Vanessa Hudgens is ready to blossom as a serious young actress.

Vanessa Hudgens is ready to blossom as a serious young actress.

Vanessa Hudgens doesn’t ask for too much, just a vintage Mustang, kids and, oh yes, an Oscar. It may seem like a tall order for an actress who has just graduated from Disney teen queen to young starlet. But Vanessa is hot to trot for meatier roles and it shows in the new Marie Claire.

She’s all about smoldering, sexy glamour in a photo spread for the magazine’s October issue. And she lets it be known she’s comfortable in her own skin.

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“I am so comfortable with myself – honing in on what I love and what makes me powerful. 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,” she tells the magazine.

One of the things the 24-year-old actress has been doing a lot lately is traveling.

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The interview takes place on the island of Nusa Lembongan, a tropical paradise located southeast of Bali, Indonesia. It’s hosting the Oakley Pro Bali surf contest; that’s why she’s there.

You could call her existential. “Nothing is real except the present,” she waxes philosophically.

“If you’re worrying about the future, it’s completely irrelevant because it hasn’t happened yet. And the past — there’s no need to dwell on that, either,” she says.

“She’s not jaded at all,” says good friend Selena Gomez.

Hudgens is also well known for her annual pilgrimages to the Coachella Music Festival, where she can get lost in the crowd… but not too lost.

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She touched off a torrent of tabloid rumors when she was spotted indulging in what looked like cocaine. But she says it was merely white chocolate.
“I couldn’t do anything but laugh. It’s amazing how people like to create something out of absolutely nothing,” she says.

Hudgens already has “Spring Breakers,” her most risque movie to date under her belt. It included a partial nude scene with Ashley Benson and James Franco.

She most recently appeared with John Cusack in the thriller “The Frozen Ground.” He plays ’80s serial killer Robert Hansen and she plays Cindy Paulson, an intended victim who escapes.

She’s got two more films on deck this year; “Machete Kills,” is a Robert Rodriguez sequel to “Machete,” a action film patterned after B-movie exploitation films. She’s also appearing in “Gimme Shelter,” an indie film in which she plays a pregnant teen on the run from an abusive mother.

Check out Vanessa’s photos and drop by Marie Claire for more on her career ambitions and desires. And don’t forget to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest on young Hollywood.