Vanessa Hudgens Wants “kids And An Oscar” In The Future, Talks Being A Role Model In Marie Claire

Compared to former teen Disney and Nickelodeon stars like Miley Cyrus and Amanda Bynes, one-time “High School Musical” actress Vanessa Hudgens remains one of the most grounded young celebrities today. In fact, the self-described “spiritual” actress does her best to stay clear of troublesome things like paparazzi. “A sense of knowing I’m a part of something bigger than myself has allowed me to enjoy life more,” Hudgens, 24, said in an interview with Marie Claire magazine’s October issue. “And not worry about the little things like paparazzi.” PHOTOS: CHILD STAR MELTDOWNS Though not to the extent of a few of her peers, Hudgens has had a couple of run-ins with bad press like in 2009, when nude photos “leaked” from her phone during her highly publicized relationship with “HSM” co-star Zac Efron. Tesh/Marie Claire The Spring Breakers star graces the October cover of Marie Claire magazine. Then in 2011, Hudgens dealt with drug-abuse accusations after photos of her at the Coachella Music Festival showed her with a white substance which she insists was white chocolate , and not cocaine. RELATED: VANESSA HUDGENS WAS MOST SCARED OF THREESOME IN SPRING BREAKERS “I couldn’t do anything but laugh,” she said. “It’s amazing how people like to create something out of absolutely nothing. I am human like everyone else. I am aware that there are people who look up to me. When mistakes are made, they aren’t intentional, and I constantly push myself to be a better person.” RELATED: VANESSA HUDGENS: ‘I’M A TOTAL GYPSY BOHEMIAN’ “I’m so comfortable with myself honing (sic) in on what I love and what makes me powerful,” she said. “Things I’ve been doing lately, I’m super-proud of. So I don’t really care if someone doesn’t like it, because I love it.” The “Spring Breakers” star also attributes much of her success to her family which she says gave up a lot for her to pursue a career in Hollywood. “Money was a big thing,” she tells the magazine.

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“The family definitely struggled. They were very supportive of me. They gave up a lot so that I could get to where I am.” VIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens talks “mad respect” for pole dancers, visiting strip clubs for research The actress is undoubtedly grateful for her success, which has also provided the young beauty with a strong sense of self as well as the confidence to continue advancing her career in her post-Disney days “I am so comfortable with myselfhoning in on what I love and what makes me powerful,” she explains. “Things I’ve been doing lately, I’m super-proud of. So I don’t really care if someone doesn’t like it, because I love it.” While the Spring Breakers star has clearly made an effort tochallenge herself with more difficult roles, Hudgens is fully aware that she’s still a role model for many, opening about her infamous Coachella incident where she was accused of drug use after a particularly damning photograph. PHOTO: Vanessa Hudgens shows off new ombre hair color Marie Claire “I couldn’t do anything but laugh. It’s amazing how people like to create something out of absolutely nothing,” she says. “I am human like everyone else. I am aware that there are people who look up to me. When mistakes are made, they aren’t intentional, and I constantly push myself to be a better person.” Fair enough. And the former High School Musical star also opens up about finding happiness in the cutthroat Hollywood world. “You have a choice whether you want to be happy or not. I choose to be happy. And it’s been working out pretty well,” she says, adding. “A sense of knowing I’m part of something bigger than myself has allowed me to enjoy life more.

Aside from her nude photo scandal in 2007, she was also famously pictured at Coachella in 2011 indulging in a white powdery substance — which she claims is white chocolate and not cocaine as some have speculated. And now, in a new interview with Marie Claire for their October cover, she revisits the drug scandal. “I couldn’t do anything but laugh. It’s amazing how people like to create something out of absolutely nothing,” she says about the still talked-about photos. “I am human like everyone else. I am aware that there are people who look up to me. When mistakes are made, they aren’t intentional, and I constantly push myself to be a better person.” Pics: Who Wore It Bettter? Vanessa or Kylie? But though she is well aware of her role model status, she is also clearly unafraid to be herself. Aside from taking racy roles in Spring Breakers and The Frozen Ground (in which she plays a stripper), Hudgens is also a constant paparazzi target, and is well known for her unconventional fashion choices. “I’m so comfortable with myself — honing in on what I love and what makes me powerful,” she says. “Things I’ve been doing lately, I’m super-proud of. So I don’t really care if someone doesn’t like it, because I love it. … A sense of knowing I’m a part of something bigger than myself has allowed me to enjoy life more.