Exclusive: Vanessa Hudgens Tastes Harsh Reality of 'Gimme Shelter' (video)
By David Weiner
How many actors can say that the role they played actually made a huge impact on their life? Vanessa Hudgens portrays a pregnant, homeless teen forced to flee her abusive mother (played by Rosario Dawson) in the harrowing film Gimme Shelter, on Blu-ray, Digital HD and VOD April 29, and she got a taste of the harsh reality portrayed in the film while preparing for her role. Watch the exclusive video...
"I wanted to be able to step into their shoes and really feel what it's like to not have anywhere else to go and not have anything," says Vanessa.
Inspired by a true story, Gimme Shelter casts Vanessa as Agnes "Apple" Bailey, who finds herself on a desperate and isolated journey of survival after she leaves her home life and comes knocking on the door of her Wall Street father (played by Brendan Fraser), only to be turned away. Desperate for help, she turns to a compassionate stranger (played by James Earl Jones), who leads her to find help and support in a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers, ultimately inspiring her to help others.