Disney girl gone wild
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’.’’