Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty Images Photo: Vanessa Hudgens Smiles For a Pic at the Gimme Shelter Screening in Hollywood, California on January 14, 2014

Changing up your look for a role is something Vanessa Hudgens definitely understands. She’s one of those people who are just naturally adorable, and her character in her recent film Gimme Shelter? Totally doesn’t fit that description. To fit the role, she had to undergo a crazy transformation.

In the movie, Vanessa plays a homeless and pregnant teen, a role that’s dramatically different from anything she’s ever done before — and, she admitted to E! News, it took a lot of prep work to look the part.

“It was really fun. Just because it’s so rare that you get to do that,” Vanessa said. “I put on 15 pounds, ate whatever I wanted. I’m not complaining. I cut off all my hair, which really set the tone. It was such a liberating thing and kinda reminded me — if I can do that, I can do this.”

Vanessa eats everything she wants and calls it method acting. We eat everything we want, and we call it Tuesday.

“I just kinda tried to make myself as ugly as possible, whether that was the way that I walked or my mannerisms or my tone of voice,” Vanessa added. “I wanted her to be strong and tough but broken because that’s what she is. You just see her transform into someone who actually finds love and really feels it for the first time and there’s nothing more powerful than finding love.”

And Vanessa got so into the role, in fact, that she had a hard time becoming herself again. “As soon as we were done, I didn’t know how to act anymore, because I was so used to playing Apple,” she said. “My best friend tells me all the time how she was so concerned about me, because she, for the first time, looked into my eyes and she didn’t see me.”

Now, though, Vanessa’s feeling more like herself just in time for the film’s release. You’ve come a long way from High School Musical — although we really, really, really want one more movie. Come on, please?

Source: E! Online