Vanessa Hudgens, an American actress, has indicated that she aspires to transform her parents’ immigrant tale into a film. Hudgens first rose to prominence as Gabriella Montez in Disney’s High School Musical when she was a teenager.
Young Disney fans were charmed by her portrayal of a new girl who falls for the school’s basketball star, Troy Bolton (Zac Efron). She repeated her role as Montez in the sequels to High School Musical, High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3. She went on to star in films and television productions such Grease: Live, The Princess Switch; The Knight Before Christmas, and Tick, Tick… Boom! after her Disney career.
In recent years, Hudgens has begun to dabble in producing in addition to her performing profession. In The Knight Before Christmas, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, and The Princess Switch 3; she played both an actress and a producer. Hudgens not only worked as a producer on Princess Switch; but she also played various doppelgängers in the film. Her commitment to furthering her acting and producing careers may one day allow her to direct her own picture.
Hudgens stated her desire to make a film about her parents’ immigrant journey in an interview with Glamour Magazine. While most people think of Gina as a California native; she was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the United States at the age of 25. Hudgens has always dreamed that her mother will write a book on her experiences as a new immigrant to America and the challenges she faced.
“I can’t even imagine how difficult and challenging that is and what challenges she faced as a woman”
Gina’s tale is inspiring, but it’s not the only one out there. Hudgens understands that there are millions of people in the United States; who can connect to her parents’ tale and would like to see their own problems reflected on the big screen. Take a look at what she has to say:
She said, “My mom is from the Philippines, and growing up there weren’t really that many women who looked like me and my mom and my family on screen. It’s so important to share all the different stories because America is a massive melting pot, [just like the] world. There are so many different stories that need to be told so that we are exposed to them and can have more empathy towards different people.
Vanessa added, “As an immigrant, coming into the States and not knowing anyone, I can’t even imagine how difficult and challenging that is and what challenges she faced as a woman. And my father was a firefighter, so he was gone for a week and home for a week. I feel like that’s such a relatable story to so many women all over the world. The more that we can share, the more we can lift each other up.“
Hudgens’ proposal would undoubtedly contribute to Hollywood’s efforts to enhance diversity and representation. She is true in that there are few films that record the immigrant experience in general; and even fewer that focus exclusively on the Filipino-American community. As Hudgens pointed out, such portrayal could be extremely beneficial to such people by demonstrating that they are not alone.
Her parents’ narrative would not only be meant to entertain but also to develop a community of immigrants
When immigrants, like Hudgens’ mother, arrive in a new nation with or without family and confront several challenges; it is natural for them to feel alone and alienated. Films based on genuine tales; on the other hand, can show these people that they are not alone and that they can find strength in the lives of others.
Hudgens’ parents’ storey is one that deserves to be told on the big screen in general. Her parents’ narrative would not only be meant to entertain but also to develop a community of immigrants; and a space where many different people’s stories could be shared. Furthermore, for the non-immigrant community; it would be an eye-opening experience that would equip them with more understanding and empathy for others’ unique situations.
Hudgens has come a long way since her role in High School Musical. She is now an accomplished actor and producer who is working on her first feature picture. Her desire to share her parents’ story in order to assist other immigrants makes one more supportive of her growing profession and anxious to see her goal come true one day.