Vanessa Hudgens channels Joan Jett in Paper Mag: does she pull it off?

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens covers the March issue of Paper magazine (you can see the cover here), and the clear message here is “F–k Disney,” which is a rather risky proposition for someone who’s box-office prowess has strongly diminished since leaving the House of Mouse. Like I said yesterday, Vanessa’s been itching for a breakthrough hit (for adult audiences) since High School Mustical ended in 2008. Since then, she’s had three flops (Bandslam, Baastly, and Sucker Punch) and one hit (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) that really only succeeded because of Dwayne Johnson’s triceps and some cute baby elephants. So I really think that if Spring Breakers doesn’t make a significant financial splash, then maybe Vanessa should take a hint and stick to Neutrogena endorsements and staged bikini photo ops.

At any rate, Vanessa worked some sort of rebellious vibe for this photoshoot. Look at these two particular shots. I realize that the stylists were probably going for “punk rocker,” but I’m also getting, “I want to be the big, bad Joan Jett.” If that’s the vibe Vanessa was going for here, I’m sad to say that Kristen Stewart did it slightly better.

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

Her homeschooling included Disneyland trips: “I don’t know if it was very conducive to a good learning style, but it was fun. In 10,000 hours, they say you can master anything. 10,000 hours in Disneyland and you’re the queen of Disney.”

On her leaked nude photos: “That was just a really sh-tty situation that sucked. That was by far the worst moment of my career.”

On moving on from Disney: “It’s always been hard for actors to cross that bridge but honestly, you have to hold out and do what you think is right for yourself. But I also think it is about finding someone who truly believes in you. Harmony took a really big jump in hiring me and Selena [Gomez] and Ashley [Benson].”

She wanted to work with “avant garde” James Franco: “I saw that James was already attached and I am his biggest fan. I thought, ‘I need to be in this movie.’) I still don’t know him,” Hudgens says in wonderment. “I have no idea who James Franco is. He’s that into method acting. He comes on set as his character. In between scenes, he is still his character. When I first saw him, I was speechless because he just completely transformed himself. The way he talked, with that accent… Everything he does is so organic.”

On playing a drug-addicted prostitute in Frozen: “Ever since I was young, I wanted to play really heavy and intense roles and really push myself in a dramatic direction. So I was like, ‘A prostitute! I can play a prostitute! This is going to be exciting.'”

She’s protective: “There are a lot of paparazzi outside, just so you know. So don’t get freaked out and scared. Pulling a basketball cap far down on her face, Hudgens whispers, “I’m always afraid that when I’m wearing a hat, I’m just going to run into a pole or something.”

She still loves Disney: “There’s nothing more fun than being drunk at Disneyland,” she giggles.

[From Paper Magazine]

There’s nothing more fun than being drunk at Disneyland,” really? What a rebel. While I’m sure that Vanessa is a pretty sweet girl in real life, and she’s certainly harmless, I think that her excitement to play a prostitute speaks to the erroneous path taken by so many young starlets in in a vain effort to be taken seriously. If one truly feels the need to play a prostitute or stripper in order to be taken seriously as an adult, then perhaps some acting classes are in order instead. Just saying.

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

Photos courtesy of Paper Mag

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  1. Hannah says:

    I love that Minnie Mouse hairdo! And those eyebrows look good on her, too.

  2. gee says:

    Sooo 90s. I don’t hate this.

  3. Ranunculus says:


    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      Vanessa or Joan? Please let it be Vanessa. Joan is too awesome to be unknown by anyone.

      Vanessa did it well. Not great, but well. Kristen looked like angsty Kristen in a bad wig.

  4. kitkerenina says:

    I love all these looks, and she seems to have a good head on her shoulders. (That looks really cool with ratted hair!)

    The prostitute thing I give her a pass on, because in her case I’m certain maturity will come.

  5. mel says:

    God, I said it here yesterday but what these young actresses do is useless.

    Go take an acting class, do theatre, do off-broadway and Hollywood will listen.

    • Maya says:

      Yeah, I find it strange that so many young American actors seem to come to Hollywood with no prior training, no drama school education, and no background in theater. Not that those things are always necessary, but they certainly help. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see someone like Jessica Chastain, who went to Julliard and actually took time to learn the craft of acting.

