Vanessa Hudgens: 'Beastly' Opens TODAY!!!

Vanessa Hudgens: 'Beastly' Opens TODAY!!!

Vanessa Hudgens, like her character Lindy, knows the true meaning of beauty.

The 22-year-old actress opened up to USA Today about her new flick, keeping her head on straight and chopping her hair. Check it:

On remaining grounded: “”I had my family to keep me grounded. I’m so close to my mom and dad. Their world doesn’t revolve around Hollywood. I also had friends to grow with, like Ashley [Tisdale] and Zac [Efron]. We all went on this journey together and had each other to fall back on. You’ve got to have your friends to keep your head on straight.”

On her vision of beauty in Hollywood: “”It used to always be about the big blond hair and the big blue eyes. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the idea of the classic beauty is changing. I’m blessed to have so many different ethnicities. I’m a chameleon, and that’s given me great opportunities.”

On moving past her former Disney image: “I cut off about a foot of my hair, so it’s harder now. With two movies coming out this month, I want to give people the opportunity to truly see me differently. Now I have a new sense of confidence. I don’t have a mane to hide behind..”

On the message of Beastly: “I’m a big fan of the Disney animated movie. I wanted to be Belle. What girl wouldn’t want to be a princess and find a guy who she can call her own and who transforms into a handsome prince? And I really like the message: ‘Never judge a book by its cover. Looks aren’t everything.’ They may seem like everything, especially in high school, but it’s amazing how it’s so not that.”

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  • dannie_Zv4e

    TE AMOOOOO VANESSA HUDGENS!!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH VANESSA….WITH ALL MY HEART!! YOU ARE MY IDOL, MY ROLEMODEL!! AND I ALLWAYS BE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU FOREVER!!
    YOU ARE THE BEST….ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT!! I CANT WAIT TO SEE BEASTLY!! =D
    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! FROM COLOMBIA :)

  • http://justjared.buzznet.com Telle

    YES’¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡little pissed off ..critics don’t like beastly but general people enjoy it .=(
    what the hell means that ?’ i don’t care ¡¡¡¡beastlYt’s bEAUTIFUL

  • amelia25

    Go Nessa! But really, miss Zanessa, is sad all is over now, I can´t image Zac nad Nessa with another one, but this going to happen. Snffff!!!

  • Chanon

    She is lucky to have a lot of different ethnicities. :/

  • Ivy

    You rock, Baby V! I’m so blessed to have a idol like you, i love how you stay true to yourself, no matter what! And I love that you send that massage to the world! It’s so hard on this days to see a celeb that cares more about what goes around her than with her nails… You’re the best! Keep on sending the love message to the world!

  • Ivy

    #Brazil♥VHudgens

  • danae

    love her, <3

  • http://twitter.com/lipkin20 lauren lipkin

    uh,
    how bout opening up about zac more? and talking bout what the hell went wrong in that relationship?
    that would get ppl reading

  • Fauve

    @lauren lipkin: Lauren dear this post is about Beastly not about the break up today is her big day with an opening night lets keep it at that topic. BTW went to see Beastly it was better than good it was AWESOME! Loved it. took a lot of people with me and each person loved it all ages were there packed to the gills with people. I laughed, and I said awww! It was truly touching this movie is the next great step for Vanessa Hudgens to a bright future. It is worth every penny see it more then once it is that good. Tonight is your night Vanessa Hudgens baby you’re a firework!

  • http://twitter.com/lipkin20 lauren lipkin

    @farve,
    sorry

  • laquida

    I LOVEEEEEEEEEE VANESSA SO MUCH AND SHE IS LIKE MY YOUNGER SISTER ONLY BY 4 YEARS,A WONDERFUL ACTRESS,SINGER,AND DANCER!!THIS YOUR BIG DAY AND YEAR AND PROUD OF YOU!!:):)

  • laquida

    GOD BLESS YOU BABYGIRL!!:)

  • daniel

    i love that pic¡¡she looks freaking prettyy
    im OK ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  • potaa

    oh wow : ) it’s a good interview. she’s really beautiful inside-outside
    stay success V! love her lots!

  • http://None Juddy

    Baby v tonight is your night
    Best and luck too you my baby .

  • Deb

    Well, I’ve seen a few reviews for Beastly. They are not good. The consensus is that Alex simply cannot act at all. They were a bit nicer to Nessa, but not much. One review even said that they wished Zac had played the part because at least he actually can act.

