Vanessa Hudgens interview excepts from Philippine Daily Inquirer: What are you looking forward to when you finally get to visit the Philippines? I had an offer to actually go to the Philippines and do a show there, which unfortunately didn’t materialize. Hopefully, I will be able to do that sometime in the near future. My mom still hasn’t been back and it would just be nice to take her along, explore, hang out and see the world she grew up in. I can’t wait to go.
Which singer or songs when you were very young do you still remember? If it weren’t for Celine Dion, I wouldn’t be singing. I actually stole my parents’ CD of Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love” when I was about 7. I took out the flip book and sang every single song, every single day. I remember singing “The Power of Love” and there was that one high note that I strove to reach every day.
Growing up, I loved Christina Aguilera. She has the most amazing voice. It’s incredible what she can do, what comes out of her little body. And Michael Jackson has always been an inspiration. I was lucky enough to meet him. I grew up singing a lot of karaoke tunes (laughter). My parents bought me a karaoke machine and I got a whole bunch of the old classics. I used to sing Patsy Cline (laughter) and songs from musicals as well. I always loved musicals and I’ve been in so many as well.
You just bought a big house. How exciting is that for you? It’d be a lot more exciting if not everyone knew (laughter). I’m really happy, don’t get me wrong. I’m really excited to set my own personal routines, have my own food in my kitchen and have my own space. But now everyone knows where I live.
Not every 19-year-old gets to buy his own house. How disciplined are you with your life? I am growing up. It’s really important for a young woman to attain her independence. Owning a home is a good investment. I want to be able to take care of myself. Growing up, especially in Hollywood, can be tough because everyone’s looking at you. I want to know myself by being by myself.
How good are you at managing your money? I have a business manager who helps me in that aspect but I make sure I am smart with my money because who knows what will happen. I think I’m a smart spender.
You have a very supportive mom in the film. How supportive are your own parents? My mom and dad didn’t really want me to be in the business because there’s a lot of competitiveness and rejection. But they’re extremely supportive. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am. They’ve always let me do what I wanted to — acting, singing and dancing. They have been there with me every step of the way.
You mentioned that you were home-schooled. Who was your teacher? My mom. Yeah, she was there, teaching me at home. It wasn’t that exciting (laughter).
Filipina moms like to have their children in their fold for as long as they can. How is your mom taking the fact that you’re on your own now? My mom just came over and stocked my fridge with food so I’m fine in that department. My parents live only a few miles away. I am going to miss them but they’re extremely supportive. They know this is something that I want. My dad makes sure my home is secure. I know it’s hard for them but they’ve taken it quite well.