Vanessa Hudgens Net Worth 2023, Age, Husband, Children, Height, Family, Parents, Movies, TV Shows

Vanessa Hudgens net worth

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Vanessa Hudgens is an American actress and singer. After making her feature film debut in Thirteen (2003), Hudgens rose to fame portraying Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical film series (2006–2008), which brought her significant mainstream success. The success of the first film led Hudgens to acquire a recording contract with Hollywood Records, with whom she released two studio albums, V (2006) and Identified (2008). Since the release of her studio albums and the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has focused on her acting career.

Hudgens appeared in the films Bandslam (2009), Beastly, Sucker Punch (both 2011), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Spring Breakers (both 2012), Second Act (2018), Bad Boys for Life (2020), and Tick, Tick…Boom! (2021). She starred in the Netflix Christmas movies The Princess Switch (2018) and its sequels (2020 and 2021) and The Knight Before Christmas (2019), and co-produced the latter three. Hudgens played the role of Emily Locke in the NBC series Powerless (2017).

She also played the title role in the Broadway musical Gigi (2015) and had roles in two of Fox’s live musical productions: Rizzo in Grease: Live (2016) and Maureen Johnson in Rent: Live (2019). Hudgens was raised Catholic but now identifies as a non-denominational Christian. She attends the Los Angeles affiliate church of Hillsong Church.

Early life

NameVanessa Hudgens
Net Worth
OccupationActress, Songwriter, Singer
Age33 years
Vanessa Hudgens net worth 2023

Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born on December 14, 1988 (age 33 years) in Salinas, California, United States. She grew up along the West Coast, from Oregon to Southern California. Her mother, Gina Guangco, held a succession of office jobs, and her father, Gregory Hudgens, was a firefighter. She has a younger sister, Stella, who is also an actress. She was raised as a Catholic. Her father, who died of cancer in February 2016, was of Irish, French and Native American descent, and her mother is Filipina, a native of Manila. All of her grandparents were musicians.


Vanessa Hudgens’s career started in 1998. She performed in musical theater as a singer and appeared in local productions of Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, and Cinderella, among others. Two years after her career in stage plays and musicals, she began auditioning for commercials and television shows, and her family moved to Los Angeles after she won a role in a television commercial. She began her acting career at age 15, and she briefly attended Orange County High School of the Arts, followed by homeschooling with tutors.

Hudgens had her first acting role in an episode of the sitcom Still Standing, airing on CBS in 2002, in which she portrayed Tiffany. Later that year, she guest-starred in an episode of the series Robbery Homicide Division, airing on CBS. Hudgens made her theatrical debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen, in the supporting role of Noel. The film, which revolved around teenager Tracy trying to fit in and getting caught up in the wrong crowd, was somewhat of a commercial success, grossing $10 million worldwide. Despite its minor commercial success, the film received positive critical reviews.

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USA Today called Thirteen the most “powerful of all recent wayward-youth sagas”. Hudgens subsequently landed a role in the 2004 science fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds, based on the 1960s television series. Hudgens portrayed the character of Tin-tin. The film was a commercial failure and was strongly criticized for “abandoning the original concepts”. In January 2006, Hudgens played Gabriella Montez, one of the lead roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical. The film saw Hudgens portraying the new girl at high school who falls for the captain of the basketball team. The two later reveal a passion for singing, and audition for the school play together.

Vanessa Hudgens starred alongside Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale, the former of which she was partnered up with during the auditioning process due to their “chemistry”. It was Disney Channel’s most-watched film that year with 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast in the US, until August’s premiere of The Cheetah Girls 2, which achieved 8.1 million viewers. For the film, Hudgens recorded numerous songs which had commercial success. The song “Breaking Free”, a duet with Zac Efron, became Hudgens’ highest peak on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 4, and number 9 in the UK.

Hudgens released her debut studio album, V, on September 26, 2006, following the success of the film. It sold 34,000 copies in its first week, and debuted at number 24 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In February 2007, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. As of August 2009, the album has sold 570,000 copies in the US. It was preceded by two singles, “Come Back to Me” and “Say OK”, both of which were moderately successful in several countries. Both singles received a promotion on Disney Channel, with the music videos for both premiering on the channel.

In 2007, Hudgens reprised her role as Gabriella in High School Musical 2, released on August 17. The premiere was watched by over 17.2 million viewers in the US, almost 10 million more than its predecessor, making it the most-watched Disney Channel Original Movie of all time. Disney Channel aired a weekly program called Road to High School Musical 2, beginning on June 8, and leading up to the premiere of High School Musical 2 in August. The show offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the movie.

