Top Stories

Vanessa Hudgens Spills on the 'Roller Coaster' of Her 20s & Losing Her Dad

Vanessa Hudgens Spills on the 'Roller Coaster' of Her 20s & Losing Her Dad

Vanessa Hudgens is opening up about what it was like navigating life in her 20s.

The 30-year-old The Princess Switch actress shared her thoughts in a new interview with Haute Living.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Vanessa Hudgens

“At 25, I felt like I had life figured out,” she said. “Like, ‘I’ve got this, I’m great at life; I understand how to do it.’ And then, at 27, I woke up on my birthday and felt like I had no idea who I was, what I stood for, what I was doing with my life. I felt kind of lost. I realized, ‘I am not a child anymore. I am not a teen. I am fully an adult, and there are so many responsibilities that come with that.’ I felt extremely overwhelmed.”

“My 20s were such a roller coaster,” she continued. “I had so many high moments, but I lost my dad. My [boyfriend of seven years, actor Austin Butler] also lost his mom. We dealt with a lot of death.”

Vanessa sadly lost her father to cancer in 2016, a day before one of her biggest career moments – performing in Fox’s Grease Live.

“I felt like [the death of my father] really pushed me to expand and grow as a person, whether I liked it or not,” she shared. “I [now] feel like those moments are really great to have because they force you to reassess your life, what you believe in, what you stand for, who you want to be.”

“The last year of my 20s was very informative as to the woman I am becoming,” she added. “I feel very empowered and very scared because I know there are big things ahead of me. [On the flip side], I feel like I’m grounded, I’ve gotten rid of my baggage, so to speak, and have made way for myself to go into my 30s just a bit more streamlined, leading with love and light.”

Just Jared on Facebook
Credit: Nicholas Hunt; Photos: Getty
Posted to: Vanessa Hudgens

JJ Links Around The Web

Getty
  • Get to know Miranda Lambert's new husband! - TMZ
  • Lili Reinhart opens up about her struggles with anxiety and depression - Just Jared Jr
  • This Ex on the Beach star reveals he quit drinking - TooFab
  • Bohemian Rhapsody wins big at 2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards - The Hollywood Reporter
  • Little Mix just dropped their hot new music video - Just Jared Jr