Vanessa Hudgens Had to Fight for her Role in Sucker Punch

Vanessa Hudgens Had to Fight for her Role in Sucker Punch

Vanessa Hudgens may be most known for her role as Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical franchise, but she’s ready to move on.

The 21-year-old actress chatted with Earth’s Mightest during the 2010 ShoWest gala in Las Vegas last week and shared, “High School Musical was an incredible journey, so much fun, life-changing and it made me grow and discover who I am as a person, but you finish it and you’re basically starting from scratch all over again. You can go an do the same thing, but that’s not what I want to do.

Vanessa continued, “I want to continue to grow and do different things that people would not expect. So it’s back to basics every time. I could do another musical, I could play another sweet girl in a movie, but that’s not really what I want to do. And because that’s what I’m known for, it’s kind of harder for them to look at me in a different light. I’ve been fighting for parts; I had to fight for Sucker Punch, which I’m excited about because I feel like it’s the first part that people are going to see me as someone like this, running around with a 30 cal gun.”

How does Vanessa describe her upcoming movie with Zack Snyder? “Sucker Punch is literally six movies put together as one. It’s five strong, sexy women kicking ass and it’s very empowering.”

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  • jess

    she should shut up about high school musical and about being stereotyped. then maybe people would forget about the role that made her. idiot

  • chelsea

    I can’t wait to see that movie!

  • mykamicks

    I think she’s one of the brilliant young actress at the moment aside from being blissful getting a lot of worthable projects after HSM3 wayback 2008.

    This lady is not hypocrite repeating herself where she came from. and what HSM made her. That’s why she became one of famous young A lister now. HSM made her life a full blast. She’s just grateful where she started. So how come one become an idiot?

    On her opinion, that every new movie she is taking ” she considers it starting from the bottom, it means that Vanessa is and always willing to do challenges despite of fame. She is one of the rare person in the business who puts her feet grounded..

    I like her by enduring her life in hollywood and the way she analyzes how monotonous could be, if she will do same movie just because by doing or having a movie only. I never heard some youngsters opinion except from her. She is a person who’s willing to take challenges all the time. And not as Teeny Weeny Boopers forever..

  • suzy

    I am happy that she is picking different things.

  • jo


    it’s not her fault that people have to always bring it up, that;s why she was explaining herself

  • zanessa/scashley/ashnessa

    If anything, she’s growing into a bigger, better and stronger person. I admire her for everything that she’s done and how she’s dealt with some of the ‘troubles’ in her life. When I saw ‘Bandslam’, there was no trace of Gabriella Montez in her. She can pull off different characters, going from sweet to emo to so on and so forth. ‘Beastly’ and ‘Sucker Punch’ will (or might) just prove that she has moved on from HSM.

  • teris

    She needs to work on her acting skills.

    And please u tweeny bopper dont come at me. I really have no time to argue with u zannesa freaks.

  • Vanessa lover

    @teris: Then why come on here

    Glad she is working hard.Proud of her.

  • mykamicks

    So who’s arguing who? Looks who’s talking… freak!

  • London Lemming2

    I am inclined to agree with Jess on this. I have seen the video of this interview on youtube (will post the link in the morning). Vanessa was the one who mentioned HSM,NOT the interviewer. The interviewer asked her Why she chose the SuckerPunch role….

    I think people on here need to learn to respect other peoples opinion. Especially if they differ from theirs. I sometimes feel like I’m observing a bunch a kids in kindergarten. Yes people may not like Vanessa, but respect their opinions.

  • vanessafan

    she is gonna have a hell of a future!
    GO BABY V.

