Vanessa Hudgens: Hollywood is a 'Dog-Eat-Dog World'

Vanessa Hudgens: Hollywood is a 'Dog-Eat-Dog World'

Vanessa Hudgens is profiled in a new Actor’s Craft article from the L.A. Times.

The 22-year-old actress opens up about her love for the art, standing up for yourself and getting past her past. Check it:

On picking her future roles: “After High School Musical, I was not looking for another musical. I was just kind of looking for a different character or an interesting director to work with. Things have fallen into place in a beautiful way. I can’t say it was planned out step by step. It’s just the way the world works. At the end of the day, my mom helps me. Of course, I have my agents and my manager who put in their two cents. But if I don’t like something, I’m not gonna do it.”

On her relationship with Zac Efron: “It was interesting, but we got to a point where it was just like, we just can’t pay attention, because one week we’d be married and then the next week we’d be broken up and the next week I would have a baby. It was just the most obscene things.”

On reliving her 2007 picture scandal again and again: “It’s just silly because I’m a very present person, and that’s the thing that has been so in the past. The fact that somebody keeps bringing up the past is just selfish. I mean, it sucks. I already released a statement the first time it happened. It’s just unfortunate that it keeps reminding people about the past and not the present.”

On keeping her head up: “You really have to stay strong, because times get tough. Especially in this business. It’s a dog-eat-dog world. There’s so many amazing actresses who got taken advantage of. Someone like Natalie Wood, one of my idols — who knows what happened to her? She was on a boat that was mysteriously in the water, and now she’s dead. A lot of women get walked all over on by not standing up for themselves, and that’s just not what I’m about. I’m figuring myself out now as a young adult more than I ever have. It’s like my eyes are opening and I’m awakening to controlling my future.”

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  • 1

    I love how she handles everything

  • Katty

    I want to know what her next project is!

    And when she will finally tweet! She’s had a twitter for two weeks now, and nothing? I get she was busy in Europe but come oooon!

    And no offense JJJr, but this is old.

  • Chanon

    She’s so strong about everything! I love her so much, she’ll forever be my idol. <3

  • zac/vanessa/ashnessa

    She’s such a confident and grounded young woman, and not mention she’s incredibly gifted. She has her head held high and I do believe she’ll go far. She has the potential and I JUST LOVE HER !! ♥♥

  • jello

    That’s a really good picture of her.

  • Diamond

    She is amazingg , and inspires me so much !! She always stay strong , and have such a positive attitude ! I am proud to call her my inspiration , n one of my rolemodels <3 I kno she will go far in her career cuz she’s soo dedicated n love what she does =) Gotta love her for staying true to who she is <3 Love u V !

  • amber

    love her <3

  • http://none juddy

    I miss the beautiful eyes that I can sail through forever. I miss the smile that send me to heaven .(finally something new about v) <3

  • mykamicks

    This is one interview that I really appreciates her. Most honest & epitome of a strong woman while growing up. Her head doesnt evolve on fame but on how to works onto be a brillant star in the business.

    Smart enough of overcoming those scandals she’d been through. I like her answer about her past relationship. That what you call ” maturirty”.

    True love will stand through thick & thin. But Opportunities knocks only once in while.

  • http://none juddy

    You must be a good runner because you are always running in my mind. you must be a good thief because you have stolen my heart
    and I am always a bad shooter because
    I Miss You Always.<3

  • Angie

    Wow she looks really stunning in that photo. And you know the way she answers and the stuff she said it sounds exactly like me I’ve been noticing the disadvantages of the actresses and about the pics I say that all the time yet I’m not famous my voice isn’t big enough to be heard I’m glad Vanessa is speaking out what needs to be heard. She really is a role model for women just because failure happened but she still gets back up I’ve heard a sang, “you need failure to succeed.” Handling failure makes you a success not always succeeding nothing do wrong many people find that to be success will not entirely true. Just because someone had flaws before doesn’t automically mean awful person and just because some do no wrong, perfect all the time doesn’t always mean they are—-just have great luck.

    V you really have changed into mature lovely woman it’s beautiful.

  • http://none juddy

    When i miss a special person, i don’t have to go too far,
    i just have to look inside my heart,because that’s always where my
    special peoples are( we love you vanessa)

  • http://none juddy

    What L O V E stands for?
    L = Lake of Sorrow
    O = Ocean of Tears
    V = Valley of Death
    E = End of life
    (vanessa you are my everything baby )

  • http://none juddy

    Every piece of my body asks for u…so come to me and let my heart ever to be free…baby u r in my heart. I want u…I need u…I can’t live without u…u r my sole. ever I lived I’ll love..u

  • http://none juddy

    If I were an angel I’d live to look after you, as I am only Human, I live to love you V <3

  • http://none juddy

    If I die and go somewhere far, i’ll write your name on every star. So angels can look up and see, how much you mean to me.
    (haters gonna hate)

  • http://none juddy

    My love for you would never die, For only you keep my dream alive. I’ll dream of you today and tomorrow, Full of love and never sorrow.

