Even though pop star Selena Gomez warned her teen fans not to check out her first foray into R-rated movie territory, Spring Breakers, there were plenty of young’uns at the Ryerson Theatre earlier tonight as she was on hand to promote the film at the Toronto International Film Festival.
And even though the conventional wisdom might have been that they were also there to catch a glimpse of her beau, Canadian singing sensation Justin Bieber, the most vocal of her fans were strictly there for ‘Sel.’
“I’m a way bigger Selena fan,” 17-year-old Jennifer said.
Gomez plays Faith in the Harmony Korine-directed film alongside Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine as a quartet of co-eds who rob a coffee shop and then hook up with a budding gangster (played by James Franco) while on spring break.
To say things devolve from there is, er, an understatement.
“Brit is a complicated girl,” Benson said summarizing her character, as Gomez, Hudgens (who flashed peace signs with her fans) and Skrillex (who scores the film), worked the red carpet.
Gomez’ other co-stars, the ATL Twins (Sidney and Thurman Sewell), whose teeth were covered in metal, described their characters (co-horts of Franco’s) with one line: “We play real scumbags.”
Franco, minus the cornrows he sports in the film, made a reverse entrance on the red carpet (perhaps a TIFF first), coming out to greet fans from inside the theatre.
Meanwhile, Gomez, perhaps forgetting for a minute that many of the people on hand won’t be able to see the film when it hits theatres next spring, happily continued signing autographs and posing for fan photos.
That’ll suffice until her next trip into PG-13 territory.
Spring Breakers screens again Sunday, September 9 at 3 PM Bloor Hot Docs Cinema; Friday, September 14 at 9 PM Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.