Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and, to a lesser extent, Ashley Benson break out of their squeaky clean child star images in "Spring Breakers" playing three of four college students whose spring break in Florida takes them from parties to jail and a criminal underworld. (The fourth is played by writer-director Harmony Korine's wife, Rachel.) Best known for their roles in Disney Channel or ABC Family shows, the 20somethings have talked about transitioning into more adult roles.
Career: Started on the pre-school show "Barney & Friends" and spent her teen years in "The Wizards of Waverly Place" on the Disney Channel.
On doing "Spring Breakers" (via Reuters):
"It was completely liberating. [Up until this film] everything I've been a part of definitely has been a bit more processed, like how many pieces of jewelry I have on, what my hair looks like. With Harmony, I never wore makeup and he never cared about my hair. ... I feel like I did grow up shooting this. This was the first movie I shot by myself without my mom coming."
Career: Stars in ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" and previously "Days of Our Lives"
On her decision to star in "Spring Breakers" (via Seventeen):
"We all came from a Disney background, and this was different from anything we've done. But we wanted to prove that we're not just girls who play happy parts. It was such a crazy experience and it was character-building. I'm so proud of all of us. I'm really, really excited for everybody to see it."
Career: Famous for her role in the "High School Musical" films on Disney Channel
On what she would say to critics who feel "Spring Breakers" exploits her (via Vulture):
"It's a movie. This is such a special film, and I know it's a project I'm so proud of. And I think that's what's so special about this, is that it's shaking people up. It's forcing people to have an experience. It's not something you can easily brush off. So whether they love it or they hate it, at least I got to make them feel something."
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