Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer, who rose to fame portraying Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical film series (2006–2008). The success of the first film led Hudgens to acquire a recording contract with Hollywood Records, with whom she released two studio albums. Since then, she has focused on her acting career, thus appearing in Bandslam (2009), Spring Breakers (2012), The Princess Switch (2018) and many other films. In 2022, Hudgens co-hosted the Met Gala in Manhattan.