Vanessa Anne Hudgens (born December 14, 1988) is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. She made her film screen debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen. Hudgens' debut album V was released on September 26, 2006. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number twenty-four, and was later certified Gold. Hudgens released her second album, Identified, on July 1, 2008 in the U.S.