Now the actress, 31, is finally opening up about that time in her young life when she had to balance work and a relationship.
“I remember one time we did have a fight, and it was while we were at rehearsals, and I remember Kenny Ortega [the director] coming around the corner with the most concerned look on his face like, ‘Oh no, is our movie going to fall apart right now?’” Hudgens revealed onThe Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast.
“I pride myself on being a professional, so I was, like, that aside, we are going to move forward and do what we need to do and we sorted it all out. I think because I was so young, having that relationship really stabilized me,” she admitted.
Hudgens said that she first met Efron when they auditioned for the lead roles of Gabriella and Troy, respectively, and she was immediately attracted to him. She said she thought, “Oh my God, this guy is so cute.”
“[The relationship] started off really organically, and I could not have been more grateful to have that relationship at the time,” she said. “[The movie] was this massive phenomenon all of a sudden and all eyes were on me… I had someone to lean on who was going through it as well.”
After she split from Efron, Hudgens began dating actor Austin Butler and the two are still together.