  • Nessa love

    i love nessa

  • Brittany

    and now she’s playing a prostitute LOL

  • nathalia

    she’s gorgeous.. i love her

  • http://zanessa nathalia

    otimo think that vanessa has sought
    other types of character to trablhar
    so people will be able to know their true potential with actress
    vanessa be with you wherever you are

  • vh only

    nothing is needed to be practice, she became popular and known because of who she is so, accept her as who she is like how u accept ur self though you got mistaken. :))

    GO VANESSA, ur fans are ALWAYS here to SUPPORT you. :))

  • mike

    im waiting for her movies to come out

  • Hahaha

    @jess: Yes maybe she had mentioned more than once. But i believe it’s the interviewer who had asked about high school musical all the times. So what if she’s play prostitute. The matter is that she like the role. There’s alot of space for her to improve on her acting skills. I can feel that she is trying hard to improve it. If she had no heart about improving her skills, why would she be taking a break from singing?

    Well, i certainly agree with mykamicks. She’s someone to learn from. She dare to face the reality and not hide like a coward. Haters, i believe, are just envy or jealous about her. IF you really don’t like her, why are you here? I been thinking about this all the time. And to conclude it, i really think you have no life. Go to ur favourite idols pages and defend them. I think that lots better than jealous-ing someone that you are envy.

    Way to go vanessa! I will always support you. One day, i believe you will win Oscar.

  • Live.s

    Vanessa shouldn’t run away from the thing that made her famous, she’s good at musicals and stuff.
    I get that right now she wants to be “badass” lol but she should still do the stuff she is good at.
    She is really pretty though, gotta give her props for being a natural beauty in this fake “Hollywood” world.
    But she does need to work on her acting skills, she is still growing.
    One day she will be a threat in all categories!
    She should play and ethnic role, like an indian role or something…she has that exotic look. It be exciting to see her play something like that.
    I dont really think HSM was a “tweeny” thing…it was a movie that brought back musicals. People of all ages and different backgrounds love it!
    I am pretty stoked to see her with a giant gun in Suckerpunch!
    wohooo! lol

  • lslsharon

    So excited for Sucker Punch!

  • jazmin

    She’s grown up a lot in her interviews. I know she’s not the best actress out there and still have a lot to learn and she knows that and atleast she’s doing something she loves. Love her.

    No matter what she does, say, wear or even eat (lol) haters will always find a faults…just ignore them and let them post and it gives more hits to V’s post(s).

    Here’s the link that London Lemming2 was talking about. However, I did not hear her mention HSM when the interviewr asked her why she chose the SuckerPunch role. Although, prior to that she was asked by another interviewer about HSM. hmmmm. I believe this is a different interview and there is no video, yet.

    Thanks JJjr for posting.

  • ellen

    she needs to shut up and go away. sounds like another BANDSLAM success story about to tank. she’s an idiot.

  • tina

    You know every time she opens her mouth she sounds so stupid. she’s another delusional Barbie from Hollywood who thinks she’s a better actor then she really is. Without HSM she’s just a dud.

  • Mir

    Ahí more cute..

  • Unbelieveable

    You know what I’m sick and tired of people saying I have a right to my opinion as an excuse to say something rude and nasty. If you don’t like her, you don’t like her and that’s fine. Yes u have a right to your opinion but that doesn’t give u the right to be a jerk.

  • peggy


    And tyour another delusional poster who wont fess up to be ignorant.

    She’s getting roles and the people giving her roles are far smarter about the industry than you are. So basically you have no idea what you are talking about.


    who said she needs to brush up on her acting skills – all actors need that even Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino still have acting coaches maybe you should see Bandslam – it seems the top critics think she’s doing fine and I don’t have time to argue with a Vanessa hater who can’t read

  • go sox

    @tina: You know, I don’t want to argue with you, but what in that interview made you think she sounded stupid? I think she sounds very well spoken here, and is explaining her reasons for carefully choosing different types of roles. This is how she’s going to get that acting experience. She doesn’t want to typecast herself into Gabriella-type roles, since that is what she is known for. I think that is VERY wise…..she’s not just taking roles to be seen and popular. It’s obviously important to her to grow as an actress. You have to give her credit for that.

  • annasaurus

    This movie better be as good as she’s hyping it up to be. The original lineup with Amanda Seyfried, Evan Rachel Wood and Emma Stone was much more exciting but I guess they had to move onto bigger and better things.

