In the brave new world of smartphone culture, it can seem like there’s a celebrity nude-photo scandal every other day. Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry … the list goes on. We’ve ogled their naughty bits and moved on. It’s easy to forget that for the celebrities themselves, these can be pretty miserable experiences. (Unless you’re a cynic who thinks they orchestrated the scandal themselves, of course.) Vanessa Hudgens, the formerly squeaky-clean Disney actress, opens up to Paper magazine this month about her own nude photo scandal.
Hudgens became a household name in 2006, at least in households with pre-teens, when she starred in the mega-hit TV movie series High School Musical. She had been cast when she was 15, and the series made her a star. Tweens at up the movies, and Hudgen’s very public relationship with her costar, Zac Efron.
But in 2007, nude photos of her ended up online. “That was just a really shitty situation that sucked,” Hudgens told the Paper reporter. “That was by far the worst moment of my career.”
The scandal also help catapult her out of the happy-happy Disney roles that had been her bread and butter. She’s scheduled to appear in three movies this year, including edgy director Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. She plays a college student who robs a restaurant with her friends to pay for a spring break adventure. Next, she’s plays a drug-addict and prostitute. ”Ever since I was young, I wanted to play really heavy and intense roles and really push myself in a dramatic direction,” she says. “So I was like, ‘A prostitute! I can play a prostitute! This is going to be exciting.’”
Maybe that scandal wasn’t so bad for her career after all. (How many lines of work can you say that about?)