Selena Gomez: “I want to be taking myself seriously as an actress”

Selena Gomez Vanessa Hudgens

The above photo arrives courtesy of the June issue of Interview Magazine and features (from left to right) Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine (wife of Harmony), and Vanessa Hudgens in their bikini uniforms for Spring Breakers. I’m going to be perfectly honest here and just say that this movie sounds like a terrible idea for most parties involved. Of course, it sounds like a great idea for the movie’s director and writer (or is it auteur?), Harmony Korine — who is best known for writing the controversial Kids and whose last feature film directorial effort was called Trash Humpers — because he got to spend spring break this year filming former Disney girls in bikinis while they frolicked alongside thousands of actual spring breakers in St. Petersburg, Florida. Likewise, this movie was an undoubtedly wonderful experience for James Franco, who got to dress up like K-Fed, hang out with Selena and Vanessa in bikinis, and call it AAART. Of course, I’m not concerned about Vanessa, who has plans of her own for surviving Hollywood.

Selena Gomez is another matter altogether. Other than dating Justin Bieber, the girl has a spotless record without a wisp of scandal. In fact, Selena herself is so aware of her own halo that she signed onto Spring Breakers in an effort to shed her Disney shell. Now she’s also told Interview that this movie — which includes Selena & Co. robbing a bank while wearing bikinis, getting bailed out of jail by K-Fed Franco, and doing lots of drugs in the aftermath — is part of her plan to become a serious actress. Here are some excerpts from Selena and the rest of the Spring Breakers cast and crew, which just happens to include …. Heidi Bivens? This is getting so weird:

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Harmony Korine, director/writer: “When I wrote the script, I started thinking about girls in bikinis with guns, wearing ski masks. I was like, ‘Where would you see that?’ And the idea of spring break came to me. I just started imagining girls on spring break robbing places. I liked the idea of the film as a social experiment. It was like there were two movies–the actual movie, and then the one that the media, paparazzi, and the people tweeting photos were also creating.”

James Franco, K-Fed imitator: “When Harmony told me who he was going to cast, I thought it was perfect for so many reasons. The young actresses are so excited to do a movie like this with someone like Harmony. They were so eager and enthusiastic to be a part of it.”

Selena Gomez, Disney chick: “I was getting kind of repetitive in terms of the roles I was picking, and I really wanted to do something that was completely different. It was a mark thing for me–like, ‘This is what I want to be doing.’ I want to be taking myself seriously as an actress, and this was definitely a stretch. I mean, I’d never smoked a cigarette before in my entire life. It was really funny–they had to show me how to do it.”

Ashley Benson, actress: “Harmony wanted to break us all out of the good-girl mold. For Selena, Vanessa, and me, our audience is all in their teens or younger, so they’re not even going to be able to see this when it comes out–it’s not appropriate.”

Heidi Bivens, costume designer: “I had to keep in mind where these girls are from: a small town in the South. What they were wearing at school had to be stuff they could find where they were living. And then when they come to spring break, it changes, because they’re able to shop in St. Petersburg. The most challenging for me were the ski masks that the girls wear. They’re supposed to glow fluorescent, but there aren’t any ski masks I could find that were the color we needed in the daylight and that would glow under black light, so I had to start experimenting with dyes. I probably went through 20 different dyes to find the right one.”

[From Interview]

Should I be surprised that Heidi Bivens is the costume designer on this movie? I guess not because even cinematic bikinis don’t just appear out of nowhere. Bikinis and ski masks. Aces.

Back to Selena though and her desire to branch out from “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” Disney pop music, and her feature films thus far, Princess Protection Program and Monte Carlo, both of which were so sugar-coated that I spontaneously developed a few cavities while (unwillingly) watching them. If Selena really wanted to spread her proverbial wings as an actress, couldn’t she at least have gone for a gritty little indie drama that didn’t feature her boobs and butt ahead of her potential talent? Spring Breakers looks like many things, but it does not look like a means to becoming a “serious actress.” For what it’s worth, Selena has also accepted a cameo role in an upcoming Eli Roth-produced film (Aftershock) as well.

Selena Gomez Vanessa Hudgens

Selena Gomez Vanessa Hudgens

Selena Gomez Vanessa Hudgens

Photos courtesy of Interview Mag

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  1. Jennifer says:

    All these manufactured by Disney child stars are the biggest curse of today’s showbiz. They can sing, they can dance but they can’t act. They have flat personalities and no charisma. Just go away and stop waste my time.

