Vanessa Hudgens Destroyed Her Self-Confidence For Movie Role

2/6/2012 10:12pm EST

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens had to rebuild her self-esteem after taking her role as a pregnant tomboy in new movie Gimme Shelter too seriously - and literally becoming the self-loathing character.

The High School Musical star underwent a dramatic transformation to play Apple Bailey in the film, hacking off her hair and sporting fake piercings. She also forced herself to feel "insecure" for three months during the shoot - but her intense preparations left her struggling to regain her confidence when the cameras stopped rolling.

Hudgens tells You magazine, "Apple is a really insecure character, so I was basically telling myself I was a piece of s**t for three months and it really affected me.

"After filming was finished, it took me a long time to get out of that way of thinking. I completely lost myself for a while."


Vanessa Hudgens


Photo Credits: Emiley Schweich / PR Photos

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