Vanessa Hudgens used to really be known for her cookie cutter image in movies, but she's certainly changed that up recently, hasn't she? First Spring Breakers, and now Gimme Shelter. In Spring Breakers, she showed that she's not afraid to let her Disney image get trampled over, and even her acting was a notch above anything we've seen from High School Musical. But it's with her latest movie, Gimme Shelter, that Vanessa really gets to stretch her acting mettle.
In an interview with USA Today, Vanessa opens up about the difficulties of the role, explaining that she had to do a lot to get into character, including, "harboring a lot of pain, a lot of fear, a lot of resentment (and) the feeling of being small."
She added that it wasn't easy to re-integrate into the normal world after filming wrapped, explaining that she still felt, "so meek and so scared and so disconnected. I had to work on loving myself again." She explained how she got over the process, saying, "I went on a yoga retreat, and it brought me back to life."
Many actors go through this kind of process when they explore their acting abilities in really dark and difficult roles. Heath Ledger famously kept a diary and limited human interaction during filming for The Dark Knight, and that's nothing compared to what Daniel Day-Lewis does for each of his roles. While Vanessa Hudgens isn't even close to their level, her process of working isn't all that different, although I wouldn't say it's really 'full method' either.