A lot has changed for Selena Gomez since she decided to take a break from music more than a year ago. Onscreen, she has gone from Disney star to spring break partier, and offscreen, she has become a tabloid fixture.
And Selena has also changed in a really major way: She's grown up.
On Tuesday (May 7), during "MTV First: Selena Gomez," the pop star premiered her "Come & Get It" music video, showing off a confident and sultry side. Embracing the world-music feel of the song, Selena confronts the elements and makes it almost impossible for someone to deny her request to "come and get it."
But even though Selena is exuding womanhood in this new clip, that doesn't mean she wasn't a little anxious to premiere her first video in well over a year.
"I'm nervous," Gomez admitted. "I'm excited, though I honestly feel like it's the best video that I've done and I got to work with great people on it. It looks beautiful, the wardrobe looks great. It was fun for me to have a little more creative control over it."
Teaming up with director Anthony Mandler, who most recently directed Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" video, the two collectively worked to bring the Bhangra beat of "Come & Get it" to life.
"When I got the concept from Anthony, the director, it was perfect, because he did an earth, fire, wind water feel, and it was very, as he called it, 'earthy,' " Gomez said. "And I loved that, because I feel that's what the track represents, and I like that we applied it."
Shooting the video wasn't as easy as Gomez had hoped, especially the fire scene, which was reminiscent of her MTV Movie Awards performance last month. "It was hard because each setup, there were parts I absolutely loved about it, but when we did that fire thing, you would think I'd be hot, but I was freezing," Gomez revealed. "I was so cold, I was shaking as I was doing my dance moves."
But Gomez would stop at nothing to make sure this video was exactly what she wanted, and she hopes her Selenators appreciate this new direction she's taking. "I wanted to make it almost look like a film, so I've been applying that since taking a break from music to do movies," Gomez said. "It's been really fun, so hopefully they will kind of get the cinematography of it and they will like my outfits."