Vanessa Hudgens Talks About “Gimme Shelter” Transformation

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"Gimme Shelter" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Vanessa Hudgens went for a full transformation for her movie, Gimme Shelter, chopping off her hair and gaining a few pounds for the role. In the movie, Hudgens plays Apple a homeless pregnant teen who finds help in a suburban shelter. “It was fun, it was really fun. Just because its so rare that you get to do that. I put on 15 pounds, ate whatever I wanted. I’m not complaining. I cut off all my hair, which really set the tone. It was such a liberating thing and kinda reminded me—if I can do that, I can do this,” Hudgens told E! News.

She added, “And then, I just kinda tried to make myself as ugly as possible, whether that was the way that I walked or my mannerisms or the tone of my voice. I wanted her to be strong and tough but broken because that’s what she is. You just see her transform into someone who actually finds love and really feels it for the first time and there’s nothing more powerful than finding love.”

Hudgens is almost unrecognizable in the role…I remember when she cut off her hair but the few extra lbs not so much. She went really deep for the role a far departure from High School Musical. “My best friend tells me all the time how she was so concerned about me, because, she, for the first time, looked into my eyes and she didn’t see me. She saw someone who was really broken down and had very low self-esteem. So it took a lot of work. It was good because it made me that much stronger and I have to give myself a pat on the back for going that deep.”

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