  • http://google BARBARA

    @ Tina, you have a right to your opinion, at lease know want you are talking about, you have no clue, you not win award at showwest if you don’t have talent. you just jealous and hate Vanessa and it is your loss and your problem. Sometimes you are ask supid guestions at these functions I thought she answer very truthfully and being her self and being polite as always. By the way Vanessa autition for very movie she has been in and she won the part. Do tou know who Zack Sydner is ? He is the director 300 and watchman, he was not sure Vanessa was right for the part and he saw her video and was blown away and thought she was great and the director of BEASTLY the same, H er movie Blandslam, she got critical acclaim for her part of Sa5m. So I think they know more want there talking about than you.

  • http://google BARBARA

    @ Annasaurus. Amanda Seyfriend, was committed to HBO, and they would not her go to do the movie. thats why she isn’t doing HBO anymore. because she really wanted to do the movie, the other actresses were doing other movies.

  • vfan

    I love Vanessa.
    And this interview shows how much effort she puts into getting a role for a film….unlike other actors who just get the handed to them on a plate.
    Love vanessa….so down to Earth. :)

  • Karen

    I don’t understand why people come on these sites and insult Vanessa and then make a demeaning comment referring to “teenies” or “tweens” and then has the gall to say you don’t have time to argue with them. Your intent is so obvious and you show yourself as the immature and childish one. If I was a betting person, I’d say YOU are the “tweeny bopper”. You just think you are so far above it all.

    Plus, I don’t recall reading anywhere in any interview where Vanessa comes off as thinking she is the best actress. She has talked many times about improving herself, etc. I dare say that ever DiCaprio and the likes can say they learn something new with every movie and director they work with. If you get to the place where you are not learning something new or think you know everything then you stagnate. We have heard about actors who simply seemed to “phone in their part” in a movie and it is usually meant as an insult by a critic. That’s what happens to stars who think they know it all and quit improving.

    tina: we all know who you are and why should we take anything you say seriously? You date WAY back as a Vanessa hater so no matter what she would do, you’d hate her.

  • peggy


    Vanessa was cast with Amanda and Rachel but Amanda couldnt get out of her HBO contract and Rachel had a conflict in production. But tey all wanted to do the film because just about EVERYBODY in Hollywood wants to work with Zach Snyder

    Vanessa has worked wth Evan Rachel before, remember.

    Abbie Cornish and Emily BRowning are nothing to sneeze at.

  • daniel

    how many haters ……………i mean bunch of losers ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
    anyways sucker punch sounds amazing specially because vanessa and emily are on it
    go girls

  • live in love kuuipo

    If ever Vanessa’s looking back to her HSM days just shows how greatful she is. She does not forget where she came from, who gave her a lucky break, that thus made her where she is now, an A lister!. It’s one great Filipino trait that I believe instilled to her by her dear mother. Jared you know this too, do you? She’s one humble person which makes me love her so much and so does other fans.

  • Ruby

    Those pics with tat sundress are so hilarious!!!! LMAO
    her stupid self forgot to take her tag off!!!! I no it happens but i am sure she checks herself in the mirror but how could she miss that??!!!!

    N.E. Ways i dont like Vanessa cause i think she is a fake and Many other reasons( not the nude pics)!!!!!!

    Despite all of that i do honestly really want to see this movie and i think that maybe it will do good in the theater!!! ( I am not a hater just don’t like her!!)).

  • annasaurus

    @peggy: I knew all of that. I don’t have a problem with Vanessa doing this movie.

    But it’s a major downgrade to have Emily Browning, Jena Malone and Jamie Chung replace Amanda Seyfried, Rachel Evan Woods and Emma Stone. Major Major downgrade.

    Zack Snyder is only good at making super stylistic movies that have fantastic trailers but disappointing movies overall.

