Selena Gomez, singer and personable star of The Wizards of Waverly Place - and yeah, the girlfriend of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber - is continuing a transition to movie star. Her new film, 'Spring Breakers', shows her in new, and darker, light.
While obviously wanting film fans to see 'Spring Breakers' Gomez herself, who has long spoken of her gratitude and care for her young teenage, and tweenage, fans, is telling the younger ones to stay away from it.
“I wrote a message on my social networking sites to them, saying kids my age - my generation - I think that they should see it because it’s very real, we’re not really sugar-coating anything," Gomez said at a press conference at the Toronto film fest where the movie debuts. "(But) I put underneath, it’s rated R, so please don’t see it if you’re under 18."
Selena Gomez: Grateful to young fans
Along with Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine and Ashley Benson, Gomez plays one of 4 college girls on spring break who do some nasty things, a robbery, drugs and...okay, we won't spoil the plot, but things that her characters haven't done before; James Franco is also in the film as a guy named 'Alien' who helps to lead them even further astray. It's sure to be an eye-opener for those you know her only for her sugar sweet singing career and great turn as the wonderfully kind and funny Alex Russo in Wizards, which ran for five seasons.
It is of course unusual for a star to suggest some fans stay away from a film they are in but it's in line with the kind of person she's presented herself to be. The departure she's made in 'Spring Breakers' is clearly something she's thought about and she knew stretching her comfort zone would not be easy for those who follow her career to accept, either.
“The biggest challenge for me is that I do have a younger generation of fans that support me and that mean a lot to me,” said Gomez. “Plus, I think it’s hard for people to take me seriously in that way because of the brand that I’ve been given, which I’m grateful for, but, you know, people obviously (put) you in this little box.”
The film opened at the TIFF Friday and plays twice more there. It does not open commercially in North America until the New Year.