Just call her Vanessa Rizzo.
After a courageous Grease: Live! performance, 27-year-old Vanessa Hudgens won hearts of fans all over the world. Not only did the show go on not 24 hours after her father, Greg, died of stage 4 cancer, but Hudgens was a showstopper in every sense of the word.
The High School Musical star’s Betty Rizzo was fun and impassioned, her vocals unflinching. Her rendition of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” was a colossal hit, fans swearing that her high emotion did little but contribute to the overall act.
Surely, it requires vast bravery and poise to pull off such a performance under Hudgens’ circumstances. Just two days after Grease: Live!, she and sister Stella were seen making funeral arrangements in Glendale.
But it was her unwavering optimism after the lights had faded that truly illustrated her character.
Calling the show “one of the most incredible experiences,” the actress shared her immense happiness to have been a part of it — even in the face of heartbreak.
Despite the harrowing position Hudgens has now found herself in, she’s put on a steadfastly positive face for the public.
In that way, it seems, she’s embraced Rizzo wholeheartedly.