Vanessa Hudgens leaves behind her High School Musical image and turns in a stunning and transformative performance in writer/director Ronald Krauss’ drama, Gimme Shelter, based on the courageous, true-life story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Hudgens). A pregnant, homeless teenager forced to flee her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson) and estranged from her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser), Apple finds herself on a desperate and isolated journey of survival until she finds a true family at a homeless shelter. Opening January 24th, the inspiring film also stars James Earl Jones, Stephanie Szostak, Emily Meade and Ann Dowd.
At the film’s recent press day, Hudgens spoke about going outside of her comfort zone and tackling more diverse dramatic roles in Spring Breakers, Frozen Ground and now Gimme Shelter, why playing a strong female character appealed to her, how Charlize Theron’s performance in Monster inspired her, her preparation for the role, the emotional depths she explored to play Apple, how it contributed to her personal growth, why she believes the story is so relevant today, why she’s drawn to movies based on real life stories, and her role in the upcoming horror-comedy monster mash-up, The Kitchen Sink. Hit the jump to read the interview.