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Vanessa Hudgens Says Zac Efron Kept Her 'Head On Straight' — Can She Stay Grounded Without Him?

Sun, March 6, 2011 4:24pm EDT by William Earl 34 Comments
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Vanessa’s ex-boyfriend helped her survive young stardom — can she transition into adulthood without her man?

Vanessa Hudgens broke up with her longtime boyfriend Zac Efron in Dec. 2010, but admits in a new interview that much of her personal success is a result of his strength!

Although Vanessa, 22, says she’s just “friends” with Zac, it is obvious from her March 3 interview with USA Today that Zac, 23, helped guide her through the perils of Hollywood.

“A lot of people may get lost in the lights and glamour of it all. It should be about the work first and everything else later,” Vanessa says. She credits her family to keeping her grounded, but even more important was the support of her High School Musical castmates.

“I also had (HSM co-stars) to grow with, like Ashley (Tisdale) and Zac. We all went on this journey together and had each other to fall back on. You’ve got to have your friends to keep your head on straight,” she says.

As Vanessa gets a higher profile with huge spring movies such as Beastly and Sucker Punch, will she be able to stay grounded without the support of her man?

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