‘Spring Breakers’ Cast Share How They Prepped For Their Girls-Gone-Wild Roles

AHEM. Yo, “From Justin to Kelly”? I’m really happy for you, and I’mma let you finish, but “Spring Breakersis the best spring break movie of all time.


So say we all, in the final 48 hours before Harmony Korine’s candy-colored teenage dreamgirls come charging into theaters nationwide with bikinis on and handguns at the ready. And when we sat down with the cast to chat about their soon-to-be-released new project, MTV News’ Josh Horowitz wanted to know: How did the four fine leading ladies of “Spring Breakers” prepare to capture the ultimate spring break experience on film?

According to Selena Gomez, the director had them doing their homework right up until the day of shooting.

“For us, he would send us pictures of real spring breakers, because he actually went to Florida and experienced spring break when he wrote the script,” she explained. And apart from perfecting the art of booty-shaking, shot-taking and mistmatched bikini-wearing, Selena says that the girls’ most important task was bonding with each other.

“We had to become best friends,” she said, adding, “which was really easy.”

So for the two weeks before shooting began, the girls spent every day together—eating, drinking, shopping, going to the beach and occasionally babysitting Rachel Korine’s daughter, Lefty Bell…but, shockingly, not running drugs or robbing any diners.

“We definitely did the opposite of what we do in the movie,” Selena laughed.

And of course, we can’t talk about spring break without talking about MTV; not to take all the credit or anything, but we are more or less solely responsible for making it the phenomenon it is. (Just sayin’.) Selena replied, “It is a big American thing that’s a part of our culture. I think it’s cool that we get to have a fun, dangerous, cool take on it.”

And Rachel, who said that she remembers all too well the classic Spring Break specials that aired on MTV back in the day, summed it up thusly:

“I think the movie is like an ode to the wet T-shirt contest.”

The wet T-shirt contest is dead. Long live the wet T-shirt contest!

Do you think that “Spring Breakers” is going to be the greatest spring break movie ever made?