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    15 Surprising And Chaotic Vanessa Hudgens Performances You May Have Forgotten About

    Remember when she was in a zombie movie with Cousin Greg?

    Dearly beloved, we gather here to discuss an actor with perhaps the most versatile, chaotic, and still-unfolding career in Hollywood.

    Your favorite water-stocked-mini-fridge lover, Coachella queen, and problematic pandemic thought leader: Vanessa Hudgens.

    The High School Musical star has not one, but TWO separate films heading to Netflix this weekend, and they are the perfect pairing to illustrate how bonkers this woman's career is.

    First up we have The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star, the third in a trilogy of Netflix Christmas movies based on a Mark Twain novel, where V. Hudge plays three identical royal individuals.

    But while she may be triple-headlining what is basically a Hallmark Christmas movie, she also has a prominent role in the directorial debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda, the prestigious, star-studded, Oscar-destined Tick, Tick... Boom!

    And yet, these two polar-opposite films are just the tip of the iceberg when delving into V's topsy-turvy career. She's done so many strange projects, she basically deserves an Oscar.

    So here are 15 gloriously chaotic, fantastically entertaining, and sometimes downright strange performances from the queen of breaking free.

    1. Bandslam (2009)

    Charlie Saxton, Tim Jo, Ryan Donowho, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaelan Connell, and Alyson Michalka pose for a band picture

    2. Beastly (2010)

    Vanessa Hudgens reaches to hold Alex Pettyfer's hand

    3. Dog Days (2018)

    Jon Bass talks to Vanessa Hudgens as she holds a dog

    4. Freaks of Nature (2015)

    Vanessa Hudgens and Nicholas Braun shout

    5. Gimme Shelter (2013)

    Vanessa Hudgens with messy hair holds a basket of belongings

    6. Grease: Live (2016)

    Vanessa Hudgens and Sam Clark get ready to dance at the gym

    7. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

    Josh Hutcherson, Luis Guzman, Vanessa Hudgens, and Dwayne Johnson look up in the sky

    8. Machete Kills (2013)

    Vanessa Hudgens looks into the sunset

    9. Powerless (2017)

    Danny Pudi and Vanessa Hudgens clap

    10. Rent: Live (2019)

    Brandon Victor Dixon, Valentina, Jordan Fisher, Mario, Kiersey Clemons, Vanessa Hudgens, Brennin Hunt, and Tinahse pose on scaffolding

    11. "Say OK" Music Video (2007)

    View this video on YouTube / Via Hollywood Records

    And now let us take a minute to remember Hudgens' brief career as a recording artist. Despite the fact that her whole career has been dominated by musical performances, she really only released music of her own in the immediate aftermath of High School Musical. Her debut album, V, included this kind of happy, but kind of sad bop. You can tell that Disney was milking the HSM energy for all it's worth, as Zac Efron stars in this music video along with her and the pair bowl, pour salt on fries, and text on slide phones. VERY 2006. The perfect time capsule that makes you wonder why she hasn't released more music. 

    12. "Sneakernight" Music Video (2008)

    View this video on YouTube / Via Hollywood Records

    In 2008, Hudgens' second album, Identified, came out, and the one and only single is "Sneakernight," which somehow is both baffling and makes all the sense in the world. The entire song is about about dancing in sneakers (because "basically what we're gonna do is dance"), and the product placement for Ekko's glowing shoes is PROMINENT. IDK what came first, the song or the Ekko deal, but the real winner here is 2008 fashion. The fedora. The sparkly tank top. The hoodies. Yes, even the Ekko glowing footwear. The stuff of legends. I can't wait until 2030, when all these trends will be back in style. I, personally, am very excited for the return of the plaid short, but perhaps that's just me. 

    13. Spring Breakers (2012)

    James Franco points guns at Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens leaning against a car

    14. Sucker Punch (2011)

    Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Emily Browning, Scott Glenn, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung march down a trench

    15. The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2006–07)

    Monique Coleman and Vanessa Hudgens wear saloon girl outfits