Vanessa Hudgens speaks out about 'traumatising' nude photo leak

'You completely lose all grip of your own privacy and it's really sad',  says actor

Sarah Young
Friday 03 January 2020 10:09 GMT

Vanessa Hudgens has opened up about being the victim of a nude photo leak, describing it as “really traumatising”.

In 2007, the former Disney star had her privacy breached when nude photos of her were leaked online after he phone was hacked.

“It was a really traumatising thing for me,” Hudgens told Cosmopolitan UK.

“It’s really f***ed up that people feel like they are entitled enough to share something that personal with the world.”

The 31-year-old actor explained that the scandal made her feel as if she had lost “all grip of [her] own privacy”, adding that she found it “sad” that “people take it too far”.

“I think that is because there's a disconnect when you see your favourite actress on the screen, and you see them now on your TV in your homes, and you can watch them whenever you want,” Hudgens said.

“There's almost – I don't want to say lack of respect because that sounds negative – but it just makes you feel like you know them even though you don't.”

Hudgens, who rose to fame in the first High School Musical film in 2006, went on to discuss the #MeToo movement and her own experience in the industry.

She revealed that she had been spoken to in “inappropriate ways” but would always tell a person if they were ”completely out of line”.

“I'm the type of person in any situation, whether it's an audition or in work, if I feel uncomfortable, I'm going to walk away or let that person know they're making me feel uncomfortable,” Hudgens said.

“Then, if they don't respect that, they can go f*** off. If someone doesn't like that, literally they can f*** off.”

The Spring Breakers star also touched upon how she managed to cope with fame at such a young age, admitting she managed to avoid burning out from being a child star by looking after herself and being “a bit anti-social”.

“Looking back, it feels like another lifetime,” she said.

“I mean, I'm tired for sure. I take good care of myself. I know the things that matter the most - I do love my job, but my job isn't everything.

“My family is - my partner and my friends are the things that keep me grounded."

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