  • neGro xoxo

    oh i love her and i think she is a great person and i am happy for her because it’s her day and she can have all of her friends around like Ashley and Zac..i am personally not sure if Zanessa break up or no

  • Diamond

    She seems soo happy now , and she has been soo busy lately but her personality is always still glowing , she stays true to who she is , and she is really passionate about her career ! I heard beastly was AMAZING from alot of people on Twitter and I CANNOT WAIT to see it tomorrow with my friends I kno it will Be Great !!!!! God Bless , Vanessa ♥

  • http://google BARBARA

    I love the movie, Vanessa, Kyle and Neil patrick harris, Ashley, were great, I took my grandchidren, they loved it too. there was people of all knds ages. it was full. DEB, THERE WERE ALOT OF GOOD REVIEWS, PLUS THE FROM THE ORANDO HERALD WHICH DOESN’T LIKE MUNCH, AND HE GAVE IT THREE STARS AND HE SAID THIS WAS THE BEST MOVIE HE SEEN SO FAR, THERE WAS ALOT MORE, IT WAS FUNNY,AND CUTER, AND VANESSA WAS BEAUTIFUL, SHE HAS SUCH A EXPRESSIVE FACE, AND HER AND KYLE HAD GOOD CHEMENARY.THE SCENARY IS BEAUTIFUL, ZAC SAID VANESSA IS FUN TO WATCH.

  • beatriz

    she talk about zac efron <3
    haha i’m glad

  • sophie

    she was spotted at the burbank airport, on a flight to new orleans..? perhaps more promo or something?

  • http://google BARBARA

    @ ALY, Would you go to Sucker Punch is six movies in one I have a question for you, i want yout opinion.

  • Deb

    @BARBARA:
    Who are Kyle and Ashley?

  • joan

    @dannie_Zv4e: OMG GREAT i’m From Colombia Too and yes Colombia Love Her i Can’t Wai i Know Will be One Of my Favortie Movies =DI Love Nessa¡¡¡

  • http://google BARBARA

    I ment to say Alex, and Ashley olson, she plays the witch.

  • maria

    Just got back from the movie. Have to say, I LOVED it. It’s certainly NOT award-winning, or anything like that. But it’s a REALLY nice little movie, with really likeable characters, a really great message, beautiful sets, and super music. Alex was very complex, and evolved nicely in the movie. But Vanessa, was really stunning. I loved how Lindy grew to love Hunter. What really blew me away though, was how her face just GLOWED onscreen. I’ve always thought she was gorgeous, but she has such an amazing presence on screen and her eyes and expressions are just beautiful. Loved NPH and MaryKate. The theatre was PACKED, and EVERYONE loved it. They screamed for ALex, cheered when they finally kissed, and laughed at all the right times. It looks like they finally marketed this to the right demo.

    They also showed the Sucker Punch trailer, and that got huge cheers. Looks like people can’t wait for that either!!

  • skyhigh95

    I heard that Zac was offered to this movie but he turned it down, is it true?

  • zanessa/scashley/ashnessa

    Just got back from the theater and it was, of course, positively, absolutely, AMAZING !!! Vanessa’s acting was a step up from Bandslam. I adore her character in Beastly and overall it was.. it was just a great movie with an even greater message. Although, I am kind of disappointed that Mary-Kate Olsen was not in it as much as I thought she would be.. She was great. I loved seeing her as Kendra the witch !! I loved everything. People should get tickets and watch it right away !!

  • kimann

    Wee! Opened about Zac, can u please elaborate Ms. Hudgens? :)))

  • http://bookwomry9@twitter.com Teresa995

    I saw the movie and to be honest it was not the best movie. It is not award-winning, and it is a little choppy when it comes to plot, but I have to admit that the entire cast did a job well done with the type of script they had. The script was not the best and you need a good script to make a good movie, but the actors did a wonderful job supplying emotion and realism with facial expressions and body language where the dialogue lacked.

    Both Alex and Mary-Kate were great. LisaGrey was amazing Neil was outstanding. But Vanessa preformance was the one that surprised me. I did not know she could make a character that I found smewhat unlikable on paper seem like someone I would befriend on screen, especially sence her part was probably the worst written. Major props for Vanessa. My respect for her just shot up a tiny bit.

    It is not headed towards the Oscars, but for a nice movie night with the family on a rainday, Beastly is the perfect choice- satisfying both substance of characters and just plain fun. I think the general public- people who overlook good plot, character development, and acting- will completely enjoy this film.

    But that is just my opinion- someone who is not in the business or even has taken classes to be able to critic this fairly.

