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Vanessa Hudgens Has Asian Roots

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Vanessa Hudgens is a singer and actress who rose to stardom after playing Gabriella Montez in Disney’s High School Musical. While she often plays characters of Hispanic descent, Hudgens’ actual ethnic origins hail from Asian-Pacific Islands.

Hudgens is American, with many different cultural backgrounds combined. Her father is of Irish and Native American descent, and her mother is a native of the Philippines with Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish roots. Hudgens has gone on the record in the past and said that she was raised as a Filipino-American and has had some traditional Filipino values instilled in her from her upbringing.