Vanessa Hudgens is all grown up, there’s no question about it. After starring in the sexed-up Harmony Corine drama Spring Breakers earlier this year, the 24-year-old actress is now doing press rounds for her upcoming film with Nicolas Cage, The Frozen Ground. Though it’s not a big step up from Spring Breakers, the movie does see Hudgens take on the role of a prostitute – something that the star says she’s wanted to do ever since she was twelve, apparently.
"I always wanted to play a really heavy role. I remember being like 12 I think and being like 'I want to play a prostitute and do drugs' Vanessa said at a Q&A in London last night, according to List. That’s an unusual ambition for any 12-year-old, but Vanessa has apparently made it work. So far, the actress has expertly avoided the pitfalls of the celebrity downward spiral (for the most part) and is one of Hollywood’s most famous young hopefuls.
As for her Disney career, those days are firmly behind her now. But that doesn’t mean Vanessa can’t enjoy the occasional Disney fairytale once in a while. On her Highschool Musical experience, Vanessa had this to say: "I love Disney. I still watch Disney movies to this day. I still had such an amazing experience and I got to bring musicals to kids all over the world and it's awesome, a really cool thing. It's a legacy, I'm really proud of it."
And now. Notice a difference?