Vanessa Hudgens Talks ‘Spring Breakers’ in Glamour South Africa

August 22, 2012

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Vanessa Hudgens has joined forces with Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and James Franco for their new movie Spring Breakers, and its definitely something different from these current/former teen queens.

Vanessa recently chatted with Glamour South Africa all about the challenging role. Check out some highlights.

Vanessa, in Spring Breakers things get completely out of hand, to the point where you even end up robbing people! Not really a role anybody would expect from you…
Vanessa: I’ve been recently doing a few projects that are darker, deeper and heavier. Reading these situations in the movie where our characters rob people, which has such a harsh and hard element, was something that I just liked. I felt like I would be in my element and as though I’ve had a taste of it. It’s so much fun and I wanted more of it. My character seems like the one who, even though she’s bad-ass and tough and hard, still has a sweet, fun side underneath it all. She’s like a bubbling little girl, who is just so excited about everything. I feel as though that’s partly who I am: Under these deep, dark, and heavy characters I’m inside of myself just jumping for joy at the fun that I’m having.

Was anybody already attached to the project when you first heard of it?
James Franco was already attached and I’m such a big fan of his. I’m such a believer in putting things out in the universe, and eventually if you want it bad enough it all happens. So for months I was saying, “I need to work with James Franco, I want to work with James Franco,” over and over again and when this came up I thought, “Shut up, we need to make this happen!”

Did sharing the screen with him live up to your expectations?
I love him so much! He’s so ridiculously amazing! I’m really just like in awe and blown away. He creates these strong, fully developed characters with so much depth and background. He loves taking risks, he’s not afraid to take a scene and turn it into what he wants and he comes to set extremely prepared. He really did a lot of work on his character and really commits. I just love him.

You built your fan base as the star of Disney’s High School Musical. Are you afraid that your fans might be a bit shocked when they see you in such an explicit part?
I always wanted to do things that are completely different. I want people to watch movies and think, “Wow, that was Vanessa Hudgens?” My younger fans, of course, are not going to be able to watch this film. I try to put it out there that you need to do what makes you happy. You can’t worry about what everybody else thinks, because there are always going to be haters. You have to do things for yourself, not for anybody else. I am doing this movie for myself and I think the people who are genuinely my fans are really going to enjoy it.

Not only the film is very explicit but also the costumes. I hear you barely ever wear more than a bikini…
It’s really like pop art. All our costumes are so bright and in-your-face with a lot of fun graphics that contradict the way that we act. It’s a funny spin on how youth nowadays can be doing things that are really crazy, but yet they are so pure. It’s such a present-mind frame to just not think about the future and this is how our characters act. They just don’t think about the future – they are just doing what they feel is right.

Did you know any of the other girls before?
I actually used to go to acting class with Ashley Benson, when I was 15 or 16. We were in the same class, but we never really became friends. Our paths in life had been completely different. We just never really got to know each other at all. And it’s so funny now, coming back to that and being able to go back and really dig into each other’s past. It’s a small world.

Do you think this movie will draw a more mature audience than all the actresses generally have?
I think kids are much smarter these days. They’re neither blind nor oblivious to what goes on at college and high-school. They’re probably going to see things regardless – your parents can tell you no, but doesn’t that make you want to go see it more? (Laughs) It’s fun (the movie), it’s crazy, it’s so vivid and alive!I can’t wait to see it.

Read the full interview here.

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