Gabriella Montez is the deuteragonist and love interest of Troy Bolton from the High School Musical series. She began attending East High in the first movie and first meets Troy Bolton at the ski lodge karaoke party on New Year's Eve. She makes friends with Taylor McKessie and soon later Kelsi Nielsen. She decided to audition for the school musical. However, it is too late, when Ms. Darbus hears Gabriella singing with Troy and gives them a callback. She was concerned about having a lead role. Gabriella sadly runs away from the lead role and becomes heartbroken, but Taylor tells her about the decathlon and she and Troy won the lead roles and having Sharpay Evans lose the lead role. She also appeared in the second film, where she maintained her romance with Troy and got a job at a country club, she reunites with Troy, after the breakup. In High School Musical 3: Senior Year, she considers to take classes at a local university for a year and goes to Standford and drops out of the school musical. Troy eventually drives to Standford and the two share an intimate prom of their own and Troy tells Gabriella to return to East High for the opening night for the musical and graduation as the begin their last prom dance. She didn't appear in High School Musical 4, but was mentioned by Sharpay in Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. She is played by Vanessa Hudgens.