‘Spring Breakers’ Cast Remembers Excitement, Tears At Venice Premiere

In the months leading up to the release of “Spring Breakers,” we’ve seen everything from set photos to jailhouse monologues that suggest that this movie is going to be something completely different—not just for us, but for the pretty young things who stepped out of their comfort zone to make a film that’s bound to raise a few eyebrows. And when we got the stars to sit down for an interview, they were all still just the slightest bit shell-shocked by the standing ovation their movie got after its first outing at the Venice Film Festival.

“It is nerve-wracking, because we’ve just stripped ourselves down and it’s so raw and bare and real, and the fact that they received it so well is such an accomplishment,” Vanessa Hudgens said. “You watch the movie and your stomach is literally in knots, and it’s just amazing that you can push an audience so far to feel something.”

Selena Gomez, who was making the biggest leap into the extremely adult territory of “Spring Breakers” after ending a stint on the Disney Channel, echoed her co-star’s thoughts: “After my show ended, going from that to this was an extreme. But it was so incredibly liberating and something that I was so proud of, and I learned a lot,” she said. “And it was just a great experience.”

And while the sexy and sordid plot of the film might have been more familiar territory for pretty little liar Ashley Benson, she said that she’d never expected the reception they got in Venice—or her own emotional response to the finished product.

“Seeing it for the first time with an audience was such an amazing feeling,” she said. “I had a tear come down, right when the credits rolled. What made it for me was seeing the reaction the audience had.”

Alas, the rest of us non-Venice-Film-Festival-attending mortals have to wait until later this year to see the movie in theaters—but if you want a sneak peek at the action of “Spring Breakers,” then make sure you’re right here on Thursday morning, because we’ve got the EXCLUSIVE hookup! Direct your browser to MTV.com at 7:00 a.m. for the online debut of the trailer, then again during primetime on MTV.

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