  • ZvNYFan

    Surprisingly beautiful movie to watch with the family. Its not the best one like evryone is talking about but come on, its a fairytale movie so I don’t know why people are so demanding about the movie being perfect. Just because Vanessa Hudgens is in it, critics are so full of crap to say and criticize her every move. They call its bad acting and etc. , You know what, who cares… I Have seen it with my teen daughters and they were so happy and content on the movie. Its like a movie with a twist and turn. This is not a big movie with big shot actors so please people stop criticizing them, instead give them a chance to prove themselves and appreciate them. All I can say is the movie delivers what is expected and all the actors did well on their parts which make this a must see movie for people who wants just to have fun and enjoy a day with friends, and family and dates as well. NPH by the way is hilarious and made the movie even more interesting.

  • meryam

    beastly open in third place with 3.5 million i think it good

  • Aly

    @BARBARA:

    I did, i can`t post here T.T i`m not going to see beastly in cinema for a long long time, don`t want to be jealous of you all who see it.

  • Allie

    I’m pretty sure that Vanessa said that Zac got sent the script but actors get sent loads of scripts that they don’t look twice at. Truth is that this is a film that was good for Vanessa but not for Zac. The beast part is good for someone for Alex when he was offered the part – mostly unknown outside the UK, known for his looks/being a model rather than a actor. He has to act – can’t rely on the good looks.

  • yets

    i love to watch Beastly

  • lady

    The Gym In Studio City – March 4 http://bit.ly/gEBeTP #VanessaHudgens .her mom and sister was with her to.what time was she at the airport.

  • Daniela

    Love her badly!!!!!!!!!!

  • Daniela

    @ZvNYFan:
    I desagree, in fact, I read various critics and they loved her act, they say that she brings realism and humanity to the movie, obviously there are some that didn’t like her but the mayority does.

  • http://twitter.com/_stellChanel paola Dyan

    I watched it and completely fell in love with it. Defiantly recommend <3
    Now, can’t wait for Sucker Punch <3333333333333333

  • Haters Suck!

    I’m reading beastly could hit the $10 million mark this weekend. I was hoping for $8 but if it hits $10 I will be very very pleased . Keep it up and go Vanessa and go beastly.

  • Deb

    @BARBARA:
    Ashley is not in the movie. Mary-Kate Olsen plays the witch.

  • laquida

    have anybody watched beastly online? because I don’t have a friend to go with.Its beats saving money.also,i can easily watch it on here,my laptop

  • amelia25

    Go Nessa!

  • http://google BARBARA

    i’m so proud of Vanessa, God bless her always.

  • susan

    From Hollywood Reporter:

    CBS Films’ Beastly got off to a better-than-expected start, thanks to young females. The film, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer grossed an estimated $3.5 million from 1,952 theaters to place No. 3.

    Beastly, a retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, could hit $10 million for the weekend. It received a B+ CinemaScore.

    Good news for our Vanessa! She has to be on top of the world this weekend!

  • maria

    @laquida: That is not going to help the box office, and movies like this need people to go to the theatre; NOT watch it illegally online.

  • kad

    Critical reception is extremely crucial for an actor’s/actress’s success. To succeed in this business, you have to either amass standout reviews or bring in the cash. Sadly, this movie won’t do anything to help Hudgen’s career and may tank Pettyfer’s. Hudgens might have gotten some mediocre reviews, but none of them are as strong as what reviewers had to say about, dare i say it, Efron’s performance in an equally disappointing, reception and BO-wise, film.

    Hudgens still has yet to prove she can bring in numbers and produce a BO hit…time is ticking, I wonder how long Hollywood will wait…and this film will definitely not be a particular honor to put on her resume.

  • TRUE VANESSA FAN FOREVER

    I thought the movie was so cute and the actors were great. Vanessa was AMAZING she was so real, likeable, and funny. Mary kate was Awesome I miss her. Neil was histerical! Alex was good too.

  • Aly

    @maria:

    And if the movie never comes out or comes out in half a year? What do you do then? Heck i even get Sucker Punch released here before Beastly… Sorry, don`t want to be mean, but there are some of us who don`t even have beastly in cinemas and aren`t going to have it…

    So good, Beastly is #3 at Box Office, it beat the CSC fiasco, lol, sorry, not a big fan of that movie, hehe, good for V ^^

  • Deb

    @Aly:
    “it beat the CSC fiasco”
    That depends on how you look at it. I believe that someone said that Beastly may hit $10 mil. CSC made $12.3 mil its opening weekend. Also, 17 Again landed in first place and made $23 mil its opening weekend. Not that I really want to get into a pissing contest over this, but you did go there.

    For those of you talking about the reviews, most are pretty favorable for Nessa. It’s Alex that is really getting bad reviews.