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Selena Marie Gomez is a young American actress, singer, and businesswoman, best known for starring Alex Russo in Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place. Later she focused on feature films and has played various roles in such movies as Another Cinderella Story, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, Princess Protection Program, and Monte Carlo.
As for her music career, Gomez is the lead singer and founder of the pop band Selena Gomez and the Scene, which has released two studio albums, Kiss and Tell and A Year Without Rain and created two mega popular singles, Naturally and Who Says. Despite her young age, Selena Gomez is a great philanthropist – since 2008 Gomez is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Since late 2010 Selena has been dating the Canadian hyper popular singer Justin Bieber.
Selena Gomez was born on July 22, 1992in Grand Prairie, Texas to ex stage actress Mandy Dawn Teefey and Ricardo Joel Gomez. Selena’s father is from Mexico, but her mother is of part Italian descent. Gomez commented on her Hispanic heritage: “My family does have Quinceañeras, and we go to the communion church. We do everything that’s Catholic, but we don’t really have anything traditional except go to the park and have barbecues on Sundays after church.” Her parents divorced in 1997, and she was up-brought by her mother. Nine years later, in 2006, Selena’s mother Mandy married Brian Teefey. Selena Gomez given her name after Tejano singer Selena, who passed away two years later Gomez’s birth. Selena told that she developed an early interest in acting from observing her mother getting ready for her stage performances. Selena didn’t attend school; she earned a high school diploma in May 2010 by homeschooling.
2002–06: Barney and Friends and early work
Selena Gomez began her acting career very early – at age seven, portraying Gianna on Barney and Friends. Later she had minor roles in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the TV film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire. Gomez also had role in the television movie Brain Zapped.
In 2004, Gomez’s talent was discovered by the Disney Channel in a USA-wide casting. Gomez appeared as a guest star on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and had a guest acting, which later turned into a permanent role, on Hannah Montana seasons 2 to 3. Gomez also starred in two different pilot projects that were spin-offs to two famous Disney series. The first one, What’s Stevie Thinking?, was the spin-off to Lizzie McGuire. Selena Gomez played Stevie Sanchez, Miranda Sanchez’s little sister. The other show was titled Arwin!, the spin-off to The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, in which she had the role of Alexa. Still, neither of these were confirmed to be aired.
|2002–2003||Barney & Friends||Gianna||Recurring role|
|2006||Brain Zapped||Emily Grace Garcia||Unsold pilot|
|2006||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Gwen||“A Midsummer’s Nightmare” (Season 2, episode 22)|
|2007–2008||Hannah Montana||Mikayla||“I Want You to Want Me… to Go to Florida” (Season 2, episode 13)
“That’s What Friends Are For?” (Season 2, episode 18)
“(We’re So Sorry) Uncle Earl” (Season 2, episode 22) (uncredited)
|2007–present||Wizards of Waverly Place||Alex Russo||Lead role|
|2009||The Suite Life on Deck||Alex Russo||“Double-Crossed” (Season 1, episode 21)|
|2009||Herself||“Battle of the Networks’ Stars” (Season 1, episode 13)|
|2011||So Random!||Herself||Musical guest singing “Who Says”|
Wizards of Waverly Place
In the beginning of 2007 Gomez was chosen for the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place for portraying Alex Russo, one of three main characters. The series was shown to about 6 million audiences and become a hit at once. Many news issues began calling Selena Gomez the next Miley Cyrus inducing some controversy and a reported feud. Gomez commented this situation and underlined that there was no feud and that she was fawned by the comparison, saying:
It’s a little overwhelming, but I think really, it’s a compliment. She’s obviously extremely successful, and I think she’s a wonderful performer … So being compared to her, I was very, very flattered.”
In 2008, Gomez starred with Drew Seeley in Another Cinderella Story, sequel to the 2004 film with Hillary Duff. Also she had a minor role as one the Mayor’s daughters in Horton Hears a Who! which was showed in March of that year. In April, 2008, Lacey Rose of Forbes put Selena Gomez as being fifth on their Eight Hot Kid Stars To Watch list claiming Gomez as being “a multitalented teen”.
In February 2009, Gomez signed on to star as one of the two female leads in Ramona and Beezus, a film based on the children’s novel series by Beverly Cleary. Gomez stated that she felt all rights taking more serious roles:
I think I’m fully aware of my audience and I’m still just a kid myself. I wouldn’t do a role I don’t feel comfortable doing or that my audience wouldn’t feel comfortable seeing.”
