AGE: 18
BIRTHDAY: December 14
HOMETOWN: Salinas, Calif.
SISTER: Stella, 12

Super Scholar
GABRIELLA MONTEZ

PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ...
"I'm really an outdoorsy girl. People think I can't go anywhere without getting all primped up, but I love to go camping, and I'm totally fine with not doing my hair or makeup, not taking a shower and just hiking."

CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ...
"I'm a major cell phone person! I have two—an enV and a Sidekick. And no matter where I go, I always bring sandals and my Uggs."

FAVORITE SNACK
"Peanut butter crackers. I eat them all the time, so I always smell like peanut butter!"

THING SHE WANTED FROM THE SET
"All the guys have class rings, and they're so cool! It's gold, it has a ruby and it says 'Wildcats' on it. I want it so bad!"

DREAM ROLE
"I've always wanted to play Maria in West Side Story. My idol is Natalie Wood, and I love the movie, so I think a modern-day twist on it would be really neat."

BOYFRIEND?
She's dating costar Zac Efron. Their most public date: a day at the beach in Hawaii.

HOW SHE'S LIKE GABRIELLA
"In the new movie, Gabriella's all about experiencing life and having fun. That's how I am—I'm living life to my fullest."

HOW SHE'S NOT LIKE GABRIELLA
"I definitely was not the brainiac in school. I'm much more outgoing than Gabriella. She's reserved, and I'm the one who will definitely speak her thoughts."