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Vanessa Hudgens says 'Sucker Punch' role wasn't 'handed to me'

07/26/2010 by Corinne Heller

Vanessa Hudgens says 'Sucker Punch' role wasn't 'handed to me' Vanessa Hudgens says she had to audition to get the part of Blondie, a mentally-ill girl who portrays a prostitute in the Zack Snyder-directed fantasy film Sucker Punch.

"I was over the moon, are you kidding?" Hudgens said recently. "I was so surprised, actually. I put a lot of work into it. The part wasn't offered to me. I went in, I did several reads - I think about four. And when I got the call, oh my god. Happiest girl alive."

"It's the best," she said. "I love auditions because when you get it, it's the most rewarding thing. It's so much better than having something handed to you."

Sucker Punch is set for release on March 25, 2011 and also stars Carla Gugino of Watchmen fame.

"I play a Polish psychiatrist in the 1960s in the real world and in the alternate world, I play a dominatrix-influenced-choreographer-slash-madame," Gugino said. "I mean, can it get any better than that? And I had the opportunity to sing and dance."

Hudgens, 21, became famous in 2006 when she starred in the Disney movie High School Musical alongside her real-life boyfriend Zac Efron. She recently accompanied him to the premiere of his new film, Charlie St. Cloud.

"I start off in a mental institute," Hudgens, 21 , had told Nylon magazine about Sucker Punch, in comments published in its May issue. "And one of the girls gets signed up for a lobotomy. In order to cope with what she's going through, she images the entire place as a brothel."

"Every time she's forced to dance, she closes her eyes, and when she opens them, she's in an extreme situation - like one time, it's samurais coming after her. At one point, we all play hookers. And there are burlesque shows. I do a belly dance in the most amazing belly-dance costume you have ever seen in your life," the magazine quoted Hudgens as saying.

Check out the recent video interview with Vanessa Hudgens, carried out at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego, California by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company:

Check out the video interview with Carla Gugino:

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