Vanessa Hudgens Talks Cocaine Rumors and Wanting an Oscar in Marie Claire

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By Daniel Gates

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Vanessa Hudgens opens up in the October issue of Marie Claire about cocaine rumors, money, and wanting an Oscar. “A sense of knowing I’m part of something bigger than myself has allowed me to enjoy life more,” the actress tells the magazine. “And not worry about the little things. Like paparazzi.”

Of course, unwanted photographs have been a part of Hudgens’ story, including a nude picture scandal several years ago and a more recent Coachella visit when she was spotted indulging in a substance she claimed was white chocolate rather than cocaine. She says, “I couldn’t do anything but laugh. It’s amazing how people like to create something out of absolutely nothing. I am human like everyone else. I am aware that there are people who look up to me. When mistakes are made, they aren’t intentional, and I constantly push myself to be a better person.”

Hudgens has since become very protective. “It’s one thing to have a chat with someone, it’s another to have them know your deepest, darkest secrets,” she tells Marie Claire. “Just because people enjoy watching you in films doesn’t mean they have to know everything about your entire life.” Hudgens grew up far from the wealth and glamour of Hollywood with working-class parents and thrift shop clothing. She recalls, “Money was a big thing. My parents drove me up to L.A. [for auditions], which cost a lot because of gas, and took out loans so that we could move from location to location to be close to L.A. The family definitely struggled. They were very supportive of me. They gave up a lot so that I could get to where I am.”

Her friend Selena Gomez says Hudgens has not given into cynicism. “She’s not jaded at all,” explains Gomez. “The person you see and talk to is the same person I talk to.”

“I’m so comfortable with myself — honing in on what I love and what makes me powerful,” she says of the darker roles she’s been taking recently. “Things I’ve been doing lately, I’m super-proud of. So I don’t really care if someone doesn’t like it, because I love it.” Hudgens explains, “I love finding things that scare me and doing them. That’s how you grow.” What does she want in the future? “A vintage Mustang, kids, and an Oscar,” she says.

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