Extraordinarily beautiful and academically gifted, Gabriella is constantly examining what she wants for herself. In contrast to Troy, whose main concern about auditioning for a musical is how his friends will react, her main concern is how it will affect her as an individual. She tends to be shy and private about her feelings and prefers not to be in the spotlight. Her main tool for making decisions seems to revolve around what she wants for herself independently. Though she doesn’t like to be the center of attention, Gabriella’s shyness seems to dissipate when she loses herself in a song and lets herself live in the moment. She urges Troy to enjoy the present rather than worry about the future in the second film. In Season 2, her selfness is shown by her reluctance to think about the future and lose the joys the present has brought her. She seems happiest when enjoying the current moment, whether it’s dancing with Troy on the school roof or taking funny pictures for the yearbook.
Though thinking about the future tends to bring her down, she realizes that she can’t run away from it forever. She has the ability to intuitively read Troy and his motives, and she develops a clearer insight of what she wants for herself throughout the two seasons. The interaction between her and her best friend Taylor, a dominant academic genius, particularly in the second season, best demonstrates her inferior self. She finds it hard to make decisions concerning college and such, it makes it difficult for her to be decisive and give practical factors higher priority than personal factors. Taylor scolds her for wanting to give up the opportunity to go to Stanford early so that she can be with Troy, whom she sees as clouding Gabriella’s judgment. Nonetheless, she is shown to be an excellent student with good organizational skills and self-reliance.
Personality and Traits
Gabriella is very kind, sweet and charming. She doesn't mind helping others. Gabriella is not the kind of girl who gives into peer pressure (usually), as shown whenever Sharpay look for sabotage. Gabriella may come off as shy at first but once you open up to her, she's very outgoing and encouraging as well. Though her emotions get to the best of her, that doesn't change her a bit. Gabriella does not wish to be "used" or "deceived" as well as any other typical teenage girl would.