The 30-year-old recently spoke about her experience of growing up beneath the spotlight and the challenges that came with trying to shug off her shiny Disney aesthetic.
"After High School Musical, there were a lot of projects coming in that were very similar, with the same sweet, girl-next-door characters which people knew I could do, and could have been easy things to do just to work," she told Wonderland.
"But we said no. We needed to move away from that, to find a part that allowed people to see me for something else. I'm really happy with the way we held out, and how we were to be able to make myself a little more diverse."
But the silver screen star is proud of her breakthrough role and the pop culture footprint she's left behind.
"It's special when you're able to leave something behind that can contribute to someone’s life with positive effect," Hudgens continued.
"High School Musical has done that, and continues to do that, for children all over the world. The fact that I can be a part of something that hopefully inspires kids to be fearless, follow their dreams and not be afraid of going after what they’re truly passionate about… That's an amazing thing to have as a legacy."
Hands up, who else is already desperate to rush home and switch on High School Musical for the 10th (OK, millionth) time?
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