In June 2009, Gomez appeared as herself in episode Battle of The Network Stars of her best friend Demi Lovato’s Disney Channel television show, Sonny with a Chance. The same month Gomez appeared with Lovato in the Disney Channel movie, Princess Protection Program. With 8.5 million viewers , the show became the third most watched Disney Channel Original Movie. One month later, Gomez, alongside with two cast members of Wizards of Waverly Place appeared in a television mixture episode with Hannah Montana and The Suite Life on Deck, under the title Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana.
Selena Gomez starred in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, a made-for-television film based on the show in August 2009. The film was shown to 11.4 million viewers and became channel’s number one movie of 2009 and Disney Channel’s second most popular film premiere after High School Musical 2. In 2010, the film adaptation won Wizards of Waverly Place one more Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards after its television series counterpart had won in the same category the previous year.
Selena Gomez’s first theatrical film Ramona and Beezus was premiered on July 23, 2010 and met by viewers positively. In March 2010, Variety reported that Gomez was chosen to star one of the three lead roles in Monte Carlo movie, alongside Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy. While preparing for the role Gomez was to learn how to play polo and took two weeks of vocal training to master two different British accents. The same year Gomez bore out the Wizards of Waverly Place fourth season would be its last.
In February 2011, Deadline.com reported that Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment had purchased Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why novel and that Selena Gomez casted to the lead. Moreover, TV Guide reported that Gomez would star in the future Muppets film. Filming of the final season of Wizards of Waverly Place finished in May 2011.
Selena Gomez co-hosted the 2011 Much Music Video Awards in June. On November 6, 2011 she hosted the 2011 MTV EMA in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and performed her band’s new song Hit The Lights.
|2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Waterpark Girl||Minor role|
|2005||Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire||Julie||Television movie|
|2008||Another Cinderella Story||Mary Santiago||Direct-to-video
|2008||Horton Hears a Who!||Helga||(Voice)|
|2009||Princess Protection Program||Carter Mason||Disney Channel Original Movie
|2009||Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie||Alex Russo||Disney Channel Original Movie
|2009||Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard||Princess Selenia||(Voice)
|2009||Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds||Princess Selenia||(Voice)|
|2010||Ramona and Beezus||Beatrice “Beezus” Quimby||Main role|
|2011||Monte Carlo||Grace Bennett/Cordelia Winthrop Scott||Main role|
|2011||The Muppets||Herself||Cameo appearance|
|2012||Thirteen Reasons Why||Hannah Baker||Main Role|
Selena Gomez recorded a cover of Cruella de Vil with a music video for the compilation album DisneyMania 6 in 2008. For the Another Cinderella Story soundtrack 3 songs were written by Selena. She also composed Fly to Your Heart soundtrack for Tinker Bell movie filmed in 2008. In July 2008 Selena signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records owned by Disney. In 2009, Gomez recorded One and the Same soundtrack for Princess Protection Program alongside her co-star and best friend Demi Lovato. Gomez recorded four songs for the Wizards of Waverly Place soundtrack, but only one of them – Magic from the album was released.
Selena Gomez and the Scene was formed in 2009. It is a very popular teen band consisting of 5 people: Selena Gomez on vocals, Ethan Roberts on guitar, Joey Clement on bass, Greg Garman on drums and Dane Forrest on keyboards. The band’s debut studio album Kiss and Tell was released on September 29, 2009 by Hollywood Records. It became extremely popular and on March 5, 2010, the album was admitted Gold by RIAA. Naturally – the single from this album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on July 15, 2010. A year later, on September 17, 2010 the band released its second album A Year Without Rain. The album was also accepted warmly by the band’s fans and it debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 4, selling about seventy thousand copies. On January 19, 2011, the album was considered Gold by RIAA. When the Sun Goes Down, the third album of the band titled Otherside, released on June 28, 2011. It debuted at Number 4 on the Billboard 200, selling about eighty thousand copies its first week and became their highest sales week ever. Still, the following week Otherside rose to Number 3 on the Billboard chart and became Selena Gomez and the Scene’s the highest charting album yet. The album’s lead single, – Who Says was certified Platinum by RIAA on June 23, 2011 and has become the bands most successful song on Billboard to date reaching number 21.
