also very thankful for fans who have stood by her side in her time of crisis.

"I don't like people staring at me all the time and I don't want people following me around," she revealed.  "I became an actress and started singing and dancing because I truly loved it.  I did not want to be a celebrity; I did it because I genuinely enjoy doing it.  I think fame is just something that comes along when you are in something that is such a success.

"Fame is an interesting thing but my fans are very supportive and I thank them so much," she added.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Daily Telegraph
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