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.

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Two years after her career in stage plays and musicals, she started auditioning for commercials and television shows, and her family moved to Los Angeles after she won a role in a television commercial.

Following her appearance on the series, she guest starred in an episode of the series Robbery Homicide Division, airing on CBS in 2002.

Her mother, Gina (née Guangco), held a succession of office jobs, and her father, Gregory Hudgens, was a firefighter.

Starting at the age of eight, Hudgens performed in musical theater as a singer, and appeared in local productions of Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, and Cinderella, among others.

The success of the first film led to Hudgens acquiring a recording contract with Hollywood Records, with whom she released two studio albums, V (2006) and Identified (2008).

In addition to High School Musical, Hudgens has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel.2003 saw Hudgens making her theatrical debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen, in which she had the supporting role of Noel.The film, which revolved around teenager Tracy trying to fit in and getting caught up in the wrong crowd, was somewhat of a commercial success, grossing million worldwide.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 film, released on January 20, 2006, was both a critical and commercial success.