Vanessa Hudgens

Hudgens in 2010, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Vanessa Anne Hudgens

Place of Birth: Salinas, Monterey, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 14, 1988

*father – English, some Scottish and Irish
*mother – Filipino, along with Spanish and Chinese

Vanessa Hudgens is an American actress and singer, also credited under her full name, Vanessa Anne Hudgens. She is known for her role in the High School Musical franchise, among other films. Her sister is actress Stella Hudgens.

Vanessa’s father, Gregory Hudgens, was of English, and some Scottish and Irish, descent. He was also said to have Native American roots, although it is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Vanessa’s mother, Gina (Guangco), is Filipino, and has Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese ancestry.

Vanessa does not speak Tagalog. She has stated that her mother tried to teach her the language when she was younger. Vanessa has also stated that she loves Filipino food and is proud to be a Filipina.

Vanessa’s paternal grandfather was John Robert Hudgens (the son of Claude Bryan Hudgens and Elsie Simpson). John was born in Illinois, and was a trumpet player during the big band era. Claude was the son of Zachariah G. Hudgens and Caroline “Carrie” Fly.

Vanessa’s paternal grandmother is Bonnie Lee Karnes (the daughter of Dawsey Karnes and Freda Colene Pemberton). Bonnie was born in Missouri. Dawsey was the son of Charles Herman Karnes and Emma Jane Sloan. Freda was the daughter of William Raleigh Patton Pemberton and Lucy Eva Sessions.

Sources: Genealogy of Vanessa’s father (focusing on his father’s side) –

Vanessa’s paternal grandfather, John Robert Hudgens, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Vanessa’s paternal grandfather, John Robert Hudgens –

Genealogies of Vanessa’s paternal great-grandparents, Dawsey Karnes and Freda Colene Pemberton –


Curious about ethnicity

414 Responses

  1. Connerfromvine says:

    I do not really see that mix, she just looks full Filipina with her huge nose.

    • Jacklyn 224 says:

      That’s because phenotype does not equate genotype,you moron.

      How da —- does she look full fillip a?have you met full fillipina women,they look nothing like her.

  2. allennox says:

    Hey ethnic on her Spanish Wikipedia bio it states that her mom also has Peruvian ancestry.

  3. sparkles180 says:

    Love her! I thought she was latina.

  4. xoxo says:

    Am I the only one who sees Michael Jackson??

  5. cwm85 says:

    She is my crush of crushes…

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