Vanessa Hudgens Confesses To Snorting Vitamin B & Wanting To Play A Prostitute In Paper
Once upon a time, Vanessa Hudgens was the squeaky-clean star of Disney’s highly successful High School Musical franchise. But, now, the 24-year-old actress is ready to get a little dirty.
Hudgens goes goth to grace the cover of the March 2013 issue of Paper and dishes on snorting pills on the set of her upcoming film Spring Breakers, graduating from her tween past to adulthood, and the nude photo scandal that almost broke her spirit.
“In 10,000 hours, they say you can master anything,” joked Hudgens about starring in HSM opposite fellow teen star Zac Ephron. “10,000 hours in Disneyland and you’re the queen of Disney.”
But, her crown was stripped from the star when nude pictures of herself leaked online. “That was just a really s—– situation that sucked,” recalls Hudgens. “That was by far the worst moment of my career.”
These days, the star is happy to keep the drama onscreen and show that she is maturing as an actress in her new film Spring Breakers.
“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,” she said. “But I also think it is about finding someone who truly believes in you. [Director] Harmony [Korine] took a really big jump in hiring me and [co-stars] Selena [Gomez] and [ABC Family actress] Ashley [Benson].”
For the film, which is much darker than their previous roles, the actresses were required to smoke fake blunts onscreen and simulated taking cocaine by snorting crushed Vitamin B pills. “We would run around set like mad men, and people would wonder, ‘Did you switch that out with anything?’” says Hudgens who went even darker for her role as a prostitute in the upcoming thriller Frozen Ground opposite Nicolas Cage. “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.’”