Getaway Gomez (31238)

“I’m a terrible driver. I am really, really bad,” declared tween star Selena Gomez. The bold statement was unexpected and charming.

What she was actually referring to was the fact that she follows the speed limit in Los Angeles, which most natives don’t do. To drive safely and lawfully is indeed daring in Hollywood.

Equally as daring is acting opposite an Academy Award-nominated actor (Ethan Hawke) and trying to cut your cinematic teeth while confined to a fast-moving Mustang.

In the acting department, Gomez was a pleasant surprise. She handled the hairpin turns of the dialogue, which were cleverly interwoven with the action, like a strong contender. In time, I suspect, she’s going to develop into a solid thespian.

You can pull up Gomez’s career history with a simple Google search. On television, she is best known for her work in “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Most tweens know her as a pop-singing sensation.

Her film credits include the controversial “Spring Breakers,” which was her introduction to the edgy, grown-up world. The film bug has firmly bitten Gomez, and she recently completed “Behaving Badly” and “Rudderless” with Laurence Fishburne.

Oh, and her best friend is Taylor Swift, and Gomez use to date fellow tween sensation Justin Bieber.

What’s most striking about meeting Gomez in person is her poise. She appears much wiser than her age, as if she has noticed the collateral damage early stardom can do and is planning a different life course. TMZ will not be thrilled.

I’m not a gambling man, but I strongly feel that Gomez is laying the groundwork to become a media titan. Here’s what I learned from Gomez on driving in a Shelby, working with Hawke and acting in Courtney Solomon’s “Getaway.”

AmNews: Your character is called “the kid,” a mix of snark, privilege and tech savvy. Did you expect the tricked-out Mustang to be the star of “Getaway?”

Gomez: No. I’ve never done a movie like this before, so I thought it would be challenging and fun for me, especially since all the car stunts were real instead of effects. And they were awesome 1/2 the whole experience was.

I did a triple-check when I discovered the facts about the car stunts. Were you ever scared [because] as you stated, the majority of the car chases are real?

Oh my god, yes, at first. You felt every bump, every turn in that car. We did so little green screen, and when we finally had to do some pivotal close-ups, Ethan and I were so used to going 70 mph, we laughed at the four to six big guys trying to rock the Shelby to give it the same effect.

Ethan is one of the best of the best. Were you intimidated? Your scenes were all shot inside the vehicle; that’s mighty close.

No. Yes, at first, maybe a little. His character [Brent] is intense. In the beginning, my character is very harsh with him and hard to get along with. But they spend all this time with each other in the car, so they’re obviously going to get to know a lot about each other, whether they want to or not.

Indeed. So this leads me to my final question. Music vs. acting: Do you have a preference, or are you going to pursue both?

Well, acting. I’ve made a big, big decision to focus on this part of my career, and that’s what I am going to do for the next few years. I’m ready.

Well, you read it here, New York. Gomez is coming at you in theaters in a supped up, custom-made Shelby GT500 Super Snake at 100 mph. Get ready to “Getaway.” For more information, visit