Despite its minor commercial success, the film received positive critical reviews. Hudgens portrayed the character of Tin-tin. The film was a commercial failure and was strongly criticized for "abandoning the original concepts". The film saw Hudgens portraying the new girl at high school who falls for the captain of the basketball team.
The two later reveal a passion for singing, and audition for the school play together. Hudgens starred alongside Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale in the film,  the former of which she was partnered up with during the auditioning process due to their "chemistry". High School Musical was Disney Channel 's most watched film that year with 7. The song " Breaking Free ", a duet with Zac Efron, went on to become Hudgens' only Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot to date, when it peaked at number 4 on the chart.
The song also reached number 9 in the UK, her highest chart entry in the country. Following the success of the film, Hudgens began work on her debut album. The project, later revealed to be titled V, was released on September 26, The album sold 34, copies in its first week of release, and debuted at number 24 on the Billboard chart in the United States. Both singles received heavy promotion on Disney Channel, with the music videos for both premiering on the channel. Hudgens in concert in January In , work on the second film in the High School Musical series began, and Hudgens was confirmed to be returning for the sequel.
High School Musical 2 was released on August 17, The premiere was seen by a total of over The show offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the movie. In , Hudgens began work on her second studio album, partly due to the success of the High School Musical franchise. Her second studio album, Identified , was released on July 1, It sold 22, copies in its first week of release, 12, less than that of her previous effort. Hudgens went on to reprise her role as Gabriella in the sequel High School Musical 3: Senior Year , the first film from the franchise to be released theatrically.
Focus on films Hudgens at the MyHabit launch at Skylight West Studios in May Following the completion of the High School Musical series, Hudgens confirmed that she was taking a break from her music career to focus more on acting.
I asked her to come in and sing to make sure she had the chops for it. And she was very committed and seemed great. Hudgens described her as, " It was ranked No. Hudgens was also cast as one of the five female leads in the action film Sucker Punch , directed by Zack Snyder. She co-stars with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage. Live , Fox's live broadcast based on the original Broadway musical. That same year, Hudgens was featured on Shawn Hook 's single " Reminding Me " and also starred in the music video.
The couple became a frequent target for the media, and in turn the BBC predicted that Hudgens would be a "household name" in the US. Forest Service property by carving initials within a heart on a rock in the Coconino National Forest and displaying it on her personal Instagram feed. She attends the Los Angeles affiliate church of Hillsong Church. A statement from her publicist claims that the photo was taken privately and it was unfortunate that they were released on the Internet.
Hudgens later apologised, saying that she was "embarrassed over the situation" and regretted having "taken [those] photos". We hope she's learned a valuable lesson. Hudgens' representatives did not comment, though her lawyers requested the removal of the pictures from the Internet. It's screwed up that someone screwed me over like that. At least some people are learning from my mistake.
Hudgens argued that she was a year-old minor when she signed the contract in October , and therefore too young to do so. She subsequently disaffirmed it on October 9, Vieira accuses Hudgens of abandoning her talent team as soon as she became a commercial name.