Vanessa Hudgens Talks 'Gigi': 'Being on Broadway Is Like Being an Athlete'

by Raphael Chestang 5:04 PM PDT, April 08, 2015
Playing Vanessa Hudgens Talks 'Gigi': 'Being on Broadway Is Like Being an Athlete'

Vanessa Hudgens opened up to ET about preparing for her Broadway debut in Gigi and the pressures of taking on a role once played by Audrey Hepburn.

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"I'm realizing now that being on Broadway is like being an athlete," Hudgens told ET at New 42nd Street Studios in New York City. "You have to take such good care of yourself, your body, your vocal chords, just everything because it's tough. It's definitely a hustle."

The $12 million Broadway production opens on Wednesday and the 26-year-old former Disney star will be the main attraction, starring as the title character.

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"It's such an iconic part and it's such a powerful part as well," Hudgens said. "I think that it's a role that women, as well as young women, need in this day and age. I think it's going to be really empowering. I've got some really good footsteps to follow behind. I'm just so excited. I love this part and I love this play so much."

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In 1951, Hepburn starred as Gigi, who is being groomed for a career as a courtesan. Gigi's life is turned upside down when she falls in love with a rich playboy bored with his opulent lifestyle.

"I love theater and I love musicals," Hudgens gushed. "I feel like this is where I feel most comfortable."