Vanessa Hudgens Wants “kids And An Oscar” In The Future, Talks Being A Role Model In Marie Claire

Vanessa Hudgens Wants an Oscar

Vanessa Hudgens Wants an Oscar| Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens

She’s gone from Disney darling to serious actress, challenging herself to take on more heavy-hitting roles while staying grounded and confident. “I am so comfortable with myself,” Hudgens, 24, tells October’s Marie Claire (on sale Sept. 17). “Honing in on what I love and what makes me powerful,” she says. “Things I’ve been doing lately, I’m super proud of. So I don’t really care if someone doesn’t like it, because I love it.” Vanessa Hudgens Tesh / Marie Claire Selena Gomez , Hudgens’s close friend and Spring Breakers costar, attests to Hudgens’s positive, down-to-earth attitude. “She’s not jaded at all,” says Gomez. “The person you see and talk to is the same person I talk to.” Adding that Hudgens was “very protective,” during an encounter with paparazzi, Gomez says, “I was distracted, and she took me aside and talked to me about who I am and what I represent. I felt safer after that.” RELATED: Vanessa Hudgens Struggled to Find Herself After Filming as Homeless Teen Hudgens attributes her ability to deal with daily difficulties, like the paparazzi, to her sense of perspective. “A sense of knowing I’m part of something bigger than myself has allowed me to enjoy life more. And not worry about the little things.

The 24-year-old brunette beauty stuns on the October cover of Marie Claire magazine, in which she opens about her future hopes and dreams, her earlystruggles in the Hollywood biz and living her life in the public eye. “Money was a big thing. My parents drove me up to L.A., which cost a lot because of gas, and took out loans so that we could move from location to location to be close to L.A.,” the erstwhile Disney star says of the initial obstacles in her career before she made it big as a High School Musical star. “The family definitely struggled. They were very supportive of me. They gave up a lot so that I could get to where I am.” VIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens talks “mad respect” for pole dancers, visiting strip clubs for research The actress is undoubtedly grateful for her success, which has also provided the young beauty with a strong sense of self as well as the confidence to continue advancing her career in her post-Disney days “I am so comfortable with myselfhoning in on what I love and what makes me powerful,” she explains. “Things I’ve been doing lately, I’m super-proud of. So I don’t really care if someone doesn’t like it, because I love it.” While the Spring Breakers star has clearly made an effort tochallenge herself with more difficult roles, Hudgens is fully aware that she’s still a role model for many, opening about her infamous Coachella incident where she was accused of drug use after a particularly damning photograph. PHOTO: Vanessa Hudgens shows off new ombre hair color Marie Claire “I couldn’t do anything but laugh. It’s amazing how people like to create something out of absolutely nothing,” she says. “I am human like everyone else. I am aware that there are people who look up to me. When mistakes are made, they aren’t intentional, and I constantly push myself to be a better person.” Fair enough. And the former High School Musical star also opens up about finding happiness in the cutthroat Hollywood world. “You have a choice whether you want to be happy or not.