  • kirreii

    I think the fans should just ignore the haters instead of arguing with them. It’s obviously making them happy that they’re achieving their ‘goal’ of making you upset. Yeah yeah, they say stupid things, but so what? Just ignore them and move on. Haters are always gonna be haters, you can’t change their minds with facts. -_-

    Even if Vanessa didn’t mention HSM, then she would be bashed on anyways because she ‘isn’t thankful of what brought her here’. The haters are always gonna find something to hate (it’s their hobby obviously :P), so no point in stating what you think it’s right cause they’re gonna say something ignorant anyways.

    Because you guys are coming up with comebacks, the haters have a reason to say something else back. If you just leave them, most likely they won’t post again because that’ll just make them look stupid and naive.

    But that’s just my opinion…

  • ZANE

    cant wait to see her movie again

  • peggy


    How exactly do you not like someone you/ve never met do you have any idea how ignorant that sounds.

    Well I have met her and you are so wrong she was sweet and very nice.

    How would you like all the people in your life to decide they don’t like you because of a perception made by pics or press etc. You’d be the first one screaming “You don’t know me get to know me”

    Unless of course you’re one of these jealous pathetic fans upset because of who her man is.

  • Hahaha

    Well, it’s not haters fault. Seriously, i believe they have no life. I don’t care whether you JUST DON’T like her or hate her. To me it’s the same meaning. Since you don’t like her why are you here? Gosh! Well, i used to hate her just because of the scandals. Well, maybe not hate, i JUST DON’T like her. But soon, after my examination, i have a lot of free time and started checking out on her. To my amazement, though, her scandals, but she still continue to move on. That really surprises me. I thought she would just run away from it or hide around for few months after the scandal was over. Even though i never met her before, but i believe she’s a really talented girl who is really trying very hard to improve her acting. I just don’t understand after SO many years ppl still can’t forget about her scandal. If you have times, don’t waste it here, go check out about her news and see how wonderful she is.

  • annasaurus

    @Hahaha: This sounds like an infomercial testimonial. I used to hate her but now I love her. Blah blah blah. She’s so wonderful!

    People don’t dislike her because of her pic leakage. They just don’t like her or they don’t think she’s a good actress and really nothing you can say and dissuade them from that because they’ll have to change their own minds.

  • Jess!

    i´m so proud of her!

  • Katty

    I love her. I can’t wait until Beastly and Sucker Punch. I want to know about the movies she is looking into, what kind of characters she will be playing, all of that.

    Can’t wait for more news! SP sounds amazing.

  • Jess!

    she is so well spoken

  • Katty


    Vanessa was still going to be in it from the beginning…

    Anyways, on there are new pix of V and Z out in Malibu from the other day… if you want to check them on, go on ahead!

  • chelsea

    this movie sounds amazing, i mean ZACK SNYDER..

  • Trina

    Vanessa just gets better and better in interviews and her movie roles. She was great in “Bandslam” as Sa5m. Can’t wait to see her in “Beastly” and “Suckerpunch.”

    And, it doesn’t matter what the haters say. Their opinion is not going to change Vanessa’s status as an actress or as a fashion icon.

  • Joochi

    You know it doesn’t matter what this young woman does she attracts attitudes of all kinds. The reality is this world now days are so full of cowards that they fail to see their own faults. It’s easy to step on someone’s face from afar than to do it in person. The thing I’m getting at is the hater’s are so full of envy for Vanessa for she held face to what people have done and did to her and not ran away like a coward.
    The mistakes she’s done is so very human being and that’s the way she is, not cowarding down to anyone. Poking fun at her, belittling her, defacing her, etc. are all things that are making her a better person inside as well as outside, words don’t hurt unless you fall into them and she’s not doing so and it makes the hater’s even more with envy, that’s why I love this girl, throughout all of her humiliation, she’s gotten stronger and wiser and my friend’s (hater’s) she’ll be around for a very long time so get use to it. Keep on humiliating her for she’ll only get better and keep on smiling. God Bless You Hater’s…..

  • brian

    Eager to see where her career goes :)