Updated: Thursday, 31 May 2012, 9:43 AM EDT
Published : Thursday, 31 May 2012, 9:43 AM EDT
(EndPlay Staff Reports) - Selena Gomez showed her wild side in a new photo spread for Interview magazine.
The former "Wizards of Waverly Place" star donned a brightly colored bikini along with her co-stars from her new movie "Spring Breakers" â" one of them being fellow Disney darling Vanessa Hudgens.
"Spring Breakers" marks a new kind of role for Gomez, but the 19-year-old actress was ready to take on a role that showed she was serious about acting, she said in Interview magazine's June issue .
"I was getting kind of repetitive in terms of the roles I was picking, and I really wanted to do something that was completely different. It was a mark thing for me â" like, 'This is what I want to be doing.' I want to be taking myself seriously as an actress, and this was definitely a stretch," Gomez explained.
So much of a stretch, that the clean-cut Gomez, who is dating Justin Bieber, had to have someone teach her how to hold and smoke a cigarette.
"I mean, I'd never smoked a cigarette before in my entire life. It was really funny â" they had to show me how to do it," Gomez admitted.
The movie, directed by "Kids" director, Harmony Korine, is about a group of girls who rob a bank in order to fund their spring break trip. They end up in jail and are bailed out by a drug dealer, played by James Franco.
There has been plenty of talk about the film. During the filming this past March, photos from the movie set showed up online â" free publicity that Korine appreciated.
"I liked the idea of the film as a social experiment. It was like there were two movies â" the actual movie, and then the one that the media, paparazzi, and the people tweeting photos were also creating," Korine said.
"Spring Breakers" previewed a three minute clip at Cannes, but will not be coming out until next year, the Daily Mail reported.