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Hudgens packs a Punch after High School Musical

hollywood Updated: Mar 27, 2011 00:47 IST

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Actor Vanessa Hudgens is eager to put her High School Musical sweetheart image behind her. The 22-year-old, who plays the street-smart Blondie in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, says she won’t be the little show tune girl people knew, after the epic action fantasy.

High School Musical was very much a part of my childhood and, as soon as it was finished, I thought, ‘Okay. It’s time to grow up and figure some things out.’ It was so much fun. It gave me the chance to do things like this, which is just awesome. It’s kind of a thing of the past now though,” she says.

Vanessa HudgensKicking goons in a new grungy avatar was not easy for the raven-haired beauty. "It was a bit of a challenge at the beginning, because I felt like a lot of people could only see me as the girl who randomly broke into song and dance. But I sort of loved this movie. I hope that people give me a chance and, once they see me in this, I won’t be the little show tune girl," she says.

She, however, does get to break into a dance sequence in Sucker Punch too. “Once I found out that we’re going to do a little bit of that in this movie, I was just so excited. It’s more of a themed dance in this. And it’s just so much fun, you know? It’s very theatrical. You just get to play,” she adds.

Not many know that Hudgens trained for three months in martial arts, gun training, swordfighting and boosting her physical strength before she started filming.

“The great thing about all the training was that it gave us a new self-confidence, taking us to places we had never been to before, both physically and mentally, she says.

“This project was unlike anything I’ve ever done and working on it felt so empowering,” adds Hudgens.

More on Hudgens…
Name: Vanessa Anne Hudgens
Age: 22
Place of Birth: California, US
Years active: 2002-present
Known for: High School Musical series, Thirteen, Bandslam
Upcoming movies: Beastly, Journey 2
Controversies: Leakage of self-taken nude photographs on the web