Although this isn’t his first rodeo, former “High School Musical” star Zac Efron is growing up with his latest pic “Neighbors” — a hard R-rated raunchy comedy. Efron officially broke away from his Disney tethers in 2012 with Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy.” Nicole Kidman’s character pees on Efron in one infamous scene. The controversial film also included a graphic sex scene with Kidman and John Cusack, and another in which Kidman simulates an orgasm in a crowded prison meeting room. Efron went nude in another R role earlier this year while planking on a toilet in “That Awkward Moment.”
Selena Gomez in “Spring Breakers”
Disney darlings Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens took off their mouse ears (among other things) for “Spring Breakers.” For Gomez, accepting the racy role in Harmony Korine’s lurid tale was part of her strategy to move into more adult-oriented fare. The raunchy film, which Gomez shot right after ending “Wizards of Waverly Place,” follows four college girls (including ABC Family star Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) who are arrested for robbing a restaurant to fund their spring vacation. James Franco’s drug dealer character bails them out only to introduce them to a world of sex and violence.
Vanessa Hudgens in “Thirteen” and “Spring Breakers”
Even though she caused a stir with her role as a scantily clad Spring Breaker, Vanessa Hudgens made her first R-rated movie before her Disney days. Hudgens had a small role in Catherine Hardwicke’s directorial debut about a 13-year-old (Evan Rachel Wood) who gets lost in the world of drugs, sex and petty crime. She played a much more scandalous character in “Spring Breakers,” which included a wet and wild threesome in a pool with Benson and Franco.
Ryan Gosling in “The Believer”
Ryan Gosling’s career skyrocketed after two years on the Mickey Mouse Club. He took his first R-rated role in 2002, playing a Jewish neo-Nazi in the drama “The Believer.” But he made more of a splash (and earned an Oscar nom) four years later in “Half Nelson” as an inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug addiction. Gosling has since contributed to director Nicolas Winding Refn’s blood-soaked filmography.
Anne Hathaway in “Havoc”
Anne Hathaway proved that she was a Disney princess no more in Barbara Kopple’s 2005 crime drama “Havoc.” After now-famous nude scenes in the pic (including an orgy with Bijou Phillips), she went on to disrobe in “Brokeback Mountain,” “Rachel Getting Married” and “Love & Other Drugs.” What would Julie Andrews say?
Lindsay Lohan in “Chapter 27”
Right before Lindsay Lohan became a Hollywood wild child, she took on her first R-role opposite Jared Leto in the 2007 crime drama “Chapter 27.” Lohan appears in a few scenes as a John Lennon fan in the biopic about the Beatle’s assassination. The child star pushed the envelope even wider by taking a spin as a stripper that same year in “I Know Who Killed Me.” After several rehab stints, she made her less-than-triumphant bigscreen return with nude scenes in Bret Easton Ellis’ “The Canyons.”
Hilary Duff in “What Goes Up”
Unlike her peers, Hilary Duff has managed to maintain a relatively squeaky clean image far after her Disney days (“Lizzie McGuire” went off the air 10 years ago). Duff starred as a teenage misfit in Jonathan Glatzer’s 2009 drama “What Goes Up.” Her character tried to lure a much older Steve Coogan by taking a dip in a pool in front of him.
Justin Timberlake in “Alpha Dog”
Justin Timberlake’s bigscreen debut also marked his first R-rated pic. He went dark for the role of a tattooed wannabe gangster in the crime movie “Alpha Dog” – inspired by the antics of Jesse James Hollywood. Timberlake has since appeared in several R pics, including “Friends with Benefits,” “Bad Teacher” and “Runner Runner.” It’s safe to say that his Mouseketeer and boy band days are far behind him.
Shia LaBeouf in “Constantine”
Before entirely erasing his Disney days from popular memory with “Nymphomaniac,” Shia LaBeouf crossed the R-rated line in 2005’s “Constantine.” LaBeouf played Constantine’s (Keanu Reeves) driver and student who had a strong interest in the occult. Although his costar Stacy Martin has since denied it, LaBeouf said he had real sex in “Nymphomaniac.” The former “Even Stevens” star also dropped acid to get into character for his role in the upcoming mob movie “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.”
Keri Russell in “8 Days a Week”
The third Mouseketeer on this list dropped her good girl image in “Eight Days a Week” before regaining it on the TV show “Felicity.” Russell plays the sexy girl-next-door who becomes the object of her neighbor’s infatuation. Her current role as a Soviet KGB agent on FX’s “The Americans” is her raciest to date.
Another “High School Musical” star, another R movie. Ashley Tisdale just completed the rom-com “A Many Splintered Thing” opposite Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan. Although she only has a small role in the movie about unrequited love, this is sure to be the first of many to come. Like Gomez and Hudgens’, her bubblegum pop music has also gotten edgier.