Vanessa Hudgens Talks Playing Three Characters in 'The Princess Switch' Sequel and Teases Third Film

The actress also opened up about what’s to come for the third installment to 'The Princess Switch' franchise.

Vanessa Hudgens had to take on triple duty for the sequel to Netflix’s 2018 holiday rom-com, The Princess Switch.

The original film, based on Mark Twain's 1881 novel The Prince and the Pauper, features Hudgens in a dual role. In the film she portrays Stacy DeNovo, a baker from Chicago who enters her business in a prestigious baking competition in the Kingdom of Belgravia, as well as Lady Margaret Delacourt, a Duchess from the land of Montenaro. Once the two women discover they look like twins, they hatch a Christmastime plan to trade places.

But if playing two characters in the same film seems difficult, for the new film Hudgens had to portray an additional character. Hudgens spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about tackling the different characters, nailing that British accent and what’s in store for The Princess Switch 3. 

In The Princess Switch: Switched Again, Margaret and Stacy reunite and formulate a plan to switch places once again in order to save Margaret’s relationship with Kevin. However, a third look-alike, Margaret's evil cousin Lady Fiona, throws a wrench in the plan and disguises herself as Margaret in a scheme to steal the throne.

Hudgens called juggling three roles "a really good exercise on my creativity."

Though Fiona's accent was inspired by an accent Hudgens "put on for fun" for her own entertainment, the actress admits s that she actually had a harder time with Margaret's accent over Lady Fiona’s. "It was Margaret’s that is the most work because there is nothing worse than a bad RP (received pronunciation) accent," she said. "And shoutout to my dialect coach who’s with me on set making sure that everything is cohesive."

As to whether she took inspiration from any real life royal, Hudgens admitted "a bit here and there."

"At the end of the day the thing that I loved so much about this is it's my interpretation of what royalty is and then bringing in all these different other characters who are completely different people as well."

Though the sequel is now available to stream, a third film in the Princess Switch franchise is already in the works. Hudgens is signed on to executive produce the new installment, which is set to premiere in November 2021. But Hudgens emphasizes that taking on a fourth lookalike character will not be added to the new film.

"I am not even gonna entertain that idea but it will be another fun and exciting and entertaining whimsical ride," she says.

With The Princess Switch: Switched Again premiering just in time for the holidays, Hudgens admits that Halloween does take the cake as her favorite holiday. However, Hudgens revealed she started her own Christmas tradition a few years back to help get into the holiday spirit.

"I was starting a tradition myself a few years ago where I hired a pianist and she bought little booklets of Christmas songs and we would all just sit around the piano and basically scream sing these songs which was so great because it's not about who’s a good singer. It's just about that Christmas spirit and joy and ultimately just about being together," she says.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again is now streaming on Netflix. Watch the video above for more.