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Vanessa Hudgens Opens Up About The Stress Of Dating Zac Efron

03/31/2015 11:09 am ET | Updated Mar 31, 2015
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Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron seemingly had a teenage dream romance after meeting on the set of "High School Musical," but the actress admits there were some struggles that went along with dating the heartthrob.

“I went through a phase when I was really mean because I was so fed up,” Hudgens told the New York Times in a new interview. “Girls were running after him, and I was giving them death stares. Then I realized that’s not what that’s about. ‘Spread the love, be a good person, they support you, be nice.’"

The two stars got together in 2006 and split in 2010. Today, Hudgens is dating actor Austin Butler, who has helped her reconnect with her Christian faith. The two worship at the Hillsong megachurch.

“It feels like Arcade Fire -- it’s epic like that,” she told the New York Times, referencing the indie rock band. “They really focus on you having your own personal relationship with Jesus, which is wonderful.”

In November, People magazine revealed Hudgens landed the leading role in "Gigi" on Broadway. Previews began earlier this month at the Neil Simon Theatre and the show officially opens April 8.

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