The world premiere of the opening number “What Time Is It” was on Radio Disney May 25, 2007, and similarly “You Are the Music in Me” premiered on July 13, 2007. The film was generally well-received by critics. USA Today’s Robert Bianco awarded the film three stars out of four, stating that High School Musical 2 was “sweet, smart, bursting with talent and energy, and awash in innocence”. While critics enjoyed the film, they noted that the timing of its premiere seemed odd, premiering just when school was about to resume again whereas the film’s plot involved the gang going on summer vacation.

Her second studio album, Identified, was released on July 1, 2008. It sold 22,000 copies in its first week, 12,000 less than V. Despite the drop in sales, the album debuted at number 23 on the Billboard 200, one spot higher than V. The album was preceded by one single, “Sneakernight”, which peaked at number 88 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the commercial failure of the album, Hudgens parted ways with Hollywood Records. Hudgens again reprised her role in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the first film from the franchise to be released theatrically. It opened at number one at the North American box office in October 2008, earning $42 million in its first weekend, which broke the record previously held by Mamma Mia! for the biggest opening by a musical. The film finished with $252 million worldwide, which exceeded Disney’s expectations.

Following the completion of the High School Musical series, Hudgens confirmed that she was taking a break from her music career to focus more on acting. She played a supporting role in a musical comedy Bandslam, which was released theatrically on August 14, 2009. Hudgens plays “Sa5m”, a 15-year-old awkward freshman with untapped talents. Although Bandslam was commercially unsuccessful, Hudgens’ performance received praise from critics. David Waddington of the North Wales Pioneer noted that Hudgens “outshines the rest of the cast, failing to fit in with the outcast narrative and making the inevitable climactic ending all the more expected”, and Philip French of The Guardian compared her acting to Thandie Newton and Dorothy Parker.

Vanessa Hudgens made a return to theater productions and starred in the musical Rent as Mimi. The stage production ran from August 6–8, 2010, at the Hollywood Bowl. Her involvement in the production drew negative comments, but director Neil Patrick Harris defended his decision with casting Hudgens by saying, “Vanessa Hudgens is awesome. She’s a friend. I asked her to come in and sing to make sure she had the chops for it. And she was very committed and seemed great.”

Hudgens starred with Alex Pettyfer in the 2011 film Beastly, based on Alex Flinn’s 2007 novel. She played one of the main characters, Linda Taylor, and described her as “the ‘beauty’ of the story but not the stereotypical beauty everyone thinks of.” Hudgens and Pettyfer were recognized as ShoWest Stars of Tomorrow. Beastly was released on March 4, 2011, to mostly negative reviews. It was ranked No. 45 in The Times’ predicted “50 Biggest Movies of 2010”. The film was screened at ShoWest and drew enthusiastic reactions from the luncheon crowd of exhibition officials. The film went on to make $28 million worldwide as of 2012. Hudgens was also cast as one of the five female leads in the action film Sucker Punch, directed by Zack Snyder.

She played Blondie, an institutionalized girl in an asylum. The film was released in March 2011, and grossed $19 million in its first weekend at the North American box office, opening at number two. By the end of its run, Sucker Punch totaled $89 million worldwide. Though the film’s content was derided, it received some recognition for the visual effects of the fantasy sequences. Sucker Punch received a nomination at the 2011 Scream Awards for Best F/X, and its stunt work was nominated for a Taurus Award.

Hudgens joined the cast of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), the sequel to the 2008 film Journey to the Center of the Earth, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson, playing Hutcherson’s love interest. The film earned $325 million worldwide during its theatrical run, which outperformed its predecessor. It received generally mixed to negative reviews from critics. The consensus from Rotten Tomatoes is: “Aggressively unambitious, Journey 2 might thrill teen viewers, but most others will find it too intense for young audiences and too cartoonishly dull for adults”.

In 2013, Hudgens starred alongside Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and James Franco in the film Spring Breakers. The story followed four college-aged girls who decide to rob a fast-food restaurant in order to pay for their spring break. It was released theatrically in March 2013, receiving generally positive reviews. The film featured mature themes such as drug use, violence, and sexual escapades. To coincide with the film, Hudgens released the dubstep-influenced song “$$$ex”, with a music video featuring clips from the film. The song features guest vocals from YLA, and was produced by Rock Mafia.

