It was only a matter of time until Disney Channel star Selena Gomez sought an outlet to separate herself from a lifetime of work on children’s programming. Gomez unveiled that project, the hotly-anticipated and racy party film “Spring Breakers”, this past Sunday at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
Gomez and co-stars Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and James Franco attended the premiere, which opened to mostly positive reviews, their co-star Vanessa Hudgens was missing from the event. The cast and director Harmony Korine also attended a panel following the screening where they answered questions about the film and their roles where they revealed that none of them had ever attended a college spring break trip.
Korine also shot a few scenes in hotel rooms with real students during their spring break vacations. All of their and his cast’s reactions during these scenes are completely real, natural and unscripted.
Spring Breakers: Selena Gomez stars in racy film
“Spring Breakers” is the latest from controversial director Korine and stars Gomez, Hudgens, Benson and Rachel Korine (Harmony Korine’s wife). The story centers around the girls’ desire to escape the monotony of their college lives by robbing a convenience store in order to fund their trip to spring break in Florida.
Chaos ensues, however, after they are arrested and are then bailed out by a drug dealer Alien, portrayed by Franco. He takes the girls under his wing and their spring break spirals into an orgy of drugs, sex and violence that tests the limits of how far they’re willing to go for the ultimate trip.
Korine is no stranger to controversy thanks to his past films such as “Kids”, “Gummo”, and “Julien Donkey-Boy”, all films that have explored mature subject matter. Unsurprisingly, his selection of Selena Gomez in a lead role caused a huge stir in Hollywood.
Gomez made her acting debut on Barney & Friends and is famous for her work on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana and Wizards Of Waverly Place, as well as for her music career with teen-bop band Selena Gomez & The Scene and her own solo career. Her film credits include “Hotel Transylvania”, “Ramona & Beezus”, and “Horton Hears A Who”, among many others.
Check out Selena Gomez’s latest film “Spring Breakers” in theaters March 22.