Picks and Pans Review: Vanessa Hudgens Sounds Off

UPDATED 11/13/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/13/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

The 17-year-old star of the Disney Channel's High School Musical has gone from that movie's hit soundtrack to her debut solo album, V.

ON HER HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL CHARACTER
Gabriella is a great role model. But I'm not the person who sits at home and reads a book by the fire. I'm definitely the girl who's gonna go out to the mall and go shopping.

ON THE NEXT HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL MOVIE
We're going to [shoot] a second one in February. We're all coming back. It takes place during summer vacation and I'm a lifeguard, so I'll get to wear a cute bathing suit.

ON HER FAVORITE MUSICALS
I really like Grease, The Sound of Music and Bye Bye Birdie. And West Side Story. I want to play Maria. That's my dream job. I hope a studio will hear that.

ON HER SINGING IDOL
I've looked up to Celine Dion since I was 4 or 5. I would sit in front of my karaoke machine and all I would do was sing "The Power of Love."

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