Selena Gomez: I do what makes me happy
Selena Gomez insists she didn't take a controversial movie role to try to change her image.
"Acting has always been my priority and if I am not pushing myself I'm not growing," she said.
The actress recently starred in Spring Breakers, where four friends end up in prison after robbing a restaurant to fund their summer holiday.
"I was aching for something that would be creative and artsy," she told Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw.
She added: "You know [it was] really different for me. I wish all my movies were like that."
The film, released in the UK in April, also features strong language, nudity and drug use.
"I get that it's started a little bit of controversy which is understandable but at the end of a day it's a character," she said.
The 20-year-old rose to fame as a teenager when she landed a role in Wizards of Waverly Place.
Gomez quickly became a star and also launched a music career.
"The bigger you get the more people are going to try and bring you down," she said. "I'm just trying to do what makes me happy."
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