Vanessa Hudgens shows off a dramatic side of herself in the new film "Gimme Shelter."
Based on a true story, Hudgens plays Agnes "Apple" Bailey in the film. Apple has been in and out of foster homes since she was a child and also has to deal with her addict mother June, played by Rosario Dawson.
After she seeks out her birth father (played by Brendan Fraser), Apple learns she is pregnant and is forced to leave her father's home after the two disagree on Apple's choice to keep the child.
OTRC.com recently talked to Hudgens about the film, changing her appearance for the role and the message of the film. Check out three highlights from the interview below and watch our interview with Hudgens above.
1. Hudgens intended to look unrecognizable in the film.
"It's definitely intentional. I think this story is so powerful and has such strong messages in it. It's nice to be able to watch a movie and not see an actor," she said about her look in the film. "To actually be able to see a character, see a person and have compassion."
"I felt like I had the character to hide behind, you know," she said of the tough scenes in the film. "Even though it was me going through those emotions and feeling those things and going through the situations, it was Apple, you know? So I mean I had that safety I had that, that place to really just let it sit, and let it flow."
2. Hudgens learned a lot from working on the movie.
"I think that this movie shows such an amazing message of -- sometimes we have to go through some very difficult times in our lives and through those difficult times they draw us to different places and that we're exactly where we're meant to be," she said. "So as long as we have hope, you find that you're, you're meant to be, everything's meant to be."
3. Director Ron Krauss had Hudgens eat on screen a lot to be symbolic of how empty Apple felt.
"It was definitely something that I would have to give Ron a little slap on the back for, 'cause, it just came up all the time, it just kept on coming kept on coming, and he wanted me to eat faster and more and it was kind of a never ending story," Hudgens explained. "But it really does stand for a lot of symbolic things."
"Gimmie Shelter" hits theaters on Jan. 24.
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).