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Vanessa Hudgens: I Went Through a Goth Phase When I Didn't Want Guys to Look at Me

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Vanessa Hudgens has cropped her locks, upgraded her style and made the cover of a fashion magazine — we’d say she’s having a very chic summer. And now that “back-to-school” is around the corner,
tapped the actress, 25, famous for her breakout role in High School Musical, to get her thoughts on everything from sex ed to breaking out of her “loner” shell. Read on and share your thoughts in the comments.

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Courtesy Flaunt Magazine

Though she’ll hit the red carpet in any number of head-turning ensembles, Hudgens tells the magazine that there was a point where she deliberately chose unattractive clothes because she was afraid of attracting attention. She says her biggest challenge growing up was “finding and being your true self. It takes so much energy to find — it’s easier to hide behind a mask. I mean, I went through a period where I shopped at Hot Topic. I didn’t want guys to look at me. But it made things easier.”

These days she combats that awkwardness by getting out into the open. “Yoga takes my life. Going on trips, feeling nature,” she says. “I’m a California girl. I need the grass, need the trees. It’s a high to know you’re treating yourself.” (Of course, that doesn’t mean she won’t indulge in chocolate and wine occasionally.)

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Courtesy Flaunt Magazine

And though Hudgens says her time in high school was a little challenging (due to the fact that she was always out of school filming), she’s relied on close friends to keep her grounded. “I’ve always been the kind of girl that just has a best friend, and is happy,” she says. “I’m not the kind of person who needs a ton of people in my life. That’s how I was even when I was young.”

And good news: She’s working with her current BFF (could that be Ashley Tisdale? She doesn’t say) to put out new music very soon. “I’ll be collaborating with my best friend, so, you know, that’s an adventure,” Hudgens says, adding that it’ll sound like “probably something that you’re definitely not expecting … empowering. Fun. Majestic.” Sounds like her fall may be equally as exciting.

Read the full interview here, then tell us: Can you relate to her hiding-in-high-school memories?

Vanessa Hudgens Mood Video from Flaunt on Vimeo.

–Alex Apatoff