Vanessa Hudgens is revealing the naked truth.
In an interview with Paper magazine, the Spring Breakers star opened up about her 2007 nude photo scandal, dubbing the experience “by far the worst moment of my career.”
The actress was only 18 years old when her personal photos were leaked onto the Internet, causing a media ruckus for Hudgens, who at the time was at the peak of her High School Musical career.
“That was just a really sh***y situation that sucked,” she said about the controversy, in which she was required to issue an apology in order to stay on board for High School Musical 3.
Now, at age 24, the former Disney starlet has moved on and keeping focus on her acting projects. The actress spoke out on wanting to take edgier, more mature roles.
“Ever since I was young, I wanted to play really heavy and intense roles and really push myself in a dramatic direction,” she admitted.
Hudgens has certainly stayed true to her goal. For the upcoming thriller Frozen Ground, she will portray a drug-addicted prostitute. “I was like, ‘A prostitute! I can play a prostitute! This is going to be exciting,’” she said.
In her latest flick Spring Breakers, Hudgens co-stars alongside Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and James Franco in the raunchy, gritty indie helmed by Kids director Harmony Korine.
The film has already garnered controversy, mainly because its young stars are placed in above-and-beyond adult scenarios – a far cry from Hudgens’ (and Gomez’s) days on the Disney Channel.
“It’s always been hard for actors to cross that bridge,” she said about transitioning from the tween scene. “But honestly, you have to hold out and do what you think is right for yourself.”
While Hudgens had doubts about taking on her bikini-clad role, it was her father who helped make the final decision.
“He loved ‘Kids’ so he was really excited for the project. He didn’t read the script, but when he saw that Harmony’s name was attached to it he said, ‘That” going to be a really interesting project,’” she said.
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