Vanessa Hudgens, who rose to prominence as the lead in Disney’s popular “High School Musical,” has always been proud of her Filipino heritage. She has also repeatedly stated that her Filipino mother is her professional and personal inspiration.
On June 6, 2022, Vanessa Hudgens hosted the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The annual film and television awards show, which began in 1992, honors works in film and television.
For its 30th edition, Vanessa Hudgens hosted the first half of the scripted movies and TV series ceremony, while Tayshia Adams hosted the second half of the reality TV awards ceremony.
Vanessa Hudgens at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards on June 5, 2022 | Source: Getty Images
As host, Hudgens served a variety of looks announcing the award category and winner. The actress arrived on the awards red carpet in a jaw-dropping blue dress, and when it was time to take the stage, she worked her magic.
Hudgens brought joy with her wardrobe choices to the faces of fans who watched the show. She took things up a notch when she appeared in a total of seven outfits and complimented each look with a different hairstyle.
She showed off a fiery red bob with bands, an Ariana Grande-inspired ponytail, braids coming out of her cowboy hat, a double bun, a slicked-down bun in the middle, and flowing wavy hair.
Vanessa Hudgens on the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards Red Carpet on June 5, 2022 | Source: Getty Images
WHAT IS VANESSA HUDGENS’ ETHNICITY?
On December 14, 1988, the actress was born Vanessa Anne Hudgens in Salinas, California. When she was very young, her family moved to San Diego, California. Stella Hudgens, her younger sister, is also an actress.
His mother, Gina Hudgens (née Guangco), is an office worker from the Philippines, while his father, Greg Hudgens, was a firefighter from Missouri and Illinois.
Vanessa Hudgens and her mother, Gina Hudgens on December 14, 2013 | Source: Getty Images
It’s unclear how many ethnicities the actress claims as she shares many heritages. Her mother is Filipino, Chinese and Spanish, and her father is Irish and Native American. However, she is still proud of her mother’s Filipino heritage.
The homeschooled actress was interested in acting and singing from an early age, as inspired by her grandparents, musicians during the Big Band era. Hudgens started performing at the age of eight and took piano, dance and singing lessons.
After making her film debut in 2003 when she starred in “Thirteen”, she shot to fame between 2006 and 2008 when she portrayed Gabriella Montez in the “High School Musical” film series, which earned her a significant media success.
The success of the first film led Hudgens to land a recording contract with Hollywood Records, with whom she released two studio albums, “V” in 2006 and “Identified” in 2008.
WHO DOES VANESSA HUDGENS DATE WITH?
In 2021, E! confirmed that Hudgens is dating Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player Cole Tucker exclusively as they ring in the New Year together. On Valentine’s Day, they made their relationship Instagram official.
Hudgens posted a photo of them kissing, and she wrote, “It’s you, it’s me, it’s us.” while marking it and adding other symbols of love. In April 2022, the Hudgens and Tucker stayed strong as they celebrated Earth Day.