Bidyo’s Filipino American Hall of Fame: Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens is the first honoree in Bidyo’s new show, Filipino American Hall of Fame and the first episode premieres this Friday, September 16th!  Bidyo is a new YouTube channel created by FilAm Creative.  Bidyo’s mission is to produce and promote content from emerging Filipino American talent.  Subscribe to the Bidyo Channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-cvvEYApGwFOO337gUZuQ   

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Jack Hernandez and Tony Garbanzos in FILIPINO AMERICAN HALL OF FAME

Vanessa Hudgens is known as a triple threat.  She is an actor, a singer and a dancer — all successful in all three areas — thanks to her breakthrough role as Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical television series and movies.  But, her roles outside High School Musical are what truly made her shine.  Like most performers whose fan base watch Disney, Nickelodeon, Glee…and even High School Musical, actors are known to break out and challenge themselves as artists rather than be typecast in just one role.

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Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens in “High School Musical” (2006)

In 2013, my longtime colleague and friend, Marvin Cheng, who I have worked with on three previous films was the production supervisor for Vanessa’s first dramatic lead film to date, Gimme Shelter and he referred me to the production manager about an assistant director’s position.  The interview went well, but I didn’t get the job.  It would have been an interesting observation to witness an artist transform; creatively make choices to authentically play the distraught and troubled Agnes “Apple” Bailey character in a way her fan base have never seen before.  After the film’s release, she won the Pioneering Spirit Best Actress Award at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival for her role in Gimme Shelter.

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Vanessa Hudgens stars in “Gimme Shelter” (2013)

Vanessa confronted her next challenge earlier this year when she was set to perform live on national television in Grease Live! on the last day of January, Sunday night.  On Saturday night, her father passed away from stage IV cancer.  As the old adage goes, “the show must go on.”  Audiences saw Rizzo throughout the live telecast, but one couldn’t help see glimpses of Vanessa during her musical number, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.”  A source told US Weekly “it was incredibly hard for her, [link] but she’s a true entertainer so it was on with the show.”  She dedicated the live event to her father.

See Vanessa next in her upcoming new DC Comics superhero comedy series, Powerless premiering Thursday, February 2 at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.

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Vanessa Hudgens and Daniel Pudi star in “Powerless” (2017) on NBC

– Written by Edwin Santos, 9/15/16

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