Vanessa Hudgens: Beastly Is Magical

Vanessa Hudgens: Beastly Is Magical

Vanessa Hudgens recently sat down with the Montreal Gazette to chat about her upcoming role in the fantasy romance, Beastly.

The 20-year-old actress dished to the paper on why the role spoke to her, why she wouldn’t have taken the part and living every girl’s dream. Check it:

On the appeal of Beastly: “I just thought it was magical. Every girl wants to be a princess and Beauty and the Beast is a classic tale of a princess and a prince. Just the fact that it was going to be told in a way that was modern and edgy and sexy, that was very appealing. It wasn’t something that was too far away from my target audience, but it is, in a way, a step to building new fans. It does reach out to an older group. But I’m trying to take it slow and not do anything too drastic.”

On why she chose to take the role of Lindy Taylor: “With High School Musical, I adore my character and it’s so much fun. But (Beastly) is so much older and so much edgier, and it deals with tough situations, like my dad being a drug addict, and we really get to see people fall in love hard. The stakes are very high. It’s just sexy.”

On not taking the part if boyfriend Zac Efron had been the Beast: “Just because I feel we’re growing up and we want to be able to differentiate ourselves as actors. Not that I don’t want to do something with him eventually. But it’s just – we did our thing [High School Musical movies] together and we’re just going to let that be for the moment.”

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  • nathalia

    she’s gorgeous.
    first?

  • pink sugar

    That is a beautiful still picture. I hope the movie is way than the book.

  • Z&V Fan

    It is not out until next year so long wait but I will go and see it for sure.

  • Catol

    Love it!!
    I can’t wait for this movie!!

  • Simba

    первый

  • amy

    She;s amazing!

  • heat.

    i love that picture of her, so amazinggg. I can’t wait for this movie ghgjdghjf

  • Trina

    She sounds so grown up in her latest interviews. Good for her.

  • http://myspace.com/youth4cancer listen to mayday parade

    I cant wait to see her in something different… Not even this so much, but sucker punch is completely different, isnt it?

    I wont see Bandslam, because well, lets face it, there are tons of movies out there just like that one..

    But shes pretty and could be talented, but I cant decide until I see her act in something that is more edgy. Cause I feel like her HSM role was just fitting for who she is. And how hard is it to really act like yourself? Right..

    But I think she can be successful, but she needs to smarten up. I refuse to believe those new pics were from the same set as the old ones, lets face it, the way she wears her hair now, is the exact same in the pics. and if we all recall, the first set were just awful hair. But I think now that Dane Cook embarrassed her, she will smarten up, and focus on her acting to prove herself.

    Cant wait, she will do great.

    And less singing would be awesome, cause her voice isnt awesome, her acting is better.

  • Sa5m

    i can’t wait to see the movei
    and i agree with her she should make movies with differnt actors
    but i can’t wait to zanessa again…
    love u vanessa <3

  • Sharkmanatee

    GORGEOUS!! CAN’T WAIT FOR BEASTLY!!! and i cant’ wait for bandslam to come out in my country!! i’m bringing my friends to watch it. :)

  • nicole

    i can’t wait, she looks beautiful, i think so many people underestimate her talent. I think she will have the longest career in Hollywood.

  • Trina

    From Dakota Fanning, a very wise young woman:

    “‘You have to be able to separate your personal life from playing a character. . . . That’s not your real life.”

    This is something that sets Zac and Vanessa and their relationship apart from others in the business. Too bad that a lot of Zac’s fans don’t see things that way.

  • georgia

    screw the vanessa posts, they’re all boring.
    much hate towards her. (:

  • Karen

    Im so going to go watch this movie. Its amazing how she’s growing up into bigger roles. She’s a very talented actress and has an amazing future as one.

  • Sharkmanatee

    @listen to mayday parade: she’s already doing what you’re saying in your comment. she’s focusing on her acting already and just give Bandslam a chance. it has gotten great reviews. the character she plays(Sa5m) is totally different from Gabriella in HSM.
    and about the pics, they really are old. she had brown hair before too. she REALLY hasn’t done it again.
    *peace*

  • http://YAHOO.COM Vanessa fan

    I love her so much!
    Sh so pretty and talented!
    I can’t wait til this movie comes out!
    I will see i NO MATTER WHAT!
    :)
    Also who cares if zac isn’ her love intrest in 1 movie! She can dowhatever she wants!

  • http://www.fotolog.com/gr3fron Gre

    Honestly, I don’t like Vanessa for that character.
    I think she’s beautiful and Lindy only is atractive.

    I hate when people don’t respect the books.

  • Bia

    oooh vanessa, you make me love you more more and more. ♥

  • Karen

    #8–listen to mayday parade:

    No, you are wrong about how there are a ton of movies just like Bandslam. That’s just it, this is quite original and that is why the critic love it. It is fresh as Rotten Tomatoes have declared it to be. The thing I love about it the most that it was not predictable or like the formula movies they put out there for teens. There are characters who are interesting and brought to life by some young actors who are worth watching. Don’t like Vanessa? Don’t worry for there are so many great young people who actually performed and played their own instrument in the movie whether they did before filming this movie or not. SO, don’t make that snide kind of remark.

    Plus, on the picture issue: IF you looked at them which it seems like you did it is OBVIOUS even to an untrained eye that she is very young in those pictures and are NOT CURRENT. So, don’t start.

