Vanessa Hudgens: Marie Claire October 2013 Cover Girl

vanessahudgens-marieclaire-091013Vanessa Hudgens looks beautiful on the October issue of Marie Claire magazine.

The 24-year-old was busy promoting her upcoming film, Machete Kills, and opened up about everything from choosing more mature and darker roles to paparazzi. Check out some highlights.

On her parents & upbringing: “My parents gave up so much. [My dad] would keep driving back to the same place that he worked every time we moved. By the end, the commute was not fun. Money was a big thing. My parents drove me up to L.A., which cost a lot because of gas, and took out loans so that we could move from location to location to be close to L.A. The family definitely struggled. They were very supportive of me. They gave up a lot so that I could get to where I am.”

On the attention she received from “High School Musical”: “I’m a private person. Nothing can prepare you for that. [In London] there were so many fans flocking our car, it was rocking back and forth — like we were the Beatles or something. It was bananas.”

On her recent roles: “I love finding things that scare me and doing them. That’s how you grow.”

For more of Vanessa’s cover story, go here and pick up a copy when it hits newsstands on September 17.