Vanessa Hudgens wants fresh start with Sucker Punch

March 26th, 2011

Vanessa Hudgens hopes her role in 'Sucker Punch' will help her put her 'High School Musical' past behind her.

The 22-year-old actress plays Blondie in the new asylum-set fantasy action film and she is confident the gun-toting part will allow people to see her as more than just Gabriella from the Disney trilogy.

Vanessa - who ditches her trademark brunette locks for blonde ones in the film - said: "I auditioned for the role several times. It was a bit of a challenge for a second because people could only see me as the girl that randomly broke into song and dance. But I heard about this movie and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I think as long as I put the work in, people will give me the chance."

The young starlet - who recently split from her 'High School Musical' co-star boyfriend Zac Efron - loved filming 'Sucker Punch' because her character gets to kick so much butt.

She added: "She's a really fun character. She is in this crazy world as well. She starts out as kind of a follower, but it's fun, because I feel like in a lot of my sequences she becomes a total bad-a*s, which is why it's kind of funny because, like the blonde hair, it's a complete difference."

Vanessa stars in the movie with Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone and Jamie Chung.