Vanessa Hudgens has nothing to hide as she graces the cover of Shape magazine. Starring in the action-fantasy movie Sucker Punch, alongside Abbie Cornish, Hudgens trained hard, and the results are impressive.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do it if it weren’t for the other girls. It’s because of them that I got so strong,” Hudgens told Shape magazine. “In the beginning, I could dead lift 135 pounds. By the end, I lifted 180. I was a monster!”
Hudgens’ work out routine is a combination of pilates, yoga, weight lifting and spinning. She also works out with her mom and sister. Staying fit with friends and family is motivational for the actress.
“Having someone to go to classes with makes you want to do your best, not just for yourself but for the other person too,” she says.
Hudgens admits that she wasn’t always so healthy. While on tour for High School Musical, she traded in Cold Stone Creamery, Butterfinger ice cream and Cheetos for egg white and veggie omelets, oatmeal with almonds and fruit, and spinach salad with grilled chicken or salmon.
“I’m really, really into fashion,” she says. ”My style is boho chic. I love that time period—the patterns, the prints, the people, the music, the vibe. I figure if you love something so much, you should at least give it a try. And you may end up making a living from it too!”
Hudgens also made headlines this year when she and long-term boyfriend Zac Efron broke up. The couple dated for four years after they met while filming Disney’s High School Musical. The split was a result of their long distance separation and busy work schedules.
“We grew up together. It was nice to have someone to share all of those experiences with,” the 22 year old says. ”When you don’t have face-to-face time, it’s just different. Having an iPhone helped, but it just wasn’t the same.”
Read more on Hudgens and Efron and the actress’ before-turning-30 goals in the April issue of Shape magazine on newsstands March 21st.