Vanessa Hudgens was born on 14th December, 1988 in Salinas, California, United States. She is an American actress and singer. She lived with her parents along the West Coast from Oregon to Southern California. Her mother, Gina (née Guangco), held a succession of office jobs, and her father, Gregory Hudgens, was a firefighter. Hudgens rose to prominence playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. Hudgens has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel.