High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens is trying to expand her acting portfolio by taking on a gritty new film role that requires her to undergo a pretty severe make-over. In Gimme Shelter, Vanessa plays a pregnant teen who has been tossed into the streets and must fend for herself … so it’s basically Papa Don’t Preach: The Movie. Vanessa‘s Shelter character, as you can see below, makes her look much different than we are used to. Tattoos? Check. Body piercings? Check. Take a look below.
It’s Vanessa Hudgens as you’ve never seen her before! The 22-year-old actress shed her squeaky clean Disney image on the set of her new movie yesterday in Newark, NJ — where she was sporting cropped hair, an and lip eyebrow piercing, a few extra pounds and neck tattoos. Hudgens is currently filming a movie called “Gimme Shelter,” where she plays a young girl who gets kicked out of her father’s home after becoming pregnant and deciding to keep the baby. Of the movie, Vanessa recently said “I have been so stupidly busy working on Gimme Shelter. I’m so excited and proud of the work I’ve been doing and let me tell you, you all are going to be SHOCKED with how I look in this movie. It’s crazy sauce. Lol only one more week of shooting till I’m done!”
While I severely doubt that Gimme Shelter will be Oscar material, it’s no secret that folks in Hollywood take on these “ugly” roles to get critical acclaim or to prove seriousness to their craft. By showing the regular folk that pretty Hollywood celebs can be “ugly” too, actors tend to get the attention they seek. I think it’s hilar to see Vanessa lookin’ like this … now, let’s see if she has the acting chops to pull off the role.