Selena Gomez felt like a ''badass'' holding a gun in 'Getaway'.
The actress-and-singer stars alongside Ethan Hawke in the new action thriller and found it exciting learning how to shoot a pistol.
She said: ''[Director] Courtney [Solomon] wanted me to figure it out on my own because I was supposed to be a young kid and not a professional at that. I did learn how to hold it properly but I was scared, it was the weirdest thing. I felt like a badass, so that was cool.''
Gomez, 21, plays the lead female role in the movie and admits it was daunting to take on such a pivotal part, but she credits her co-star and director for supporting her.
She told Collider.com: ''I was actually nervous but what helped was, Courtney and Ethan and myself, we actually got to rehearse a lot. So he made me feel comfortable instantly every time and I have, still, heaps of notes that he would say out loud and I'd just write them all down - whatever Courtney or Ethan would say. By the time we got to set, I was really comfortable and they were great.''
The former child star also revealed she has been looking for more grown up roles in Hollywood since breaking away from Disney TV show 'The Wizards of Waverly Place' and was keen to make an action movie.
She added: ''I've been wanting to do different things, starting with 'Spring Breakers', and doing some other fun roles. I wanted to do an action movie, so the opportunity to be a tomboy who knows about all this stuff that I don't know about ... I got to dye my hair black; I asked Courtney if I could dye it black. And just getting an opportunity to be someone else.''