      • andrea says:

        Well, Jessica is a newcomer in terms of fame only. Despite the age she initially put out there, she’s actually well into her 30s and she’s been working outside of the spotlight for a long time. Her grace and maturity are the result of years of hard work and training.

        But I think the Disney-type girls are pretty much doomed from the beginning, Hollywood took them too young and now they’re stuck in the system. Many of them have made enough money to take a few years off, go to drama school, etc., but they choose to go the “see, I can play an adult now because I’m sexy” route. Maybe they’re just not confident enough about their acting ability to actually explore it.

    • RocketMerry says:

      Also, young starlets should learn to never ever say stuff like this: “I am [James Franco’s] biggest fan. Everything he does is so organic”, unless they are referring to his ability to grow vegetables. Now, that would be avant-garde.

    • Reece says:

      That’s because it’s not about the craft or skill of acting. It’s about being famous. I know a couple of nobody actors and if you ask when they’re drunk enough, they’ll flat out say “I want to be famous”.(It’s about the art of film making when they are sober) At which point I say well why not do a reality show. But reality shows are beneath “real actors”.
      Also they’ll take “classes” at these half-a**ed schools or teachers who do nothing but hit on the cute young girls or at best teach them nothing more than how to hit their mark for the camera every time. All entirely in the pursuit of meeting people in the hopes that somebody will hire you.

  6. Tessa says:

    I think she’s stunning, but these pics are stupid.

  7. gg says:

    Not Joan at all. Patti Smyth of Scandal.

    • *unf* Joan Jett says:

      I don’t see Joan either. Joan is much more androgynous, bad ass and rock’n’roll while this is just some weird girlyness.

  8. wendywoo says:

    I’m getting a definite Cats vibe.

  9. tia says:

    Uhhh no! Joan Jett is friggin hot as ****!!

  10. Fifi says:

    She looks more like Elvira than Joan Jett.

  11. ds says:

    I like the shoes. That’s all.

  12. bopit says:

    try-hard. Miley Cyrus 2.0
    Why do all of these girls insist the only way to break free from Disney is to turn into some rebellious 90s punk wannabe? I don’t get it? Is that the status quo for giving Disney the finger these days?

  13. Bugsrunny says:

    I think she looks more like Japanese anime than Joan Jett.

  14. lady mary. says:

    that third pic reminds me of that girl from that horror movie “orphan”

  15. nofkksgiven says:

    don’t like the makeup

  16. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I don’t hate her but these pics are highly ‘shopped. She is not big by any means but she has a healthy figure-she looks half her “real-life” size here.

    • mel says:

      yep, it’s too obvious. also, i think her skin is a bit more tanned than the white pale they went for like they were trying to make her look less exotic

  17. Dani says:

    “Everything he does is so organic.” Just kill me now.

  18. INeedANap says:

    She’s trying so hard to be cool she cycles back around to adorably lame.

  19. RobN says:

    Stench of Desperation about this one.

  20. Miss Kiki says:

    ‘There are a lot of paparazzi outside, just so you know’ Lol it’s cute that she thinks she’s more relevant than she actually is.

  21. Alexis says:

    Those last couple pics just look like whiteface. Makeup malpractice!

  22. MyLeNe - Montreal says:

    i like the shoes

  23. Melanie says:

    I like it. She looks good.

  24. KellyinSeattle says:

    I thought at first that she was being cast as Joan Jett, but now I see she was desperately just trying to channel her for photos. Joan Jett rules forever, she doesn’t. I love the ’90s liquid eyeliner, though.

  25. Sean says:

    Vanessa isn’t worthy to carry Joan Jett’s strap on.

  26. Melissa says:


  27. Emily says:

    This was an awful photo shoot. I don’t get the punk rocker vibe from her. I agree that Kstew did it better. Getting drunk at Disney is NEVER a good idea. I’m sure when she goes she does the VIP tours, but still getting drunk there is tacky.

  28. misstrishm says:

    I’m a Joan Jett freak too. I think this young girl is pretty though.

  29. Sugar says:

    I believe Heidi Bivens did the styling for Spring Breakers-hope the movie does well for her- power to the little people!
    I like the first photo of VH even the 2nd is not bad- however the 3rd is off to me- the hair & makeup don’t line with the clothes.

  30. Lisa says:

    Looks more Siousie Sioux to me.