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Vanessa Hudgens turns in a surprisingly raw and emotionally powerful performance in Scott Walker’s suspenseful thriller, The Frozen Ground, as 17-year-old street hooker Cindy Paulson, one of the few victims that managed to escape Alaska’s most notorious serial killer, Robert Hansen (John Cusack).  In the film inspired by true events, Hudgens’ character forms an unlikely partnership with Alaska State Trooper, Sgt. Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage), who convinces her to help him bring Hansen to justice.  Opening August 23rd, the film also features Dean Norris, Radha Mitchell and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. We recently landed an exclusive interview with Hudgens who talked about her reaction when she first read the script, how meeting the real Cindy Paulson helped inform her portrayal of the character, why it was important to her that audiences see Paulson as a real human being and not a stereotype, what she learned from working with experienced »

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