Three tween stars are breaking out of their good girl personas and appearing in much racier roles. Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez along with Pretty Little Liars‘ Ashley Benson and High School Musical‘s Vanessa Hudgens are changing their image in the new movie Spring Breakers.
Spring Breakers features every parent’s worst nightmare for their child’s Spring break. Four girls rob a restaurant to pay for their trip to Miami and find themselves in debt to a gun and drug dealer named Alien, played by James Franco. The movie features excessive drinking and drug use in bikinis.
“At the end of the day we’re proud of this movie. We really are. And the decision we made we stand by and we love it.” -Selena Gomez
However, will the new racy image pay off for these young stars despite their sparkling clean reputations? We’ve seen young Disney stars pull this stunt in the past. Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera all traded in their mouse ears for a much sexier reputation with much success. In fact, most childhood stars who either refuse to turn into sex symbols or don’t have the looks for it tend to be forgotten when they mature, such as Molly Ringwald and Macaulay Culkin.
Do you think these new naughty images will pay off for these young stars? Or do you think they’ll take too much heat from the enraged moms of young girls to keep their fandom alive?