Vanessa Hudgens graces the cover of Parade magazine this week looking adorable under a parasol in her polka dot bikini. But that’s just about as much as she feels comfortable taking off!
Ever since Vanessa’s nude photos scandal last year, she’s had her guard up. She tells the mag, “That’s why I’m extremely guarded. I really do try to watch everything I say. Because one little tiny slip, and it’s like the world is coming to an end. It is hard. I do always have a wall up. But I feel by doing it, I keep myself safe.”
Being in the public eye may seem normal to her, but Vanessa has come a long way since childhood. She tells Parade, “When I was young, I would not talk to anybody if I didn’t know them. I’d hide behind my mom if she tried to introduce me to anyone.”
And speaking of her mom, Vanessa says she still to this day has a close relationship with her. She says, “I am so close to my family. I talk to my mom almost every day.I got her fired once. I was calling her at work way too much, because I missed her. Back then, I was so shy, I did not want to leave her side. I would call her at work nonstop, to the point where she got fired. It was horrible.”
But there are still a few people in Vanessa’s life that she ignores on a regular basis, and they’re the paparazzi! She says, “I keep my head down. Usually I’ll run around in hoodies, and I’ve got this massive head of hair, and I throw it all in my face so that nobody can see me. But if I want to do something, I’m going to do it, and if people recognize me, the fans, then great. They’re the reason why High School Musical is what it is, and they’re the reason why I’m here, so I’m thankful.”
It seems Vanessa has stayed very grounded throughout the success of High School Musical, and hasn’t let fame go to her head. She says, “High School Musical was the best thing that could and possibly will ever happen to me. I got to make lifelong friends. I had the most incredible time of my life.”
For the full interview and pictures of Vanessa, pick up a copy of Parade on July 26th.