  2. RocketMerry says:

    Good luck with that, Selena.

    “The young actresses are so excited to do a movie like this with someone like Harmony. They were so eager and enthusiastic to be a part of it”
    I love James Franco to pieces (I know, I know… shameful)but… does that sound kinda creepy to anybody else? Weird wording.

    • poppy says:

      franco’s comment was disturbingly creepy, especially after korine’s comment.
      hmmm, how can i get paid to objectify young girls, er, make a movie with girls in bikinis with ski masks?
      seriously, seems he came up with the idea while fapping.
      and some nasty turd decided it would be a great idea to produce this, a film where teenager girls run around half naked but keep their heads and faces covered? and they get abducted by lethal force? and how hard up are these girls to willingly play into all this stereo-typical bs for PR? “i’m so young and pure they had to teach me how to smoke a cigarette” bat eyelashes, giggle.
      yeah, he was totally fapping when he “created” this film.
      i need to take a shower now. gross.

      • Snow says:


        This! Exactly. And it’s no mistake “Kids” was centered around the chauvanists rather than the women. Would not be surprised if it was (attitude-wise) autobiographical. Here’s what Bell Hooks, a feminist & media critic had to say about Kids:

        It’s also laughable that a Harmony Korine film is a vehicle for “serious” actresses considering the contempt he displayed for them in Chloe Sevingy’s New Yorker profile for Kids. A quote for your reading pleasure:

        “Harmony couldn’t stand the first actress cast, an actual professional, who apparently looked like an actress amid all the street kids. ‘I hated her!’ Harmony shouts. ‘I wanted to punch her.’”

  3. lucy2 says:

    Time to take a new approach, Selena. WWDFD – what would Dakota Fanning do. (Hint: Not this movie).

  4. Yes, this film will do wonders towards getting her taken seriously as an actress.

    I think my eyes just got stuck from rolling them so hard.

  5. flan says:

    It never ends well when young celebrities want to shed their clean image. See Britney Spears for instance, who also once thought she would be taken more seriously by shedding clothes.

  6. marie says:

    honestly, until she loses those cheeks-I won’t be able to see her as anything other than a sweet, innocent kid.. and I’m willing to bet that this movie isn’t a stretch for anyone’s acting skills.

  7. Alexis says:

    Stop doing soft pr0n movies like Spring Breakers if you want to be a real actress.

    Hilary Duff had more of a chance of being taken seriously than this chick.

    Selena’s best best would be to follow the pre-crash Lindsay Lohan path. Mean Girls is basically the ideal breakout flick. It’s smart, allows you to show a little range and opens you up to better stuff, but isn’t a jarring transition from Disney pop tart. But I don’t think it’s gonna happen.

  8. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    So they’re supposed to have been abducted? Looks like they are enjoying those (extremely disturbing) guns to the head. Sickening.

    And we don’t want to see underage runway models strutting their under-eating, under-dressed stuff on catwalks and mags, but scrawny, breast-baring teens posing for soft porn pix for movie publicity is OK? Whatever convinces you you’re evolving into serious actresses, girls. Just because you’re not under Disney’s thumb anymore doesn’t mean little girls aren’t still looking. Oh, and grown up pervs are now, too.

  9. Shay Kay says:

    My daughter and I went to see “Monte Carlo” and it was cute. Of course, my daughter is 8 years old so Selena is clearly wanting to appeal to an older audience…an older male audience who appreciate her for her …acting skills ..yeah, that’s it.
    Seriously, I really like Selena and I’d like to think she’d know better than to equate “semi-dressed role” with “mature, adult role.”Well I’d like to think it but now unfortunately I can’t.

  10. Fyofeelings says:

    She actually said that with a straight face while promoting this movie?! *rolls eyes* Child please!

  11. Dhavy says:

    Wasn’t this concept covered before with that Mira Sorvino movie of the cheerleaders robbing a bank? I bet even that movie is more watchable than this

  12. Dee Cee says:

    Not a good start agreeing to act in this flaky demeaning to females film babe..

  13. weak says:

    First Selena, learn how to ACT, then take yourself seriously.

