“I auditioned for it five times,” the “Wolves” singer, 25, recently told Billboard. “I didn’t have the greatest confidence a few times and they passed on me, but it turned out that they didn’t find anyone, so I auditioned one more time and gave it my all. I do feel like I earned it.”
She also went on to explain how much she cherished the experience of working on the film — especially since at the time she was recovering from surgery after getting a kidney transplant.
“It was a great experience for me,” she continued. “In acting and in film, you’re around a much more stable community. I say that delicately because we all have our stuff, but it was very supportive. It really opened me up, and I needed that after the surgery. There can be so much noise and chaos around everyone’s daily life, and it was really great that when we stepped on-set, it was just about that.”
Gomez also revealed that the movie was “a step in the direction I want to go in [with acting].” “I’ve begun spending time with [independent filmmakers] the Safdie brothers, too, who are incredible,” she added.
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But when asked about whether she considered Allen’s past before she signed on to work with the controversial director, Gomez wasn’t sure what to say.
“To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer — not because I’m trying to back away from it,” she said. “[The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.’ ”
Allen has long faced controversy over allegations he sexually assaulted his adopted daughter with ex Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow, which he has consistently denied.
However, Gomez did say that as more women speak out against sexual misconduct that she “definitely feel[s] hopeful.”
“As people speak out, I hope that feels powerful to them, because they deserve to feel that. I’m fortunate enough not to have experienced some of the traumatic things that other women have had to go through. I’ve known people in my family who’ve gone through those things. I try to let people come to me and open up, to make a safe environment for them to do so,” she added.
Hours after announcing she underwent surgery this summer due to complications stemming from her lupus diagnosis, Gomez was spotted on the set of the film in New York City.
The movie opens in 2018.