Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer. After making her feature film debut in Thirteen, Hudgens rose to fame portraying Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical film series, which brought her significant mainstream media success. The success of the first film led Hudgens to acquire a recording contract with Hollywood Records, with whom she released two studio albums, V and Identified. Since the release of her studio albums and the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has focused on her acting career. She appeared in the films Bandslam, Beastly, Sucker Punch, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Spring Breakers, Second Act, Bad Boys for Life, and Tick, Tick...Boom!. She starred in the Netflix Christmas movies The Princess Switch and its sequels and The Knight Before Christmas, and co-produced the latter three. Hudgens played the role of Emily Locke in the NBC series Powerless.