Selena Gomez says doing Spring Breakers was her mom’s idea

Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine’s 90-minute Girls Gone Wild music video, is currently tearing up the specialty box office in advance of its wider release, earning $90,000 per theater in New York and LA over the weekend. While it’s pretty obvious why Harmony Korine would want wholesome-famous Disney babes to star in his extended riff on naughty coed psuedo-porn, it’s little less obvious why those Disney babes would agree. In Selena Gomez’s case, she tells E! News, her mom urged her to do it. And if you’re a young actress coming up in Hollywood, you should definitely listen to your crazy stage mom. I let my mom determine all my career decisions too, but only because I live in her basement.

“I wasn’t scared. I definitely wanted to do this,” Gomez told reporters of deciding to shed her wholesome Disney image. “I thought it would be a great opportunity for me, and Harmony [Korine, the director] explained the movie perfectly and that’s the reason why [I chose to do the film].”

“I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into but while we were there, it was incredible to create and to play and it was liberating,” she continued at the Saturday, March 16 press junket.

But Gomez told E! News that despite any uncertainty she had initially, her mother was always one of her biggest supporters.

“She loves this kind of vibe,” she said. “She’s super into indie movies and indie directors … I think it was more of her pushing me and being like, you should go for it.” [USWeekly/ENews]

Whoa whoa whoa, slow down, you mean to tell me that a former child actress who started doing Disney Channel shows when she was 12 has a mom who pushes her into possibly-exploitive career decisions?? I can only express my reaction to this news .gifficly.

I just don’t know how to process this information. Selena Gomez’s mom’s name, incidentally, is “Mandy Teefey.”