  14. B says:

    These are supposed to be college girls? They all look 15.

  15. jover says:

    I agree jennifer but i would add without autotune and massive studio engineering they can’t sing and their dancing is ordinary – this is what happens when money and fame trump the development of real talent. Those photos are a pedophiles delight.

  16. debunker says:

    Hudgens and Gomez might be household names in the teen market but Ashley Benson really steals the show in these pictures. Very pretty and banging body.

  17. Isabel says:

    If you want to be taken seriously, then don’t date a 12year old female-looking wannabe-gangster. That’s a start. Now buy some talent.

    And don’t do shitty movies like these, were your body is more important than talent and smoking a cigarette is considered acting. Go for an indie movie or something with a real storyline.

  18. Gretchen says:

    What a fu–ing creative geniuis, chicks in bikinis with guns AND with masks too! Awesome, not only is that the least creative plot line outside of actual p0rnt it literally makes them faceless bikini bod sex objects.

    So this is what diversifying your CV looks like to ex Disney stars? Will someone please sit all of these girls down for a little Feminism 101?

    Also, Lucy2 I love your WWDFD!

  19. Maria_Spain says:

    you don´t do this kind of trash to be taking seriously,come on girl…keep singing and dating you she-boy ;)

  20. Laura says:

    I really liked the film Kids, it was gritty, had plot twists, and ‘kept it real’ in that it wasn’t too ridiculous or unbelievable. This seems to be the total opposite, and I doubt it’ll do well cos teenage boys would rather download it and ‘watch’ it ‘in private’…

  21. Courtney says:

    All I can say is WTF?!

  22. ryan says:

    How old is Harmony Korine’s wife?! She looks like an over-developed 14 year old.

  23. jules says:

    Selena Gomez….a serious actress???. Well, if I may, I’ll give you some advice; tell your agent tostart sending you scripts from indie directors like Debra Granik, Patty Jenkins, Katherine Bigelow. Study the performances(rent their films or go watch the films that are currently playing in theaters) of fine actresses like Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan, Rooney Mara, Emma Stone for starters and learn from them. Even if it’s a supporting role in a good film with talented people surrounding you, it will be a great learning experience. Above all….seek out QUALITY.

  24. rkintn says:

    It would really be nice if one of this girls would realize it really isn’t a bad thing to be considered a good girl. My 11yo daughter LOVES Selena and, up until today, I felt she was a pretty good role model. After this movie, Selena probably won’t be as welcome in our household anymore.

  25. reet says:

    Selena always acted as a positive role model for young ladies. This is just so WRONG!!! As you have always told younger people Selena – believe in yourself and be proud of who you are!!! Don’t try to change for others – you are who are and that should be enough for anyone! Yes it’s good to aspire to greater things but the important word here is GREATER!!! Don’t do things that will destroy your career in acting before it even starts. So disappointed:(

  26. judgefree says:

    No one on this site even paid attention to the directors quote. He said there is a movie in a movie. The one he is making and the one the press is portraying. I think we should all wait to see what this turns out to be before we all *roll eyes* at an interview. Korine has never delivered a embarrassing film at the magnitude you are all shaming this to. It is a risk for everyone involved. I respect the people in the game not the critics, especially critics who haven’t seen the final product. Everyone seems to be proud of being a part of this, they wouldn’t be if it was crap?

  27. Andi says:

    Pictures speak a thousand words! All these Disney stars go from being innocent into turning themselves as sluts. Is “creating” yourself and trying to be a better actress by doing slutty work? No i don’t think so. Get some real talent first of all then we can talk about it. All the classic movies in the old days was all about talent and the actress knew how to act not by merely showing off their bodies.

  28. gum says:

    are these girls old enough to pose sexy? It looks like they are promoting pedophilia,they’re so young why they think they look sexy.I think along with vogue all should condemn underager girls posing as sexy.

  29. gum says:

    selena actually wants to turn into a slutty girl and she used to be a cute girl.

  30. Taylor says:

    I don’t think that this is a good role for Selena. I get that she wants to be taken seriously, but I think this role is a bit out there for her.

  31. dom says:

    selena looks like a little girl and she will always and she does not have a sexy body she is just too skinny! no curves no butt or boobs! time to get some girl and even with that i can’t take her seriously she will always sound and look like a 12 year old