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Former Disney actress promotes 'witchcraft' in new film about her occult spiritual journey
Vanessa Hudgens (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

Former Disney actress promotes 'witchcraft' in new film about her occult spiritual journey

Former Disney actress Vanessa Hudgens recently released a new film that follows her occult spiritual journey. Hudgens is best known for her role as Gabriella Montez in the Disney movie "High School Musical" and as Candy in "Spring Breakers."

The actress' latest project, "Dead Hot," is an unscripted Tubi film about Hudgens and her best friend, musician GG Magree, exploring witchcraft and ghost hunting.

In the film, Hudgens and Magree travel to Salem, Massachusetts, the setting of the 1692 Salem witch trials, to connect with the spirit world.

The duo, who consider themselves to be self-taught students of witchcraft, regard experimenting and connecting with the spirit world to be their pastime, according to Variety.

Hudgens told the outlet that the recently released film "was a lot more personal than anything I've ever done."

"I'm not hiding behind a character as I normally do in films — this is me, exploring something that I am very passionate about," she added.

"I knew it would be extremely personal, and I would be sticking my neck out doing so," Hudgens continued. "But I'm hoping that it makes other curious people out there to be inspired to open their hearts, minds and soul. Trust their intuition and find a bit more peace in the unknown."

Hudgens explained that the idea for the unscripted film started in 2020 when she and Magree were "looking for ways to better ourselves."

"I really started to lean into rituals and manifestation. I was actually leading little coven meetings over Zoom with a few other witchy friends. It was such an uplifting community and it had me even more curious about witchcraft. The exploration seemed like a special thing to document and share," Hudgens explained.

According to Variety, the two sought "proper mentorship and training" after a ghost-hunting adventure "went awry." They chose to travel to Salem to receive a "masterclass in witchcraft," the outlet noted.

Leslie Garvin, a "Shark Tank" producer who claims to be spiritually gifted and able to communicate with the deceased, was hired to mentor Hudgens and Magree for the film.

Magree told Variety, "The stigma is quite serious, so we wanted to approach it more in like a friendship and in a light way for people like us that are self-taught."

The film's executive producer Farnaz Farjam stated that the two friends approached witchcraft in a "very healthy and positive" way.

Hudgens noted that she is aware some might be disapproving of the film's promotion of witchcraft but hopes it will succeed in inspiring audiences.

"I think when you're doing something against the grain there will always be some sort of pushback," Hudgens stated. "But the overall message is so empowering that hopefully — skeptic or not — you can walk away feeling a bit more in your own power."

Dead Hot | Official Trailer | A Tubi Originalyoutu.be

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