  • amber

    i hope she doesn’t use twitter

  • Zanessa/VanessaFreak

    I love her….so much… so so so much…. There’s nothing that she can’t say or do that will make me not love her….she’s amazing and I Love her soo much she’s one of the few people in Hollywood that has their head on their shoulders and you know that her future will be bright :) always too :)

  • laquida

    I just lovvvvvvvvve that vanessa is sooo strong inspite of the evil person and rough thing that keeps coming up at her from the addition,she is such a grounded,positive,beautiful person inside and out,keeps her head high,smart,and level-headed person,and confident,and she is not letting it keep her down,and she defends hersel when being takin advantage of,and honest.On the other hand,she is right this is a dog-eat-dog world and it is definately a cruel one.Vengeance is mine says the lord and he repay the person who keeps doing this.Finally,I love vanessa soooo much and I know she will go far in her career and she will come she will have longevity,and we thank God and Jesus for vanessa.Love you vanessa!!!!!!:)

  • amber
  • negro xoxo

    oh my god she is stunning in this photo…and she knows how to explain everything and make everything clear. she is so smart and talented.. i love her..<3 VANESSA

  • maria

    One of the things I love best about her, is her honesty and that she is just such a genuine person. What you see, is what you get with Vanessa. She never pretends to be someone she is not. She will never get sucked into the seediness of Hollywood- she is a beautiful spirit, and is strong and brave. I challenge anyone to get through some of the things she’s had to endure, from the pure hatred of Zac Efron fans for years, to the photo leaks, not once, but 3 times. The fact that she remains such a positive person is truly an inspiration.

  • laquida

    Your fans will always support you forever and stick with you through thick and thin vanessa!! love the pic its beautiful!!!

  • Alyssa

    Vanessa is a beautiful person and so strong. I look forward to seeing great things from her.

  • http://none juddy

    Gentle as the morning, sweet as a rose, my love for you darling, just grows and grows. We will always support you baby v.

  • ______

    I love this woman I expect great things from her.

  • Haters Suck!

    I really don’t care what anyone says I truly admire and have so much respect for this girl. No she’s not perfect nor does she pretend to be she made a mistake and was the victim of a crime but has kept her head held high and kept moving forward. She’s taken all kinds of crap from zac’s fans and the media for being his GF and if anyone says other wise they are lying out of their teeth it’s not all his fans but it’s a fair amount. She is just a positive and a happy person and does not let anything bring her down she lives her Life in the moment and I admire that. I truly believe she is a good person and I will fight with anyone that says other wise. She just has a positive out look on life and I most certanly respect that as well. God Bless and good luck Vanessa no matter what I’ll always be your fan.

  • amber

    she is a really good role model

  • roxana

    i couldnt be more proud of my idol :) she is beautiful not only on the outside but even more on the inside,,,such a big inspiration!

  • amber

    that’s what i admire about her, she is so strong

  • amber
  • amber

    hahah cute

  • georginaaaaaa

    whats her twitter?

  • http://none juddy

    thanks =)

  • Katty


    VanessaHudgens. haha, pretty norm

  • Karina

    Good for her for standing up for what she wants to do.

  • kami

    ♥ vanessa is the real deal. nothing phony about this girl. and so beautiful. ♥

  • amber
  • amber
  • BOJI

    Yep, she has a beauty that shines from within. Love her candidness. She may not be the best of actresses or the most beautiful but she has shown herself to be head above others when it comes to overcoming the numerous obstacles set against her personal life and career, and her commitment to friends and family. Just love her for herself. She does not pretend to be other than that.

  • http://FANPOPGIRL fullstop

    She is one of the most strongest woman i have ever seen at this age she is able to handle responsibilities so well that i’m excited to see what’s she is going to do in future.I just adore this girl.SHE IS SMART ,TALENTED,BEAUTIFUL and such a wonderful person i love Baby V

  • http://FANPOPGIRL fullstop


  • Erica S.

    @1: Ditto! I love how se handles everything. She’s so mature and she’s such a strong person. <3

  • Vanessa 143

    Vanessa ,you are inspiration to everyone you are strong and independent woman,that stand to her self w/out pretended to be another person.we are fan who adore you ,who love you the way you are you are the right role model to us,nessa you show everybody how strong and fighting spirit you have,exactly what you said DOG EAT DOG bcus if you are in Hollywood you should fight teeth to teeth we love you from the bottom of our hearth.

  • DM

    Kudos to you Vanessa. I’m glad that your a woman who doesn’t want to be walked all over by anyone, especially in Hollywood. Hollywood could sometime be harshed to young stars like Vanessa. You’re a role model to teens and young adult on how you kept your head held high in the business your in.

    I’m glad that your trying to figure yourself now that your still in your early teens and making sure you’re not having anyone control you life or tell you what to do. More power for you Vanessa.

  • http://fanpopgirl fullstop

    i love vanessa hudgens

  • kerri

    She looks really pretty in the picture and she sounds so confident. It is nice to hear her be in control with her future. JUST REMEMBER NESSA WE ALL LOVE YOU AND HAVE YOUR BACK.

  • vancrazed

    I am enamored by her strength. She’s such a great example of woman who thinks her mind and believes in herself. I love that about her and hope teens admire that instead of admiring the mentality of being a people pleaser.

    If for no other reason, this is why I want her to survive in this business. We need strong women like this who aren’t your stereotypical blond bombshells in hollywood. Someone different to change the pace.

  • lei

    i pray for her everyday…cause i love her and i want her to be happy.
    God bless V.

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