Vanessa Hudgens later expressed her discomfort with a sex scene: “It was very nerve-racking for me. I told my agent that I never want to do it ever again.” The same year, she starred in the film Gimme Shelter with Brendan Fraser, written and directed by Ron Krauss. Later that year, Hudgens played Cindy Paulson in The Frozen Ground, a film based on the Robert Hansen case wherein she plays his only victim who escaped. She co-starred with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage. She also starred in the action film Machete Kills, based on the eponymous character of the same name from the Spy Kids franchise. The film was directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Hudgens starred in the Columbia Pictures’ comedy horror film Freaks of Nature in 2015. Hudgens took on the title role in a production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s Gigi, which opened at the Kennedy Center from January 16 to February 12, before transferring to Broadway on April 8. The production closed on June 21. On January 31, 2016, Hudgens starred in the role of Rizzo in Grease: Live, Fox’s live broadcast based on the original Broadway musical. Hudgens dedicated her performance to her father, who died from cancer one day before the special aired.

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In 2017, Vanessa Hudgens played Emily Locke on NBC’s comedy series Powerless, which was based on DC Comics characters. It was cancelled after one season. That same year, Hudgens was featured on Shawn Hook’s single “Reminding Me” and starred in the music video. She hosted the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with rapper Ludacris, which premiered on May 21. Hudgens also joined the panel of permanent judges for the 14th season of the American reality dance show So You Think You Can Dance. In 2018, Hudgens starred in the romantic comedy film Dog Days, alongside Finn Wolfhard and Nina Dobrev. She collaborated with electronic dance music duo Phantoms on the single “Lay With Me”, released in September 2018.

She starred in the Netflix film The Princess Switch in November 2018, in which she portrayed both a European duchess and a pastry chef from Chicago, who temporarily switch roles. In December 2018, she co-starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in the comedy film Second Act, directed by Peter Segal. Hudgens returned for the 15th season of So You Think You Can Dance, as part of the panel of permanent judges. The same year, she essayed the role of Vanessa Morales in a production by the Kennedy Center of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original musical In the Heights, the production opened at the same location. Hudgens also portrayed Joan of Arc in the 11th episode of the 5th season of the Comedy Central series Drunk History.

In January 2019, Hudgens starred in another Fox live musical presentation, Rent: Live, as Maureen Johnson. She returned for the 6th season of Drunk History for two episodic roles. She portrayed Marge Callaghan in the 3rd episode and Mata Hari in the 7th episode. Hudgens also co-starred with Mads Mikkelsen in the Netflix film adaption of Víctor Santos’s 2013 graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold. In November 2019, she starred in and served as a producer on the Netflix film The Knight Before Christmas. In 2020, Hudgens appeared in the third entry in the Bad Boys franchise, Bad Boys for Life, which grossed over $426 million worldwide. The same year, she also starred in and produced the Netflix film The Princess Switch’s sequel

In 2021, she voiced the lead character, Sunny Starscout, in the animated Netflix film My Little Pony: A New Generation. In November 2021, Hudgens appeared in a Netflix film adaption of the musical Tick, Tick… Boom!, as playwright Jonathan Larson’s friend Karessa Johnson, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and in the third installment of Netflix’s The Princess Switch film series, The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star directed by Mike Rohl. Hudgens reprised her 3 roles from the second installment, and also served as a producer.

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In 2022, Vanessa Hudgens starred alongside Alexandra Shipp, Kiersey Clemons, and Ezra Miller in the Paramount Pictures’ action thriller film, Asking for It. The film was released in theaters, digitally, and on Blu-ray on March 4. The same month, Hudgens also hosted the red carpet pre-show at the 94th Academy Awards, along with Terrence J, Brandon Maxwell, and Sofia Carson.

Other works

Vanessa Hudgens will be voicing the character of Willow in the Netflix 3D anime-style series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, which will serve as a prequel to the 2021 zombie heist film Army of the Dead. She is re-teaming with director and executive producer Zack Snyder for the series, after they previously worked together on Sucker Punch. The series is reported to release sometime in 2022. Hudgens will star in Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe’s film Downtown Owl, alongside Rabe, Ed Harris, Finn Wittrock, Jack Dylan Grazer, and August Blanco Rosenstein. It is an adaption of Chuck Klosterman’s 2008 novel of the same name, and is being produced by Sony Pictures’ production label Stage 6 Films. Principal photography began in Saint Paul, Minnesota in April 2022.

Hudgens teamed up with actor and host Oliver Trevena and launched the cactus water brand Caliwater in May 2021. In June 2021, Hudgens and musician and social media influencer Madison Beer launched the skincare brand Know Beauty. The brand employs DNA testing to determine ideal skin care products for customers. In December 2021, Hudgens was announced as the spokesperson and brand ambassador for sportswear brand Fabletics’ velour line. In April 2022, Hudgens launched a workout collection with lifestyle activewear and clothing brand Avia.

