Selena Wanted A Dark & Painful Role

This songstress may need a stress ball or a lot more black liquid eyeliner, since it sounds like she's totally comfortable in a dark place. Which kinda makes sense? After all, Selena Gomez is a former Disney star who can now legally drink and wear sexy jumpsuits without judgment. Even though Gomez has never blatantly acted out like many of her Disney peers, her role in the indie film Rudderless , premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, may be her way of saying, "I am woman, hear me roar."

"I'm just drawn to this kind of stuff," Gomez says to E! at Sundance. "There's a sense of freedom that I'm given in the indie world where I can just go and play and be a part of a really great cast. These crews, they really love what they're doing. That's just fun to be able to step into."

Gomez plays Kate, the girlfriend of a boy who passed away, and must cope with his grieving father, played by Billy Crudup. She was on set for only eight days, but made her time count.

"It's pretty dark. She's in a lot of pain," says Gomez. "She's angry... I find myself comfortable in that stuff — I don't know what that says about me. It's a good contrast to what I am all the time and being on tour and all that life."

What it says about Selena is that she's a young woman living out her twenties with an awesome balance of fun and seductive pop music and cool, poignant roles in films. Spring Breakers , anyone? Oh, and it also says that she used to date Justin Bieber and that may have also made her a teeeeeny bit frustrated. It's ok, she's hanging out with William H. Macy at Sundance... and the Biebs apparently has a carton of eggs.

Let it out, Sel-Go. Let it out.