  • zanessa-for-life-fan

    I can’t wait for Beastly, it sounds great!

    I’d love to see Zanessa in a movie again, but more into the future, their chemistry would make an excellent movie!

  • Karen

    I also like that she and Zac are trying to distance themselves from each other career-wise for right now. I think it will be great for them to work together again in the future since they have so much chemistry but now would be way too soon. Too many people would get too used to seeing them do movies together or criticize them for doing just that. They are both very smart to do separate movies right now and be very selective when they do finally act together in one.

  • Katty

    This movie looks interesting, and I will go see it when it comes out.
    She is right, her and Zac need to distance their careers from each other a little. They have good chemistry, true, they work together well, true, and they don’t hate each other, and all that, but they don’t want to be known as the real-life couple who is always playing the couple, you know? They need to make their own mark individially, then they can make another fun movie together.

  • jo

    CBS films better distribute this right, unlike SUMMIT who failed big time..

  • Sharkmanatee

    @jo: YES i totally agree with you. CBS better not screw up the marketing of Beastly. it’s too appealing too screw up.

  • Sharkmanatee

    *to

  • bob

    Bandslam good reviews? Really? It was a major flop even with Vanessa trying to promote it with her racy pictures AGAIN.

  • you suck!

    Oh ppl pls just IGNORE “bob” he is just trying to get a fight

  • peggy

    @Sharkmanatee:

    As usual you add your completel stupditry to everytime you post. If you had any knowledge about anything you would know that the lawyers were able to get the pics removed because even the blog had the co puter program that proved the pixs were from 2006 and since she was not as famous we don’t know how she wore her hair she doesn’t wear her hair the same way every day now. I guess you haven’t changed your look ever.

    Further if you bothered to read the reviews assuming you would know there is nothing out there like it including a review from Stephanie Meyers the author of Twilight..

    Finally when you get embarrassed over some mistake you made and you have made mistakes and will make more – remember this dumb post and if your not a V fan go somewhere where your stupid remarks are welcome.

  • Sharkmanatee

    @peggy: i’m a Vanessa fan! i’m defending her!!! HELLO!?!??! i think you addressed your comment to the wrong person??

  • dots

    I cannot wait for this movie!
    The book was amazing, but the movie seems like it’s going to be different, but in a good way.
    She looks so beautiful in that picture.
    Why 2010?! I can’t wait haha.
    And I’m glad Zac isn’t in it with her, they need to separate themselves in movies before they work together.
    Plus, I don’t mind having to stare at Alex ;D

  • maria

    What a smart, savvy girl. She knows where she wants to go, and is doing it the right way. I think Bandslam was a great start for her, and Beastly looks fabulous. By the time Sucker Punch comes out, she will be a few years beyond 21, and ready for the mature audiences. She is doing it just right.

    I am so happy to see her get roles that show her vulnerability, charm, depth, and screen presence. She deserves it after 3 stints as Gabriella, which showed nothing of what she can do!

  • eLLa

    i LOVED the book! I hope the movie is just as awesome! I love V, Bandslam was amazing! And totally different! I can’t wait for this!

  • peggy

    @Sharkmanatee:

    I did I’m so sorry

  • Charlie JohnSon

    Beastly is going to bomb just like Bandslam over the weekend

  • http://www.justjaredjr.com nikki

    GO VANESSA!
    YOUR BEAUTIFUL!
    YOU ROCK!
    BEASTLY IS FULLY GNA BE AMAZING!
    IM SO EXCITED!!!!!

  • Sharkmanatee

    @peggy: hahah it’s okay. everybody makes mistakes, right? (double innuendo intended) ;D

  • peggy

    @listen to mayday parade:

    As usual you add your completel stupditry to everytime you post. If you had any knowledge about anything you would know that the lawyers were able to get the pics removed because even the blog had the co puter program that proved the pixs were from 2006 and since she was not as famous we don’t know how she wore her hair she doesn’t wear her hair the same way every day now. I guess you haven’t changed your look ever.

    Further if you bothered to read the reviews assuming you would know there is nothing out there like it including a review from Stephanie Meyers the author of Twilight..

    Finally when you get embarrassed over some mistake you made and you have made mistakes and will make more – remember this dumb post and if your not a V fan go somewhere where your stupid remarks are welcome.

  • peggy

    AGAIN SORRY SHARKMANATEE I HIT THE WRONG REPLY BUTTON THE POST WAS NOT FOR YOU

  • Sharkmanatee

    @peggy: it’s really okay! i’m fine, i’m cool! no offense taken. hahah. you can stop apologising.

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  • blairr

    mature &beautiful.

  • masbonita

    Thanks ! Can’ t wait for this movie . Also I’m so glad Zac is not playing the Beast because Alex Is prefect for this part …. More pictures of V!!!

  • istar

    im already excited for beastly!!! the book was amazing :DD

  • http://myspace.com/youth4cancer listen to mayday parade

    @peggy:

    lol

  • http://justjaredjr.buzznet.com vanny

    love her so much<3

  • Rickii

    GO V

  • http://myspace.com/youth4cancer listen to mayday parade

    i love writing nonsense to stir up the V fans . its too easy.

  • Tata

    Love Nessa!!!! she is good in decision making!