Vanessa Hudgens Talks Controversial Past in Paper's Spring 2013 Issue

Posted Tuesday February 19, 2013 3:37 PM GMT

She’s had quite the remarkable career, especially considering her youthful age, and Vanessa Hudgens lets loose for her Paper magazine cover story.

The “High School Musical” hottie looked darling in her photo spread, though she didn’t mince words when chatting about that nasty nude pic scandal a few years back.

Hudgens recalled, “That was just a really sh*tty situation that sucked,” recalls Hudgens. “That was by far the worst moment of my career.”

As for transitioning from Disney queen to edgy actress via “Spring Breakers,” Vanessa noted, “It’s always been hard for actors to cross that bridge but honestly, you have to hold out and do what you think is right for yourself. [Director] Harmony [Korine] took a really big jump in hiring me and [co-stars] Selena [Gomez] and [ABC Family actress] Ashley [Benson].”

One of her most memorable experiences from the project was when she and Benson “made James [Franco] our b*tch. You sit there. You’re smoking your fake blunts. You just do it.”

Vanessa also stars in “Gimme Shelter” as a homeless girl, something she hoped to do early on. “Ever since I was young, I wanted to play really heavy and intense roles and really push myself in a dramatic direction. So I was like, ‘A prostitute! I can play a prostitute! This is going to be exciting.’”

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