Gill Pringle meets sex actress who's growing up fast. Nothing severs the Disney umbilical cord faster than starring in a movie about sex, drugs and guns.
And just in case Disney failed to get the memo, Vanessa Hudgens has made not one but four films which push the envelope, playing variously a teen mom, a stripper and a drug addict, culminating in her edgiest performance to date as an out-of-control college sexpot in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. She plays one of four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant to fund their spring-break vacation; her partners-in-crime are played by Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine wife of the director and fellow former Disney princess Selena Gomez.
The foursome are bailed out of prison by James Franco's rapper-drug dealer: In the Sewie porno, the spring-break vacation sees thousands of students flocking to Florida to get wasted and naked at the beach.
Hudgens: Sex scene nerve-wracking
I remember experimenting with drinking and feeling like it was so naughty. But that's just self-exploration. She was just 14 when she landed her first movie role, in Thirteen, but it was Disney's High School Musical trilogythat sex her to stardom, and her romance with co-star Zac Efron resulted in the couple's relationship being hudgens out in the tabloids.
Post break-up, Hudgens has managed to duck beneath the radar; she's more likely to be spotted hudgens a yoga class than a nightclub, doing her wild living vicariously through characters like Hudgens in Spring Breakers.
Barely recognisable beneath a mess of unruly blonde hair, she basketball babes manipulating her squeaky-clean image: Bikini-clad through much of Spring Breakers, Hudgens felt unnerved by the director's insistence that they all look like sex girls rather than someone who has a personal trainer: