If you need any more proof that Vanessa Hudgens has left East High School far, far behind, look no further than the upcoming Harmony Korine-directed film "Spring Breakers," in which the former Disney darling plays one of four vacationing friends who fall in with a big, bad hustler named Alien.
Beyond the rampant drug use and grisly violence, Vanessa finds herself in a particularly steamy moment with co-stars James Franco and Ashley Benson—a scene she was apprehensive about even before filming started.
"The thing I was most scared of was the sex scene and the nudity issue behind all of it," Vanessa told MTV News recently.
But the actress had plenty of help from her director when it came to filming the threesome, set in a backyard pool.
"Harmony is so amazing, though," she said. "He's so supportive, and he let me know it was going to be OK, and at the end of the day, if there's something I don't like, we can snip it out of there. So there were like a few little portions that I was like, 'Can we please get rid of that?' But it was like a great compromise. I think that it turns out really beautiful and artistic."
While she was comfortable using the words "beautiful" and "artistic" to describe the scene, the word "fun" didn't come quite so easily for Vanessa.
"It was just kind of like, 'This is crazy! This is happening!'" she recalled. "Hallelujah for Ashley, and the fact that it was a pool kind of made it a lot of fun. I was like, 'Peace out for a second. I'm going to swim around.' But it was just great. Everybody was comforting. They wanted to let me know that it was going to be OK and that I'm safe."
"Spring Breakers" opens in New York and L.A. on Friday, going wide March 22.
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