Updated: September 29, 2013 6:18AM
Selena Gomez is growing up. Just don’t blame her for it.
“Doing grown-up film roles is not me breaking out of anything,” says the 21-year-old star of the aptly titled “The Getaway” (opening Friday). “It’s just about me being passionate about the acting roles that I choose to do.”
Gomez seems passionate about everything she does — and she does it all. The former star of Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” now is a chart-topping singer, acts in movies and even has her own clothing line.
In “The Getaway,” she joins Ethan Hawke in the story of a man who must follow specific orders to save his kidnapped wife.
It’s not your usual Gomez happy-go-lucky teen role. But she says her fans want to see her do more.
“I really do sit down and think, ‘What do the fans want? What will they like?’ My fans mean so much to me,” says Gomez. “I think they’re really waiting to see what else I can do as an actress. They want to see me jump into characters that have real issues.”
She knows that some of her movies won’t be suitable for her young fans. After starring in this year’s R-rated “Spring Breakers,” Gomez has come to terms with that.
“Some of my younger fans couldn’t see ‘Spring Breakers,’ ” she says. “I know that certain films won’t be suitable for that generation. It’s hard because I don’t want to leave them out.
“But I also want older audiences to take me seriously, which isn’t always easy. I have this brand that I’ve been given, which I’m thankful for. But having people put you in this little box makes it hard to get the older roles. I want to do all sorts of acting roles that are right for me.”
Gomez has figured out one thing: Keep her private life private. Don’t mention her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber, because she doesn’t want to get into it.
But she’ll talk about being Selena offscreen. “When I’m home, you’ll usually find me sleeping,” she says with a giggle. “My life is pretty exhausting, so during my free time, I turn off the phone and catch up on my sleep.”
“I’m pretty normal. I like to hang out with my friends. Get a meal. Just watch a movie.
“It might sound boring, but it sounds great to me.”
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