Vanessa Hudgens vs. Selena Gomez: How are they different?

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Difference between Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez

Teen stars are just everywhere in entertainment news! They are truly a symbol of freshness, charm, youth and talent. Two of the most prominent teen stars that have inspired millions of fans their age group are Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez. Their faces have graced our television screens, magazine pages and billboards countless of times so that sometimes people mistake one for the other. Here is a rundown of the things that set Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez apart.

Vanessa Hudgens
Selena Gomez


Vanessa Hudgens is a 22 year old American singer and actress. She was born in California to a Native American father and a Filipina mother. Vanessa gets her musical prowess from her grandparents who were musicians. Vanessa started into acting as a child, starring in TV commercials and theater plays. She was home schooled until she reached high school where she studied in the Orange County High School of Arts. She embarked on a full-time acting career at 15.

Selena Gomez, 18, is also an American singer and actress. This Disney personality was born to a Mexican and a half-Italian mother, in Grand Prairie, Texas. Her mother was 16 when she had Selena and was a then a stage actress. Because she often watched her mother perform in theater, she was introduced to the world of acting and singing at a very early age. By 7, she was already part of Barney and Kids. She was discovered by Disney in 2004.


Vanessa Hudgens starred in the critically-acclaimed film Thirteen in 2003, a project which opened more doors. In 2005, she was chosen to play the role of Gabriella Montez in High School Musical. Hollywood Records gave her a recording contract and by 2006, she released by debut album V. Her popular singles included Say OK and Come Back to Me. Vanessa sang to former president George W. Bush and his family in the Christmas of 2007.

Selena Gomez is best known for her main role in the Disney Channel Original Series Wizards of Waverly Place, which won an Emmy Award. She stars as Alex Russo. She has also starred in teen movies like Princess Protection Program and Another Cinderella Story. Aside from acting, Selena has a band named Selena Gomez and the Scene. Her band released their first album entitled Kiss and Tell late last year.

Personal Life and Reputation

Vanessa Hudgens was dating HSM co-star Zac Efron. The two were together since the start of the filming of High School Musical. Sometime in 2007, some naked pictures of Vanessa leaked out into the Web, apparently while she was sending them over to her boyfriend, Zac. They apparently broke up on her 22nd birthday.

Selena Gomez is friends with other artists like Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato. The most recent reports purport that she is dating Justin Bieber - but she isn't talking about it.

Similarities and Differences

  • Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez are both Disney stars.
  • Vanessa was the star of High School Music and Selena was the star of Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • Both stars are singers and have albums out.
  • Vanessa’s reputation is controversial. Selena’s public image is not stellar yet but she sang on Dancing With the Stars in 2010.

Which actress is more intriguing?
  • Vanessa Hudgens
  • Selena Gomez

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