Although it’s been a while since Vanessa Hudgens has starred in a Disney movie, the High School Musical actress has received lots of attention for her Netflix trilogy The Princess Switch (2018), which is a Christmas rom-com series that is just as warm, fuzzy, and fluffy as Christmas romcoms usually are (the second film is called The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020), and the third movie is called The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star (2021)). Vanessa plays three characters in the films: Stacy De Novo, a down-to-earth baker, her relative Lady Margaret Delacourt, and Lady Margaret’s cousin Lady Fiona Pembroke.
Vanessa also starred in (and produced) the Netflix film The Knight Before Christmas! Since movies in that genre are consistently popular around the holidays, Vanessa has been making the rounds on a press tour, and she’s also been doing interviews for her new movie Tick, Tick…Boom!. In Glamour magazine’s Unfiltered series of interviews, Vanessa Hudgens opened up about the pros and cons that would make her turn down a princess life if she actually had the chance to be a Disney princess or a real-life royal.
“I would never want to be a royal,” Vanessa said in the interview. “The idea of it, the ‘chicness’ of it, is cute, but, like, the reality? I’m just way too goofy and I enjoy living my life to the fullest. The giving-back aspect of it I think is really beautiful…to be able to make such significant change, and that’s something that I try to incorporate into my everyday life, and my ‘legacy’ just [by] working with organizations. But yeah, the day-to-day of it…I guess I already am under scrutiny being someone who is in front of the camera, but the royals have it on a whole other level”.
Vanessa Hudgens also spoke about the traditional Disney princesses’ storylines, and how she chooses to look further afield for the Disney princess movies’ messages than the usual ‘happily ever after’. “I grew up loving all the Disney fairytales, the princesses…I mean they were musicals, come on. Of course I’m gonna love ’em,” Vanessa joked. “But I never really believed that I needed a man in order to have all my dreams come true. That wasn’t my takeaway. My takeaway from those films were [sic] life can be magical, and there can be synchronicities that push you from one place into another and [the] adversity you face will push you into your destiny and you’re probably gonna sing about it along the way.”
Although Vanessa might not have an interest in real-life royal status, and she doesn’t subscribe to the traditional Disney princess romances’ structure, this actress’s consistent popularity and her talent could certainly make her a wonderful voice actress or live-action actor for a future Disney princess!
Would you like to see Vanessa play a Disney princess or voice a Disney princess someday, and have you been watching her Christmas romcoms or following the Princess Switch franchise? If you have, which Princess Switch character is your favorite: Princess Stacy DeNovo, cousin Fiona Pembroke, or Lady Margaret (also known as Duchess Margaret, and now Queen Margaret)?