With the dark teen road-movie ‘Spring Breakers’ set for unveiling at the Venice Film Festival, Selena Gomez is acting the sexy women she is and staring us down in the process. Harmony Korine, writer of 90’s shocker ‘Kids’ and director of the brilliant ‘Gummo’ (winner of the Critics Prize at Venice in 1997) and ‘Julien and Donkey Boy’ teams up with Gomez in a film that challenges our perceptions of beauty, innocence and corruption.
Written and directed by one of cinema’s most creative and challenging directors of the last two decades allegedly wrote this dark comedy in only 10 days. Spring Breakers stars Gomez as a one of four college girls who robs a petrol station to fund their spring break vacation and end up in jail. They get bailed-out by a shady drug and arms dealer played by James Franco, but the price is that he wants them to do some dirty work.
It seems this could be mutually beneficial partnership between Korine and Gomez. Selena gets to work with one of the few auteurs of our time giving her a dark and multi-dimensional character to really work with, while Korine gets to scale back the ferocity of his vision and create something milder that could be his ticket to the mainstream and a whole new generation of film goers. With Selena Gomez he’s got plenty to work with, she’s simply hot stuff at the moment and Swide explains why.
All grown up
The one-time squeaky-clean Disney princess is now a self-assured woman and she’s determined to be seen that way. She’s got the looks, the curves and the colouring, she’s got a deeply desirable Latin beauty and with her new film she shakes off the shackles of her perceived youthful innocence and plays the bad-girl role with relish. While a certain fellow Disney princess had to shave her hair off and throw a year-long wobbly for people to see her as a grown-up, Selena has done it effortlessly and confidently.
Don’t mess with Selena
She’s half of power pop couple Gomez/Bieber with a combined net worth of over $115 million, ok most of that is Mr. Bieber's, so she knows which side her bread is buttered on, but Selena is a self-made woman. From fragrances to clothing line her entrepreneurial spirit has scene her establish a business empire. She’s the supremo in her own production company ‘July Moon Productions’ which has partnered with ‘XYZ Film’s to provide star vehicles for Gomez. He’s a go-getter, not content to wait for others to do the casting for her, she’s making it happen, which points to a woman on the way to the very top of the pile in Hollywood. Kneel before Gomez.
She knows how to party
Ever since the notoriously hedonistic spring break became part of every young American’s coming-of-age, we’ve often thought about crashing one of these parties. I mean tequila, and pool parties … what’s not to like? Now Selena has experienced that world, albeit, through the lens of a camera, she can show us how it’s done.
She’s a bad girl now but she’s actually really good
Not just a pretty face but enough warmth in her heart to melt the polar ice caps – she owns no less than six rescue dogs, she works for UNICEF, has raised money for St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, raised awareness for the plight of children in the Congo, and is involved projects that aim to help safeguard the environment and women’s rights. She was recently named as ambassador for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which works to improve the lives of seriously ill children. We love you Selena.
She’s got talent to beat the band
She recently put her band ‘The Scene’ on permanent hiatus but that doesn’t mean we won’t see another Selena Gomez song in the charts. She’s from a Disney all singing, all dancing background and that’s given her the grounding in bread and butter entertainment skills that she can always fall back on. She’s concentrating on her film career right now and it’s not a matter of if she becomes a global super star, she already is. With ‘Spring Breakers’ she’s shown that she’s ready to stretch herself in challenging roles in edgy indie productions. What Selena wants, Selena gets and it’s clear bubblegum-sweet success of box-office boomers won’t do, she’s looking for industry kudos and recognition as a serious actor.