Vanessa Hudgens opens up about her father’s death and mental health as’ Glamor UK’s digital cover star

By Anita Tai.

31 minutes ago

Vanessa Hudgens is a great place now.

The actress’ mantra “Be you. Do you. For you.is written across her social media and she says she is “comfortable” with herself – but it took her a while to get there.

“I feel like I’ve lived many, many lives just because I’ve been in this business for so long,” she told Glamor UK for the cover story of their digital December issue. “I had big dreams and was so excited and bright eyes and bushy tail. You know, I think it takes time to get comfortable with yourself, like, really comfortable.”

In fact, it is a process Hudgens experiences that she repeats herself through different times in her life.

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“I know the pandemic – like having to sit at home with myself and really work on my shadow self; the things you do not really want to face – have forced me to grow because it is uncomfortable, ”she explained. “These are the moments that challenge you and really force you to make an opinion about who you are and how you want to present yourself to the world.”

She added: “I feel like I’ve had that moment several times throughout my life and it’s evolved and changed the way I am.”

Vanessa Hudgens - Photo: Mike Rosenthal
Vanessa Hudgens – Photo: Mike Rosenthal

The 32-year-old actress went through a difficult time in 2016 with the death of her father. He had been battling cancer in Phase 4, and the news came just before her appearance as Lizzo on “Grease: Live!”, Which was broadcast live nationally.

Hudgens thought of his father and continued.

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“There was never a moment when I thought I would not do it [“Grease: Live!”] because my dad wanted me to do it, ”she recalled. “He gave so much time and energy that I could achieve my dreams and that I could have a career where I can do what I love. So I felt I had to do it, for that was what he would have wanted [me] to do. Of course if I. [hadn’t], that would be fine too. But knowing that I somehow did it in honor of him is what made it really special and made me feel even more connected to him. “

Vanessa Hudgens - Photo: Mike Rosenthal
Vanessa Hudgens – Photo: Mike Rosenthal

It was an experience that helped “Tick, Tick … Bom!” the actress understands her own relationship to mental health and what self-care looks like.

“You have to take care of yourself. It’s easy to spread yourself in a million different directions, but in the end you’re left to deal with yourself,” she reflected. “You have to take the appropriate steps. … Skin care is a big thing for me. It’s really nice at the end of the day and in the morning to have a moment with yourself in the mirror and know that you take the time to love yourself. ”

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Read the full interview in Glamor UK December digital edition online now.

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