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What Stefanie Scott says about showing masturbation in films is spot on

Disney star Stefanie Scott is all grown up and owning her sexuality

Former Disney star Stefanie Scott is pushing her sexual boundaries in her new film I.T. in a major way, but she isn't afraid of the public's reaction at all.

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"I think there are boundaries I'm willing to push to see how far I'll take it, which I've been experimenting a lot more with now in films," Scott told SheKnows. "That's just the point that I'm at right now in my life as well as a late teen. I think it's something I'm willing to explore a lot more, and I have been. It's really exciting because I think it's a very sensitive subject for a lot of people, and I think that it's kind of exciting to be a part of talking about and seeing how people react to things. I'm not really one to get scared wondering about what people are going to think. I kind of think it's exciting being a little different and maybe a little edgier."

I.T. is definitely edgier. In the film, Scott plays the daughter of successful businessman Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) and attracts the attention of tech psychopath Ed Porter, leading to some scary circumstances for the family. It includes multiple sexual situations, including a masturbation scene for Scott.

But as Scott told us, if it were a guy doing the same scene, it wouldn't be as big of a deal. She's hoping that she can help other teens by letting them know they're normal.

"I think it's on the train of being more accepted in film, especially for girls," she explained.

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"I think it's pretty cool to do that and show that stuff like that is normal," Scott added. "It also has to do with showing more life on screen instead of life in movies mimicking what life should be like. It's making things more real."

Scott hopes to keep finding roles that push her emotionally and physically.

"For me, each role that I take on, I really look at it as what's going to be a challenge and what's going to help me discover something new within myself, you know, rather than doing the same thing, because I don't really think I can progress and grow by doing the same thing," she said. "It's really important to push the lines and really see what you're capable of, emotionally especially."

But when it comes to her personal life, Scott likes to keep that to herself. She said she can definitely relate to the scary aspects of technology that I.T. portrays.

"I definitely treasure so many moments of my life that people will never know about. I am my own person that a lot of people never truly get to know because I do treasure so many things in my life that are very personal, so I don't want the whole world to know about it, like dating and love and life experience."

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Check out I.T. in theaters now.

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