Selena Gomez Embraces Role Model Status, Racy New Role

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Selena Gomez is no longer a Disney actress. That will become especially apparent in early 2013 when Spring Breakers hits theaters.

In the film - which Selena described as "racy" this week in a radio interview with Elvis Duran - Selena joins a bikini-clad Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson as young women who get in trouble with the law, only to then get bailed out by a drug dealer and forced to do some of his dirty work.

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"The movie is different," Gomez said in that same interview. "I will be 20 this year. I am an actress; I love my job. I want to do things that are gonna challenge me and push me and make me think, 'Oh, this is different, this is interesting, the script's great.' Harmony [Korine], the director is amazing and I got to work with a great cast, so it is what it is."

Included in that cast is James Franco.

"He's great. He's very smart. I was completely intimidated," Gomez said of the former Oscar nominee. "He gave me things that pushed my performance. I really, really appreciated it."

Selena also appreciates her fans, as well as her status of a role model. She says she embraces it.

"In some aspects I've given that title and I take full responsibility for it," Selena said. "I worked for Disney Channel. My show was the best thing that happened to me.

"I got to have a great fan-base. There were girls, who were my age, 16, when I started and now they're 19, 20, with me so we kind of grew up together. So in a way, some of my fans have already grown with me."

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Selena Gomez Biography

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Selena Gomez is a Disney Channel star. She appears on the hit show Wizards of Waverly Place and is considered by many fans to be "the... More »
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Full Name
Selena Marie Gomez

Selena Gomez Quotes

I'm not going to be a solo artist. I want to be in a band with four other guys.

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I'm kind of lame. I prefer quiet evenings at home, hanging out with my family.

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