“Break free,” Baby V. Vanessa Hudgens has proven to be a multitalented actress and singer. From good girl Gabriella in High School Musical to bad girl Rizzo in Grease: Live, she can make any performance absolutely perfect and flawless. So how much is she worth?
Vanessa Hudgens’ Net Worth as of 2018: $10 Million
Here’s how Vanessa made her millions.
Vanessa was bitten by the acting bug at an early age. She began performing in plays such as The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, and The Music Man at age 8. Two years later, Vanessa won a role in a commercial and moved to Los Angeles with the rest of her family to pursue her acting career.
Vanessa’s first TV appearance was on the CBS sitcom Still Standing in 2002. A year later, she made her movie debut in the drama Thirteen starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood. The movie made over $10 million at the box office and has an 81% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Vanessa’s next movie role was in the movie Thunderbirds in 2004.
Vanessa’s most notable role to date was as Gabriella Montez in the Disney Channel movie High School Musical. The movie premiered on January 20, 2006 and had over 7.7 million viewers. Vanessa was paid $2 million for the performance. Her duet with eventual boyfriend Zac Efron, “Breaking Free,” became Vanessa’s only Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 to date, peaking at number 4 on the chart.
In September 2006, Vanessa released her debut album, V, which included singles “Come Back To Me” and “Say OK.” The album sold 34,000 copies within its first week and debuted at number 24 on Billboard 200 chart. It eventually sold 570,000 copies in the U.S. Vanessa earned an income of $582,000 from record sales. In February 2007, V was certified gold by the RIAA.
Vanessa soon reprised her role as Gabriella in High School Musical 2. The movie premiered August 17, 2007 and was seen by over 17.2 million viewers in the U.S. HSM 2 quickly became the highest rated Disney Channel Movie of all time.
In July 2008, Vanessa released her second album, Identified. The album sold 22,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number 23 on Billboard 200. For the record sales of Identified, she earned $25,000.
Vanessa returned to the role of Gabriella one final time in High School Musical 3: Senior Year. The movie was released in theaters on October 24, 2008 and made over $42 million in its first weekend, breaking the record for the biggest opening by a movie musical. HSM 3 eventually made over $252 million at the box office.
After the HSM series ended, Vanessa decided to focus more on her acting career. Her next role was in the movie Bandslam, released in August 2009. Despite the film being financially unsuccessful, Vanessa was praised for her role as Sa5m.
In 2010, Vanessa ended her longtime relationship with HSM co-star Zac Efron. She began dating actor Austin Butler in 2011.
Vanessa’s various other starring roles in movies include Beastly, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and Gimme Shelter. For her performance in Gimme Shelter, she was paid over $284,000.
Her next big role was as Candy in the movie Spring Breakers costarring James Franco, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson. The movie was released March 22, 2013 and made over $31 million in the box office. Vanessa was paid over $138,00o for her performance in Spring Breakers.
In 2014, Vanessa was reportedly paid $15,000 by McDonalds to attend that year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Tickets for the event normally range between $375-$799.
Vanessa soon returned to the world of theater with her performance in the title role of the musical Gigi. The show opened on Broadway on April 8, 2015 but closed two months later. A cast recording of Gigi was released in June 2015.
On January 31, 2016, Vanessa portrayed the role of Rizzo in FOX’s live musical production of Grease, co-starring Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough. However, one day before the live musical aired, her father died of cancer. Vanessa dedicated her performance to him.
Vanessa also earned around $260,000 for endorsing brands such as Neutrogena, Candies, and Ray-Ban.
She also has a home in Los Angeles, California worth $2.75 million and owns four cars, including a Mercedes-Benz E350 worth $48,000 and a black Audi S4 Cabriolet worth $52,000.
Vanessa’s salary is around $1.1 million a year.
Perhaps Baby V can add to that bank account as the year continues.
Since her role as Betty Rizzo in Grease: Live, Vanessa hasn’t starred in much. However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been making plans. Vanessa plays the lead role of Emily Locke in the American action comedy Powerless. The pilot was green lit in 2015 and was approved for a series on May 11, 2016. It then premiered on February 2, 2017. Since then, reviews have been generally mixed. Vanessa’s performance has been praised and called “charming” by Sonia Saraiya. Although the first couple episodes had low reviews the show continues to improve and, according to Jesse Scheden of IGN, “leave[s] hope that the show will eventually realize its full potential.”
Vanessa Hudgens was seen at the InStyle Golden Globes after party in Los Angeles with her boyfriend Austin Butler.