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Vanessa Hudgens and Jimmy Fallon Celebrate NBC's Thursday Nights With a 'Friends' Duet

by Rachel McRady 4:58 AM PST, January 31, 2017
Playing Vanessa Hudgens and Jimmy Fallon Celebrate NBC's Thursday Nights With a 'Friends' Duet

Vanessa Hudgens is in good company! The former Disney star’s new superhero-adjacent series, Powerless, is premiering on Thursday nights on NBC.

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When the 28-year-old actress visited The Tonight Show on Monday, host Jimmy Fallon reminded her that other famous sitcoms like Seinfeld, Cheers, and Friends also held the once-coveted position.

To pay tribute to one such series, Hudgens and Fallon sang an acoustic rendition of the Friends theme song, “I’ll Be There For You.”

The High School Musical alum got into the performance, while wearing a cabernet-colored cutout dress, one year after starring in Fox’s Grease Live!

The anniversary of the widely praised musical is also a painful one for Hudgens, who lost her father one day before taking on the role of Rizzo in the live production.

Hudgens took to Instagram on Monday to remember her father, in a touching post.

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“Today marks one year since my dad passed away,” she wrote. “He's my angel looking down on me and I know how proud he is. Forever in my heart he will be.”

Powerless premieres Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

For more of Hudgen’s recent performances, watch the clip below!

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