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By Dana Flax

In this week's issue of PARADE, cover gal Vanessa Hudgens dishes on her musical inspiration, her protective measures against the paps and how she may be construed as one of those "smother with love" types. Hey, she could do much worse. Read a few excerpts from the article below, and then click here to see the rest of the exclusive coverage (no nudie shots; sorry, boys).

Her answer to all those who choose to sip coolly on that Haterade:

"I'm extremely guarded. I really do try to watch everything I say. Because one little tiny slip, and it's like the world is coming to an end! It is hard. I do always have a wall up. But I feel by doing it, I keep myself safe. I try to live my life, do what I want, and just let everything else follow along. I try not to read the blogs or what people say about me. Because that's what brings everybody down -- no matter what you do, you're always going to have haters."

She's not afraid of anything. She may pay a lot for electricity, but she's not afraid:

"It's weird living by myself. I thought I'd be the person who, every time I hear a little noise, would hide under my bed. But I've fallen in love with my home. When I'm in there, I feel safe. I don't think I've gotten scared once -- knock on wood -- in my house by myself. Then again, I do sleep with the TV on so that I don't hear all the little clinks and clanks at night!"

On smothering her mother with love (watch out, Zac):

"I got her fired once. I was calling her at work way too much, because I missed her. Back then, I was so shy, I did not want to leave her side. I would call her at work nonstop, to the point where she got fired. It was horrible."

Is that Cousin It? Nope, just Vanessa, hiding from the paparazzi:

"I keep my head down. Usually I'll run around in hoodies, and I've got this massive head of hair, and I throw it all in my face so that nobody can see me."

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