Dis­ney girl gone wild

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES -

WATCH out Brit­ney Spears, Lind­say Lo­han and Mi­ley Cyrus. Se­lena Gomez has stepped up as the next Dis­ney girl gone wild – at least on screen – in the so­cio­pathic movie Spring Break­ers.

Gomez warned any younger fans who might want to see the film by US di­rec­tor Har­mony Korine, in which the bikini- clad ac­tresses rob tourists on Florida beaches, ‘‘ don’t see it’’.

At the same time, the 20- year- old ( in­set) de­fended her choice to star in the de­lib­er­ately trashy film, which in­cludes nu­dity and les­bian frol­ick­ing, as her first foray into grown- up film­mak­ing.

‘‘ It’s hard for peo­ple to take me se­ri­ously [ in a highly sex­u­alised and vi­o­lent adult role] given the brand I’ve been given, which I’m thank­ful for, but . . . peo­ple ob­vi­ously put you in this lit­tle box,’’ she said at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, where the movie de­buted re­cently.

Gomez says the role ‘‘ is not nec­es­sar­ily break­ing out of any­thing. It’s just me do­ing some­thing that I re­ally want to do. I’m su­per- pas­sion­ate about the act­ing part of what I do and I just want to do stuff for me some­times’’.

The one- time Dis­ney dar­ling ac­knowl­edged it was a big risk. ‘‘ I do have a younger gen­er­a­tion of fans who sup­port me and mean a lot to me. Ev­ery­thing I do is for them. So when I took on this movie I knew it wouldn’t be very suit­able for that gen­er­a­tion.’’

Gomez was dis­cov­ered by the Dis­ney Chan­nel in a US- wide tal­ent search in 2004, and went on to launch a singing ca­reer and a cloth­ing line. How­ever, she is best known for her role in the Emmy Award- win­ning tele­vi­sion se­ries Wizards of Waverly Place and for dat­ing pop icon Justin Bieber.

On her so­cial net­work­ing site, Gomez urged young adults to see Spring Break­ers be­cause ‘‘ it is very real, it’s not su­gar coated’’. But be­cause the film is rated R in the US, mean­ing any­one un­der 17 can­not at­tend with­out su­per­vi­sion, ‘‘ this movie is not for my lit­tlies’’.

The plot re­volves around four he­do­nis­tic girls ( played by Gomez, fel­low Dis­ney alumna Vanessa Hud­gens, Ash­ley Ben­son and Rachel Korine, the di­rec­tor’s wife) who go to Florida for their univer­sity spring break to binge on drink, drugs and flesh.

Their for­tunes take a turn for the worse when they are ar­rested and bailed by James Franco’s creepy gold- toothed gang­ster char­ac­ter, Alien.

Be­cause Gomez, Hud­gens and the rest of the cast have been work­ing much of their young lives, they missed out on North Amer­ica’s an­nual March pil­grim­age to Fort Laud­erdale, Florida, and other beach hot spots for tequi­la­fu­elled par­ties, sun­bathing and sex.

Ben­son noted ex­tras in the film ac­tu­ally were on their spring break.

‘‘ It was in­sane. It def­i­nitely felt like I was on spring break,’’ she said.

Franco quipped: ‘‘ All these thick- neck jock dudes [ were] try­ing to rub up on them all the time, try­ing to grind on Se­lena. It was pretty awe­some.’’

The ac­tress con­fessed that, for the film, Korine ‘‘ got us to do things I didn’t even think I was able to do . . . for ex­am­ple, I never be­lieved I could smoke a bong’’.

The ar­tic­u­late young woman laughed when Korine told re­porters he had hid­den all of the ‘‘ crazy art­work’’ in his house be­fore au­di­tion­ing Gomez in his liv­ing room, say­ing ‘‘ I didn’t want to spook her’’. Gomez com­mented, hint­ing at the real girl be­hind the care­fully crafted im­age of Amer­ica’s sweet­heart.

‘‘ He thought I was like this su­per, su­per Chris­tian. And he put away all of this art.

‘‘ I was like, ‘ if I was a Chris­tian girl I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have done this movie with him’.’’

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