Vanessa Hudgens on her Disney image: ‘They send you roles you’ve just done’

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens covers the February issue of Flare magazine. I almost ignored her completely, but then I realized she’s promoting her role as a pregnant teenage runaway in Gimme Shelter. While I agree with Kaiser that Vanessa will never win or be nominated for an Oscar, the trailer for this film shows some definite acting range from Vanessa. The movie looks lousy, but she’s working it. I can appreciate this sort of role for Vanessa over that shameless bikini romp and threesome with James Franco from Spring Breakers. If Disney starlets want to prove they’re grown up, they need to stop acting like disrobing will do the trick. Talent goes a lot further than simply waving the knockers in the air like they just don’t care. Here are some scant excerpts from the Flare interview:

On taking on more mature roles: “They send you roles that you’ve just done, but I don’t want to do the same thing twice. I want the parts I gotta go out of my way for.”

On her fans: “Now it’s adults, and not even those who have kids, who actually know me. It’s kinda cool because people my age are actually seeing my work and appreciating it.”

[From Flare]

She seems a bit — I don’t know — smug and deluded in a typical Hollywood starlet way. I doubt that anyone has ever decided to watch a movie because Vanessa is in it. She’s always been the cute girl who can dance and hold a tune but never the main attraction. Maybe Vanessa will get there one day if she manages to churn out more interesting turns like the one in Gimme Shelter.

Vanessa looks lovely in this shoot even if it is a little bit bland. Flare always plays it a bit too safe.


Vanessa Hudgens

Photos courtesy of Flare magazine

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  1. QQ says:

    Oh this is a Good For Her interesting photoshoot

  2. Spooks says:

    I’ve liked her ever since she acknowledged that paparazzi are a part of the job and that money does play a role in Hollywood. She seems like a realist and I appreciate that in a sea of special little snowflakes in showbizz. She’s very pretty and seems to have some range, at least in that trailer.

    • Lucy says:

      Same here. Not her nº1 fan, but I really liked what she said. And she’s been getting some pretty good reviews from her performance in it.

  3. Mimi says:

    I am actually rooting for her. Sometimes on these sites we are so critical of other women but I hope she does well. Blake Lively needs to take Vanessa’s path. Do small things until people want to see you in big things.

    • PoliteTia says:

      Sweet. Blake Livley is not happening. Quit trying to make her happen. She did marry well though. I really wanted to see ‘Savages’ but couldn’t because Blake Livley was in it. She is the new Shelly Long! Remeber her!?

  4. Erin says:

    …Never noticed before but she sure looks like Zac Efron. Really similar face structures, amirite??

  5. Al says:

    I don’t know, my kids are watching High School Musical as I type and they are watching it for her. Those movies came out (and were HUGE) 8 or 9 years ago so her fans are grown ups now. I don’t think she’s deluded in thinking that she has fans that go to movies to see her, not at all.

  6. Tessa says:

    She’s gorgeous, but she really cannot act. She’s horrible. Really bad.

  7. Liz says:

    Did anyone think Hillary Swank would get an Oscar when she was on 90210? Now she has two well deserved Oscars. Vanessa was wasn’t bad at all in Frozen Ground. Given the right role and good direction you never know.

  8. Nina says:

    i absolutely love vanessa. yeah she’s made mistakes and yeah she was never as squeaky clean as disney would’ve liked her to be but i dont care about any of that. she made spring breakers midly enjoyable and the movie “Beastly” (or something like that) was really cute. she seems to have a good head on her shoulders and a long-time boyfriend that supports her and probably understands what she does because he’s in the businness too and her friends and family are adorable. im really rooting for her.

  9. Meggin says:

    Is she kidding saying that adults are her fans?? lol…. She can’t act.

  10. Jennifer12 says:

    That’s completely on the mark- taking off your clothes doesn’t mean that you’re going to be seen as an edgy, cool adult. See Elizabeth Berkley for evidence.

    • Mairead says:

      I know where we can get flyers done up pretty cheap… Care to help me carpet-bomb Hollyweird with that sentence? 😀

  11. Diana says:

    She’s like..whatever, you know?

  12. henderswife says:

    I loved Spring Breakers! I love all of Harmony Korine’s films though. James Franco is what made that movie great but I think she did a pretty good job as well. I want to see her new movie and see how well her acting range really is. I think she has a good future ahead of her.

    • Decloo says:

      “Spring Breakers” was a wild ride. Pretty disturbing. She seemed very bland in that role with no actual range of acting. It was later that I realized she was probably directed to act dead inside since that was basically the theme of the movie.

  13. Soccer mom says:

    She doesn’t bother me too much. I am sure it’s hard to shake the Disney image and try to continue working as an adult.

  14. HH says:

    Disney gives the same roles because they have a particular audience with a small age range. It’s just the Disney brand. At this point, people need to remember that Disney is merely a starting point. You take the experience, the cash, and the fame. Work those into something more if you so choose.

  15. Bex says:

    I like her. I think part of her appeal is that she’s not the stereotypical blonde haired/blue eyed cookie cutter actress but she has some intangible thing that makes me check out what she’s doing.

  16. ParisPucker says:

    that trailer shows she can act. Am tired of people bad mouthing for the sake of bad mouthing. Is she an artistic genius? Hardly, but that trailer made me curious about the film…and that’s what they paid her for.

  17. Evyn says:

    I agree Disney is the root of all evil, but I never hear these soon-to-be has beens complaining about all the money they made or their overexposure in the press. It’s not until they are past the kiddie roles, and the studios aren’t making tailor-made movies to showcase their limited talents, that they want to crticize Disney for holding them back.

  18. Leslie says:

    That first pictures, the close up of her face is lovely. She’s a really pretty girl. I saw the trailer for “Gimme Shelter” and she seems really good in that role. Didn’t she win a Heartland award for this at the Heartland Film Festival? I like the fact that James Earl Jones is in the movie.

  19. Leila in wunderland says:

    I’ve always believed that the main reason why some starlets who were Disney tweens like to do the sexual and nearly naked thing in their early 20’s is because of the transgressive factor. If society as a whole accepted the fact that Disney teens have sex (and more) just like everybody else, and that Disney teens eventually grow up and want the freedom to take on the same kinds of roles that non-Disney, adult celebrities are free to take on in movies and music videos, there would be less of this, “I’m nearly nude, so sexual, so rebellious, and so grown up,” trend.
    That doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t ever do music videos, movies, or photoshoots that involved nudity and overt sexuality- these are things that humans naturally enjoy and they’re natural parts of life, so why shouldn’t these things also be in the media and the entertainment industry? But we probably wouldn’t see so many female Disney starlets so quick to jump on that bandwagon between the ages of 18 and 21, as a way of saying ” Look, I’m not an innocent little girl, and that’s not who I want to be,” and giving interviews that basically say that.

    As long as the message former teen Disney starlets receive from society is, “hey, you were/are a Disney teen, so you don’t get that freedom that older, non-Disney artists do. Cover up and pretend to be asexual and innocent in order to be a good role model and protect America’s Virgin Youth,” then the starlets will continue to seek the same type of remedy for all that when they’re around 20. I hope that all made sense.