Vanessa shakes off girl-next-door image with a raunchy performance!

London: She is famed for her role as goody-two-shoes teen Gabriella Montez in High School Musical but it seems Vanessa Hudgens is keen to shake the squeaky clean image with her raunchy performance in the musical `Rent`.

In a series of revealing costumes, the 21-year-old actress and singer gave a provocative performance in the part of Mimi, an HIV-infected stripper, a news website reported.

In addition to passionately kissing her co-star, Gossip Girl actor Aaron Tveit, Hudgens posed and danced suggestively for him.

Joining Hudgens and Tveit in the star-studded cast was Pussycat Doll star Nicole Scherzinger, who plays bisexual performance artist Maureen.

The show is directed by How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, who performed in the 1997 touring production of the musicial, and runs for just three days at the Hollywood Bowl.

Speaking about Hudgens` performance as Mimi, Harris said, "She looks amazing, has great vocal chops, and seems really committed to honouring the somewhat iconic role of Mimi. I look forward to audiences seeing a dark, edgy, and very different side of Vanessa Hudgens."

PTI

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