Vanessa Hudgens is looking forward, not backward.
Despite the seemingly annual leak of nude photos of her that took place last month, the 22-year-old tells the L.A. Times she refuses to let it get her down.
"It's just silly because I'm a very present person, and that's so in the past," she said. "The fact that somebody keeps bringing up the past is just selfish."
Vanessa Hudgens: Scandal-prone, but serene.
"I mean, it sucks. I already released a statement the first time it happened. It's just unfortunate that it keeps reminding people about the past, not the present."
Hudgens credits The Four Agreements, a self-help book penned by a New Age spiritualist, for helping her overcome the latest racy photo scandal.
"It has honestly changed me, almost," Hudgens said. "You really have to stay strong, because times get tough. Especially in this business.""It's a dog-eat-dog world. There's so many amazing actresses who got taken advantage of. A lot of women get walked all over on by not standing up for themselves, and that's just not what I'm about," she continued.
"I'm figuring myself out now as a young adult more than I ever have. It's like my eyes are opening and I'm awakening to controlling my future."
Vanessa has met with the FBI over the pics' release.
Despite the unauthorized release of the photos, the Sucker Punch actress said she isn't afraid to flaunt her gorgeous figure in risque costumes on film.
"A woman's body is a beautiful thing," the ex-girlfriend of Zac Efron reasoned. "There's no reason we shouldn't, like, be our best in our costumes."