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Gomez: Franco helped me cope

Selena Gomez has paid tribute to her Spring Breakers co-star James Franco for his unwavering support during a highly charged emotional scene in the film.

The 20-year-old actress and the 34-year-old Oz the Great and Powerful actor star alongside each other in the coming of age dramatic comedy.

At one point Selena was trembling after a highly charged scene.

Luckily, James soothed Selena, sweetly holding her hand before the take began.

"I was shaking,” she told MTV News.

“We only did the scene three times, but I was shaking at the end.

"And I remember James just gave me a big hug and he was like, 'You did it. You were amazing.' I was so exhausted and the whole day was such a stressful day for me that it was great.”

Selena and James co-star with Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens in the movie about a group of college girls who get into trouble after funding their spring break with a crime spree.

James’s show of support was even more helpful, as Selena terrifyingly found out moments before the take from director Harmony Korine that the scene would rely largely on improvisation.

"He goes, ‘He's going to convince you to stay with the girls.' and I go, 'OK, well, what do I say? Am I sad? Am I mad? Am I scared?' And he goes, 'Sure.' And I was like, 'Well, wait a minute!’ “ Selena recalled.

“And that scene was absolutely intense and so real because I had no idea that that was going to happen, and James was so brilliant in it."

The role in the adult-themed movie was a departure for Selena, who made her name in Disney show The Wizards of Waverly Place.

Although she challenged herself in the film, the star admitted she was left exhausted after the confrontational scene with James.

"It was just my job to kind of give it back to him, but there was a point where I couldn't handle it anymore,” she confessed.

“It was like I was going head-to-head, and I bowed down. It was too intense.”

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