Actress Vanessa Hudgens travels to the Philippines to explore her family history as the lead in a new travel documentary. The film will capture Hudgens’ first trip to her mother’s birth country and explore her close relationship with her family and her personal journey as an American-born semi-Filipino woman who has become one of the most recognized stars in the world.
The project will begin filming later this month in the Philippine cities of Palawan and Manila. Hudgens is joined on the trip and in the film by her mother, Gina Guangco, and her sister, Stella Hudgens. Vanessa Hudgens has spoken with pride many times about her mother’s heritage, who left the Philippines for the United States at the age of 25.
“I feel like our story resonates with so many women around the world,” says Hudgens. “The more we can share, the more we can help each other.” The as-yet-untitled film is produced and directed by Paul Soriano, the director of the Mañanita competition at the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival. (Hollywood Reporter)
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“We are honored to work with Vanessa on this film project,” says Soriano. “It’s inspiring to discover that despite everything she’s accomplished in her life, she wants to rediscover her Filipino roots and pay homage to her mother’s country. Hopefully this opens the doors for many more collaborations.”
He began acting at the age of eight and became a global sensation with Disney Channel’s High School Musical. As a young adult, her other credits include Spring Breakers, Gimme Shelter, and Bad Boys for Life. She also executive produced and starred in the movies The Knight Before Christmas and all three episodes of The Princess Switch for Netflix. Next up for her is an indie comedy French Girl and Bad Boys 4 from Michael Bay.
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