Vanessa Hudgens says being a Broadway star is a ''hustle''.

The 26-year-old actress is playing the leading role in the musical 'Gigi' and has likened the ''tough'' job to that of a sports star.

She said: ''I'm realising now that being on Broadway is like being an athlete.

''You have to take such good care of yourself, your body, your vocal chords, just everything because it's tough. It's definitely a hustle.''

Despite finding it challenging, Vanessa - who found fame starring in Disney film 'High School Musical' - couldn't be happier about playing such an ''empowering'' character.

She added: ''It's such an iconic part and it's such a powerful part as well. I think that it's a role that women, as well as young women, need in this day and age.

''I think it's going to be really empowering. I've got some really good footsteps to follow behind. I'm just so excited. I love this part and I love this play so much.''

And Vanessa, who has starred in a number of blockbuster films, has admitted she feels ''most comfortable'' on the Broadway stage.

She added to Entertainment Tonight!: ''I love theatre and I love musicals.

''I feel like this is where I feel most comfortable.''