Controversies: Leaked photos

On September 6, 2007, photos allegedly stolen from Hudgens were leaked online, one showing her posing in lingerie and another showing her nude. A statement from her publicist claimed that the photo was taken privately and it was unfortunate that they were released on the Internet. Hudgens later apologized, saying that she was “embarrassed over the situation” and regretted having “taken those photos”. In January 2008, Hudgens released a statement indicating that she declined to comment further on the subject.

In October 2007, OK! magazine speculated that Hudgens would be dropped from High School Musical 3 as a result of the explicit images, but The Walt Disney Company denied this, stating, “Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.” In August 2009, another set of images showing Hudgens topless emerged on the Internet. Hudgens’ representatives did not comment, though her lawyers requested the removal of the pictures. In late 2009, Hudgens sued for posting nude “self-portrait photographs” of her taken on a mobile phone in a private home.

Hudgens later commented on the photos’ impact on her career in the October issue of Allure, stating, “Whenever anybody asks me, would I do nudity in a film, if I say that it’s something I’m not comfortable with, they’re like, ‘Bullshit, you’ve already done it.’ If anything, it makes it more embarrassing, because that was a private thing. It’s screwed up that someone screwed me over like that. At least some people are learning from my mistake.” According to Us Weekly, additional nude images were released on the Internet on March 15, 2011.

In May 2016, Vanessa Hudgens paid $1,000 in restitution for damage to U.S. Forest Service property by carving initials within a heart on a rock in the Coconino National Forest and displaying it on her personal Instagram feed. In March 2020, Hudgens posted an Instagram video where she stated that it is “inevitable” that people will die from the COVID-19 pandemic. The video caused controversy as critics accused her of minimizing the impact of the disease and the need for preventive measures. She subsequently apologized for her “insensitive” remarks.

Public stance

Vanessa Hudgens was represented by William Morris Agency but signed on to Creative Artists Agency in 2011. In 2006, Hudgens’ earnings were estimated to be $2 million. Hudgens was included in Forbes’s richest list in early 2007, and the Forbes article noted that she was included in Young Hollywood’s Top-Earning Stars. On December 12, 2008, Hudgens was ranked No. 20 in the list of Forbes “High Earners Under 30”, having reported having estimated earnings of $3 million in 2008.

Hudgens was number 62 at FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women 2008 and number 42 on the 2009 list. Hudgens is also featured in Maxim’s lists. She was included in People’s annual “100 Most Beautiful People” 2008 and 2009 lists. Hudgens promotes Neutrogena and was the 2008 featured celebrity for Sears’ back-to-school campaign. In 2007, she became a spokesperson for Marc Eckō products but ended the contract after two years. Hudgens regularly volunteers for charitable activities, including those for Best Buddies International, Lollipop Theater Network, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

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She is also featured in A Very Special Christmas Vol.7 disc which benefits the Special Olympics. Hudgens is also part of the “Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C): Change The Odds” along with other Hollywood stars including Zac Efron, Dakota Fanning, Kristen Bell, and others. Brian Schall sued Hudgens in 2007 for an alleged “breach of contract”; according to the suit, Schall claims he advanced costs and expenses on Hudgens’ behalf for her songwriting and recording career. Schall claims Hudgens owed him $150,000 after helping her earn more than $5 million for her music career. Hudgens argued that she was a 16-year-old minor when she signed the contract in October 2005, and therefore too young to do so.

Hudgens subsequently disaffirmed it on October 9, 2008. Papers filed in court by her lawyer say California’s Family Code “provides that the contract of a minor is voidable and may be disaffirmed before (age 18) or within a reasonable time afterward.” In 2008, Hudgens was sued by Johnny Vieira, who claims he was owed a share of Hudgens’ advances, royalties and merchandising revenue in exchange for his management services. Vieira accuses Hudgens of abandoning her talent team as soon as she became a commercial name. In early May 2009, the case was settled.


Vanessa Hudgens is currently not married. However, in 2021, Hudgens confirmed via Instagram that she was in a relationship with her husband to be Cole Tucker who is a Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop. Hudgens was in a relationship with her High School Musical co-star Zac Efron from 2005 to 2010 and with e-boy actor Austin Butler from 2011 to 2020. As of May 2022, she has no children.

Vanessa Hudgens net worth

How much is Vanessa Hudgens worth? Vanessa Hudgens net worth is estimated at around $20 million. Her main source of income is from her career as an actress, songwriter and singer. Hudgens successful career has earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. She is one of the richest and most influential actresses in the United States. However, Hudgens is a frequent attendee of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. She has been unofficially called the “Queen of Coachella”. She is known for her boho-chic fashion style, occasionally going barefoot at the festival as well.