|2006||“Brain Zapped”||Brain Zapped|
|2008||“Cruella de Vil”||Disneymania 6|
|2008||“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”||Another Cinderella Story|
|2008||“New Classic” (featuring Drew Seeley)||Another Cinderella Story|
|2008||“Bang a Drum”||Another Cinderella Story|
|2008||“New Classic” (Live) (featuring Drew Seeley)||Another Cinderella Story|
|2008||“Fly to Your Heart”||Tinker Bell|
|2009||“One and the Same” (with Demi Lovato)||Disney Channel Playlist|
|2009||“Everything Is Not What It Seems”||Wizards of Waverly Place|
|2009||“Disappear”||Wizards of Waverly Place|
|2009||“Magical”||Wizards of Waverly Place|
|2009||” Magic”||Wizards of Waverly Place|
|2010||“Trust in Me” (From Disney’s The Jungle Book)||Disneymania 7|
|2010||“Shake It Up”||Shake It Up: Break It Down|
Selena Gomez took part in the UR Votes Count campaign which stimulated teenagers to learn more about 2008 presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. In October 2008, Gomez was involved in St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Runway For Life benefit. Gomez is a spokesmodel for Borden Milk; she appears in the campaign’s print and television ads. She is the ambassador of DoSomething.org after as while filming Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie she’s involved in the charity Island Dog in Puerto Rico. Also, Selena Gomez is a spokesperson for State Farm Insurance, and takes part in their TV commercials which are shown on the Disney Channel to show the importance of being a safe driver. Gomez collaborates with the charity RAISE Hope For Congo, an enterprise of the Enough Project, which helps to find about more about conflict and violence against Congolese women.
In October 2008, Gomez was called UNICEF’s spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign, which stimulated children to collect money on Halloween to help children around the world. Selena commented on that she was “extremely excited” to “encourage other kids to make a difference in the world.”
At the age of 17, Selena Gomez became the youngest UNICEF ambassador (UNICEF – United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund – an agency of the United Nations established in 1946 to help governments (esp. in developing countries) improve the health and education of children and their mothers) ever after the songstress Hayley Westenra who was chosen as ambassador at the age of 18. For her first task, Gomez went to Ghana on September 4, 2009 for a week to provide aid to vulnerable children at unbearable conditions as lacking simple life necessities as clean water,food, proper education and healthcare. During an interview with Associated Press Selena said that she wanted to use her status to bring knowledge to Ghana:”That’s why I feel very honored to have a voice that kids listen to and take into consideration [...] I had people on my tour asking me where IS Ghana, and they Googled it [...] and because I went there, they now know where Ghana is. So it’s pretty incredible.”
As for her ambassador role, Selena said, “Every day 25,000 children die from preventable causes. I stand with UNICEF in the belief that we can change that number from 25,000 to zero. I know we can achieve this because every moment, UNICEF is on the ground providing children with the lifesaving assistance needed to ensure zero becomes a reality.”
Gomez was announced spokesperson for UNICEF’s 2009 Trick-or-Treat campaign, for the second year subsequently. Gomez, who collected over $700,000 for the charity in 2008, claimed that she hoped to gather 1 million dollars in 2009. Gomez took part in a celebrity auction and hosted a live web cast series on Facebook for supporting the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. Next year, Gomez was also UNICEF spokesperson for the 60th anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. In celebration of the 60th anniversary Selena Gomez and The Scene held a charitable concert donating all money to the campaign.
In February 2011, Selena Gomez took trip to Chile to find out and meet with people of UNICEF’s supported program, Programa Puente which helps people raise awareness and enhance skills to cope with pre-school education, development and other points connected with children upbringing. From her trip experience, Gomez said:”UNICEF is helping Chilean families get out of poverty, prevent violence within the home and promote education. To witness first hand these families’ struggles, and also their hope and perseverance, was truly inspiring.”
In March 2011, Gomez was involved in the UNICEF Tap Project’s Celebrity Tap Pack custom-made water bottles consisting tap water from the homes of each celebrity, in order to collect funds and increase profile for the clean water and sanitation programs and starred in videos promoting the campaign.
Gomez takes an active part in Disney’s Friends for Change, an organization which encourages “environmently-friendly behavior”, and is seen in its announcements. Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and the Jonas Brothers recorded Send It On single, a charity single with all of its profits to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Also in 2009, Gomez visited a Los Angeles elementary school as part of the A Day Made Better program that was supported by OfficeMax and gave the school an award and school supplies. She also discussed with students the importance of giving back to the community. Moreover, Selena Gomez has five rescue dogs and says that she’s crazy about animals. In October, 2011 she and her BF Justin Bieber adopted one more dog named Baylor in Winnipeg, Canada.
