Selena Gomez on Shooting ‘Spring Breakers’: “It was completely liberating”

Selena-Gomez-Spring-BreakersSelena Gomez is no longer the innocent Disney star from The Wizards of Waverly Place.  In her new film, Spring Breakers, Gomez is proving she’s grown up quite a bit.

“When I auditioned for Harmony [Korine, writer/director], we talked about how he wanted to leave my lifestyle behind and have me go on this adventure with him,” she said in an interview with Yahoo! News.  “I knew it was going to be crazy, but I was comfortable with it.”

The process of making the film was a lot different from her micro-managed days as a Disney princess.  In the film, Gomez portrays an out-of-control college student on spring break that gets mixed up with some shady characters (like one named Alien, played by James Franco.)  Plus, she spends virtually the entire movie in a skimpy bikini.

“It was completely liberating,” Gomez noted regarding the making of the film.  “[Up until this film], everything I’ve been a part of definitely has been a bit more processed, like how many pieces of jewelry I have on, what my hair looks like.  With Harmony, I never wore makeup and he never cared about my hair.”

The entire shooting experience was very different from Gomez’s other roles in movies like Ramona and Beezus and Monte Carlo.  “This was the first movie I shot by myself without my mom coming,” the 20-year-old said.  “It was the first time I got to improvise as much as I have.  And to work with someone like James Franco, it was the first time I was around someone of that acting caliber.  Harmony believed in me and pushed me to be a better actor, so there’s a special place in my heart for Harmony for sure.”

Gomez is still cautious about her transition into a more adult actress because of the young ages of her fans. Although most of her followers won’t be able to get into the rated-R movie, she’s still aware that she’s a role model for many.

“It’s a very awkward transition to make,” she said.  “I want to challenge myself and [my choices] may not be appropriate for a young audience.  I’m choosing movies that I feel are artistically fun and creative.  I hope people are appreciative of the work I do.  I feel like I’m doing the best I can and hopefully it works out.”

Although Gomez is taking this step forward in her career, she’s not just going to be focused on movie projects.  “I’m actually taking a complete turn now and going in to music,” she said.  “My album comes out this summer and I’ll be touring.  I always structure my music and tours in a way that is geared for my fans and supporters that have been there from the beginning.  My music is definitely the kind I would want them to hear.”

Spring Breakers is currently playing in theaters everywhere.

1 Comment

  1. Bryan Edward Avis via Facebook

    March 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I guess liberating for some means turning pumpkins into whores!

Leave a Reply
‘The Tick’ Star Griffin Newman on Acting in a Superhero Suit
"You very quickly realize there’s a certain iconography and a power to wearing one of these suits." - Griffin Newman
Why Idris Elba Believes His “best performance is yet to come”
"There was a time when I was a job actor and I didn’t know what I wanted to learn from it – I just wanted to get paid." - Idris Elba
Frances McDormand on “Being the Other” Actress
McDormand talks about her unique approach to her career and uses her latest acclaimed role as an example.
J.B. Smoove Tells the Story of His Audition For ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
"You don't know how the universe is gonna work for us. But all this plays a part in our journey" - JB Smoove
Watch: Denzel Washington Explains Why He Passed on a Role Early in His Career
Washington explains why he turned down a role -- and how it worked out for the best.