Vanessa Hudgens says Zac Efron kept her grounded!

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 16:22 PM IST

Los Angeles: Actress Vanessa Hudgens says that her ex-boyfriend Zac Efron helped her stay grounded.

"The relationship kept me grounded. And because I was with someone who knew me so well, I didn`t need to try to be someone that I`m not," a website quoted Hudgens as saying.

The two broke up in December last year after dating for five years.

"Long-distance relationships are hard no matter what. When you don`t have face-to-face time, it`s just different. Having an iPhone helped but it wasn`t the same," she said.

Hudgens has no regrets about spending nearly five years with Efron.

"We grew up together. It was nice to have someone share all those experiences with. It was good," she said.