Born December 14, 1988. Vanessa is an American actress and singer, who is best known for her portrayal of the character Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. She has also made appearances in the television series Still Standing, Drake & Josh, and The Suite life of Zack and Cody. She debuted her singing career with the album V in September 2006. She has since released a second album in 2008 titled Identified. In 2008 and 2009 she was listed as one of People's 100 Most Beautiful People.