What can you tell me about the actress who played Tintin in the 2004 movie Thunderbirds? What else has she done?
—Tayden Knicely, Madison Heights, Va.
That would be Vanessa Hudgens, 23, who came to fame as Gabriella Montez in High School Musical and its sequels. The Salinas, Calif.-born singer-actress has moved on to more grown-up roles in movies Sucker Punch, Beastly, a modern-day take on Beauty & the Beast, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Josh Hutcherson.
Her upcoming film projects include the drama Gimme Shelter, the thriller The Frozen Ground, with Nicolas Cage, and the crime drama Spring Breakers.
Hudgens began her career in musical theater at age 8, with roles in such productions as Evita, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King & I, The Music Man, Cinderella and Damn Yankees.
On stage, her most recent appearance was a production of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by Neil Patrick Harris.
Other acting work includes Thirteen, her feature film debut, and a recurring guest role on Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
Other TV appearances include Quintuplets, The Brothers Garcia, Still Standing and Robbery Homicide Division.