Selena Gomez is growing up, one small step at a time.
The Disney Channel starlet — and girlfriend to pop sensation Justin Bieber — stars in the upcoming film “Monte Carlo,” alongside Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy. A sweet, teen-centric romance set in Europe, Gomez’s character gets mistaken for a spoiled celebrity, and then whisked away on the trip of a lifetime.
Of course, it’s not so simple, and boys get involved, rounding out the film’s coming of age blueprint. It’s a step toward breaking away from her teen niche; in another non-Disney role, Gomez featured in “Beezus and Ramona” last year.