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02/21/2013 06:24 pm ET

Vanessa Hudgens' Nude Photos Were 'The Worst Moment' Of Her Career

Vanessa Hudgens learned what it's like to be at the center of a scandal at a very early age.

The former Disney star is perhaps better known for the nude photos that leaked in 2007, when she was just 18, than any of her legitimate projects. Today, the actress tells Paper magazine that the nude photo leak was "by far the worst moment of my career."

Hudgens clearly was never forced to sit through her 2011 movie "Beastly," if she considers the photo leak to be her worst moment professionally, but we'll admit having private photos passed around online isn't anyone's idea of a good time.

"That was just a really shitty situation that sucked," Hudgens told the magazine of the photos that required her to issue an apology in order to keep Disney from dropping her from "High School Musical 3."

Now, at the age of 24, Hudgens has left all pretenses of a family-friendly image behind her and stars alongside Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and James Franco in "Spring Breakers," due in theaters March 22. The film follows four bikini-clad girls as they rob a fast-food restaurant in order to finance their spring break trip to Florida, and end up entangled with a drug dealer named Alien.

While promoting the film, Hudgens has already revealed that shooting a threesome scene with Benson and Franco was "too much for [her] to handle," and that she had to watch topless girls make out on the beach, which provided an ultra-realistic background canvas to film against.

The film has garnered tons of buzz, mostly because its young stars can be seen doing things that would otherwise land them in the pages of every tabloid and gossip website in the world, but Hudgens sees it as the next step in her career.

"It's always been hard for actors to cross that bridge," she told Paper magazine of her Disney past. "But honestly, you have to hold out and do what you think is right for yourself."

For more with Vanessa Hudgens, click over to Paper magazine.

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