Beautiful, talented and dating heartthrob Zac Efron, Vanessa was destined to be a sparkling Disney star. As well as the money-spinning movie, she had also recorded a solo album. But suddenly Vanessa's world came crashing down with a very un-Disney-friendly scandal when nude pictures of her surfaced on the internet. Parents of her young fans voiced dismay over a photo of a smiling Vanessa standing naked directly in front of the camera. And the snaps nearly cost her the role of school mathlete Gabriella Montez, whose screen love affair was so virtuous she didn't even kiss Zac Efron's Troy until the end of the second film, a climactic moment marked by fireworks going off. I am thankful for the support of my family and friends.
'High School Musical' star appears nude in Web photo | Reuters
The Walt Disney Co. Vanessa Hudgens apologized Friday for the photos, which show her smiling as she posed naked and in underwear in a bedroom with a red curtain behind her. Hudgens, who played the brainy Gabriella in the first two made-for-cable TV movies, told her fans she was sorry. The bookworm Gabriella was the love interest of Troy, the basketball star played by pinup king Zac Efron. Hudgen is a superstar among the preteen set, and Disney has spun a wide merchandising net around the series with albums and concert tours.
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The photograph, which shows the year-old posing nude in a bedroom, is provoking some younger fans to reconsider their loyalty to the actress, and has parents wondering how to explain to their kids that their favorite television personality isn't as innocent as they'd once thought. Robin Daniels, whose year-old daughter, Jessica, has all the "High School Musical" clothes, notebooks and CDs, said that she decided to tell her daughter about the controversial photograph before she heard about it from her friends. Hudgens' character in the movies, Gabriella Montez, is known for being a math and science genius, according to the show's Web site, and she is also the love interest of teen heartthrob Zac Efron.