Vanessa Hudgens almost auditioned for American Idol after being ‘inspired’ by Kelly Clarkson

Vanessa Hudgens almost auditioned for American Idol after being 'inspired' by Kelly Clarkson 2
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Vanessa Hudgens almost auditioned for American Idol before landing a role in musical movie High School Musical.

The 33-year-old actress achieved massive success and fame thanks to her role as Gabriella Montez in the Disney film franchise which kicked off in 2006.

But before got her big break she considered trying her luck on the singing show after being inspired by Kelly Clarkson winning the very first season back in 2002.

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Looking back: Vanessa Hudgens almost auditioned for American Idol before landing a role in musical movie High School Musical.

Looking back: Vanessa Hudgens almost auditioned for American Idol before landing a role in musical movie High School Musical.

Speaking to Kelly, 39, on her talk show, Vanessa revealed: ‘I grew up doing theatre, and this has always been a passion of mine, and you were on American Idol, and you won, and I was like, “That’s it, I’m going on American Idol.”

‘I was like, “I’m doing it” and you were the catalyst,’ she added.

But the timing was not meant to be as Vanessa had just secured what was to be the defining role of her career.

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She added: ‘That next week I got an audition for High School Musical and booked it, so then I was like, “Well, never mind.”‘

It is not clear when Vanessa became inspired by Kelly as Kelly starred on American Idol in 2002 and High School Musical did not debut until 2006 leaving a four year gap. 

She wanted to e like Kelly: Speaking to Kelly, 39, on her talk show , Vanessa revealed: 'I grew up doing theatre, and this has always been a passion of mine, and you were on American Idol, and you won, and I was like, "That's it, I'm going on American Idol"'

She wanted to e like Kelly: Speaking to Kelly, 39, on her talk show , Vanessa revealed: ‘I grew up doing theatre, and this has always been a passion of mine, and you were on American Idol, and you won, and I was like, “That’s it, I’m going on American Idol”‘

She stood out: Clarkson seen on American Idol in Los Angeles in 2002

She stood out: Clarkson seen on American Idol in Los Angeles in 2002

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During her appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Talk Show, Vanessa also reflected on her first meetings with her High School Musical co-stars Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel and the fact that 16 years have passed since the first film was released.

She said: ‘I remember all the auditions definitely because there was a lot of them.

‘I remember meeting Zac for the first time, meeting Lucas for the first time, me and Ashley had already met, we did a commercial together a month prior, yeah, but its wild, the time just keeps flying.’

Also this week, the siren shared new images with her boyfriend Cole Tucker.

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Her big break: She added: 'That next week I got an audition for High School Musical and booked it, so then I was like, 'Well, never mind.'' Seen with Zac Efron in High School Musical 3 in 2008

Her big break: She added: ‘That next week I got an audition for High School Musical and booked it, so then I was like, ‘Well, never mind.” Seen with Zac Efron in High School Musical 3 in 2008

In December she said Hudgens she is ‘not focusing on marriage’ although she is ‘committed’ to her boyfriend.

The 33-year-old actress marked her one-year anniversary with the baseball star in December 2021, and sources have now said the couple have ‘gotten serious’ with their romance over the past 12 months.

An insider said: ‘They are very in love. They have gotten to the point of their relationship where they have gotten serious and are committed to each other.

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But the Princess Switch star is also said to be ‘committed to her career’ and isn’t ready to start thinking about marriage just yet.

The source added: ‘However, Vanessa is also committed to her career and not in that headspace right now where she’s focusing on marriage.’

Look at her now! She has a booming movie career and has come out with Vanessa X Fabletics swimwear

Look at her now! She has a booming movie career and has come out with Vanessa X Fabletics swimwear

The perfect bikini model: The star is seen here in an ad for the brand as she lounges by a pool

The perfect bikini model: The star is seen here in an ad for the brand as she lounges by a pool

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Instead, Vanessa and Cole, 25, are working on the ‘next step’ of their relationship – moving in together.

And as they weigh up their options for the future, the couple continue to be ‘super understanding’ of each other’s careers and schedules.

The source told Us Weekly magazine: ‘They are super understanding of each other’s careers and give each other space to be free and thrive.

They both have accepted the fact that their lives, including their relationship, are in the spotlight despite both of them being private.

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In love: Also this week, the siren shared new images with her boyfriend Cole Tucker

In love: Also this week, the siren shared new images with her boyfriend Cole Tucker

Will they wed? In December she said Hudgens she is 'not focusing on marriage' although she is 'committed' to her boyfriend. The 33-year-old actress marked her one-year anniversary with the baseball star in December 2021, and sources have now said the couple have 'gotten serious' with their romance over the past 12 months

Will they wed? In December she said Hudgens she is ‘not focusing on marriage’ although she is ‘committed’ to her boyfriend. The 33-year-old actress marked her one-year anniversary with the baseball star in December 2021, and sources have now said the couple have ‘gotten serious’ with their romance over the past 12 months

‘They really make an effort to see each other as much as they can but also miss each other when they are apart — it makes their reunions that much more special and meaningful.’

Vanessa met Cole through a Zoom meditation group over lockdown, and the High School Musical alum admitted earlier this year that she was the one who made the first move.

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She said: ‘If I want something or someone, I’m going after them. I fully just slid into his DMs and was like, “Hey, it was nice to meet you.” So, I think there is no shame in making the first move. Why wait for someone else to give you what you want?’

Two cute: An insider said: 'They are very in love. They have gotten to the point of their relationship where they have gotten serious and are committed to each other. But the Princess Switch star is also said to be 'committed to her career' and isn't ready to start thinking about marriage just yet

Two cute: An insider said: ‘They are very in love. They have gotten to the point of their relationship where they have gotten serious and are committed to each other. But the Princess Switch star is also said to be ‘committed to her career’ and isn’t ready to start thinking about marriage just yet

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