Selena Gomez took part in Sears back-to-school fashion ad campaign and in television commercials. In August 2009, Gomez also hosted the Sears Arrive Air Band Casting Call in order to select five people for the first Sears Air Band for performing at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
In October 2008, Gomez opened her own production company, July Moon Productions. Moreover, that year she partnered with XYZ Films to create star magazine for Gomez. To carry out the contract points Gomez would have the chance to create own articles, hire writers and create talent works to sell to studios. Moreover, as part of the agreement, XYZ Films would allow Gomez to star in and produce at least two films. Variety reported that,”In August, XYZ [Films] inked a similar deal with Time Inc. and management-production company the Collective to finance the development of the print media giant’s content for the bigscreen. As part of the July Moon-XYZ deal, Selena Gomez will have the ability to cherry-pick projects from the vast Time Inc. library, which includes Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Life.”
Selena Gomez shared her plan to launch her own fashion line called Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez in 2009. A year later, her clothing line hit the stores. There are mainly Greek-style dresses, flower-printed tops, jeans, skirts, jackets, scarves and hats, all made of recycled or eco-friendly materials. Selena Gomez said that the line reflects her personal style and described the clothing as being “pretty, feminine, and bohemian,” and:
With my line, I really want to give the customer options on how they can put their own looks together [...] I want the pieces that can be easy to dress up or down, and the fabrics being eco-friendly and organic is super important [...] Also, the tags will all have some of my inspirational quotes on them. I’m just looking to send a good message.”
Sure Selena Gomez didn’t have any knowledge of fashion industry and collaborated with designers Tony Melillo and Sandra Campos who have worked with famous fashion houses. Gomez said of the partnering:
When I met Tony and Sandra, I was instantly comfortable with them and now they are just like family to me. They are so creative and I love how I can just call them up whenever and talk to them about everything, even if it’s just about changing a button. They’ve been so cool about everything.”
It became known on July 14, 2011, that Gomez had signed an agreement with Adrenalina, sports and adventure-themed lifestyle brand, to work out, produce, and sell the actress’ fragrance. It is expected that her fragrance would appear in the spring of 2012. Chairman and C.E.O. of Adrenalina, Ilia Lekach, said, “We are incredibly enthused to be working with Ms. Gomez and will reveal more details pertaining to the fragrance as we get closer to the launch date.”
Nick Jonas was Selena Gomez’ BF in 2008 after he and Miley Cyrus broke up. But very soon their pair split up. Still, they reunited in early 2010 after being together whilst Nick’s tour with his band, Nick Jonas and the Administration. Everything was okay, but broke up in March. At the time an unknown source told People magazine that the reason for divorcing was their inability to pay attention to each other due to very busy schedules of both Nick and Selena.
Taylor Lautner was Selena Gomez’ boyfriend for a short period. They started seeing each other in 2009 after the two met in Vancouver while she was filming Ramona and Beezus and he was filming New Moon. Selena would later admit the silent relationship to Seventeen magazine. She said at the time that there were no deep feelings in the split-up, and that Taylor made her very happy while they were together. They went different paths and soon Taylor met another Taylor (Swift.)
But Selena met Cameron Quiseng, the bassist for Allstar Weekend. They started dating after her 2010 split from Nick Jonas, if to believe rumors. The two were seen giving hug to each other after a bowling match, those times Cameron was pretty mysterious on the details when asked about his relationship with Selena.
David Henrie has been gossiped to be Selena Gomez’ boyfriend, but there’s no direct indication that the Wizards of Waverly Place co-stars had warm feelings to each other. The rumors started appearing right after Selena split with Nick Jonas in 2010 and before she and Cameron Quiseng created a couple, so this statement can be just rumor.
Rumors that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were dating appeared in late 2010, but they heated them up in January, 2011 when photos showed the two with their arms around each other while lying in the sun poolside in Mexico. They made their public debut as a couple at the Oscars after party in March 2011.
As for friendship, Selena’s on-off BFF is Demi Lovato. Two Disney starlets both dated Jonas Brothers. But lately they’ve seemed to have many troubles. Demi said to magazine interview, “There are times when even if you’ve known someone for a long time, you change. Just because we were best friends doesn’t mean we’re always going to stay best friends.”
|2008||Cruella de Vil|
|2008||Tell Me Something I Don’t Know|
|2008||Fly to Your Heart|
|2009||One and the Same|
|2009||Send It On|
|2010||Round & Round|
|2010||A Year Without Rain|
|2011||Love You Like a Love Song|
|2011||Hit The Lights|