Selena Gomez has insisted she is not trying to strip herself of her good girl image by starring in controversial director Harmony Korine's new movie Spring Breakers.
The 20-year-old actress has garnered a legion of young fans from her Disney TV show The Wizards Of Waverly Place, tweenie movies and her pop career. But her new R-rated movie, co-starring Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco, is about a group of girls who rob a diner to fund a wild holiday, and contains scenes of drug-taking, violence and sex.
Selena said: "I don't think it was me getting rid of any sort of image.
"I think I had an incredible four years as part of Disney. It was my family, it was the reason that I got to do everything that I loved. But at the same time, I'm now wanting to do what I really love, which is acting, and becoming somebody else and escaping my reality and putting myself into these kind of movies."
She added: "I do specific things in my career that are tailored for a specific audience. Obviously I have a younger generation that looks at me - and I really appreciate that. And I just did an animated movie, so I want to respect that and still do things that will earn me that respect.
"But I also want to do things that challenge me and put me out of my element."
And after shooting the film on location in Florida, Selena thinks she'd had her share of living on the wild side.
She said: "None of the girls or I have ever experienced Spring Break before. And I think we experienced the craziest one we could ever have, and we got it out of our system!"
:: Spring Breakers is in cinemas now.